Hornsey Named Ray Guy Award Semifinalist
Nov. 8, 2013
The Augusta Sports Council has announced the ten semifinalists for the 2013 Ray Guy Award. University of Memphis senior Tom Hornsey is among the list of semifinalists who were chosen from a field of 85 candidates for the award, which recognizes the most outstanding punter in college football.
The candidates were evaluated on their overall statistics and contribution to the team. Particular emphasis was placed on each punter’s net average, percentage of total punts inside the 20-yard line and percentage of punts not returned.
A national voting body of Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) coaches, sports information directors, national media and former Ray Guy Award winners will decide the three award finalists, who will be announced on Nov. 25th. Voters will then cast a second round of ballots to decide the winner.
Hornsey ranks eighth nationally this week, averaging 44.9 yards per punt.
In looking at the statistics the Ray Guy Award Committee emphasizes, Memphis ranks second nationally in net punting with a 42.31 net yard average and Hornsey has a 43.46 net punting individual average; the Tigers have had only 12 of 52 punts returned (34 percent) for a 4.33 yards per return average; and Hornsey has dropped 14-of-35 punts (40 percent) inside opponents’ 20-yard line which ranks 13th nationally.
Of his 14 punts inside opponents’ 20, six have been downed inside opponents’ 10-yard line. Over his four-year career, only 10 of Hornsey’s 270 career punts have gone into the end zone for touchbacks including just two this season.
During his career, the native of Geelong, Victoria, Australia, has converted four fake punts (on as many attempts) for first downs including a 14-yard run in 2013. Last season he completed a 61-yard pass for a first down and had a 21-yard run.
Hornsey currently has a 42.92 career punting average and has set school records for most career punts and punting yardage (11,588).
Early this season Hornsey was named the inaugural winner of the Ray Guy Award Punter of the Week award. He received the recognition after averaging 49.6 yards on five punts in the Middle Tennessee game.
The presentation of the Ray Guy Award will be featured on The Home Depot College Football Awards live on Thursday, Dec. 12 at 6:30 p.m. on ESPN. The show, hosted by ESPN’s Chris Fowler, Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit and Desmond Howard will feature live presentation of nine player awards, along with the recipients of Disney’s Spirit Award, The Home Depot Coach of the Year Award, the NCFAA (National College Football Awards Association) Contributions to College Football Award, and student-athletes selected to the Walter Camp All-America Team.
The Augusta Sports Council created the Ray Guy Award in 2000 to honor Thomson, Ga., native and College Football Hall of Fame inductee, Ray Guy. In additional to looking at season statistics, the winner must display team leadership, self-discipline and have a positive impact on his team’s success.
Hornsey is a member of head coach Justin Fuente’s 14-member Leadership Council and has been a team captain every game this season.
Steven Clark (Sr.) – Auburn
Memphis’ Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award Semifinalist Jake Elliott
Memphis is the only collegiate program to have a semifinalist named for both marquee special teams awards.
In addition to Hornsey being selected one of 10 semifinalists for the Ray Guy Award, freshman place kicker Jake Elliott is a semifinalist for the Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award.
Elliott was perfect on his first 11 field goal attempts as a collegian. He booted a career-long, 52-yarder against SMU before missing from 39 yards out later in the game, his only miss of the season.
Heading into this weekend, he is ranked 16th nationally in field goals per game (1.6) and 19th in field goal percentage (.917). Elliott is 5-for-5 on field goal attempts from 40 yards or more. He leads the Tigers in points scored with 46 and is perfect on PATs (13-of-13).
Memphis fans can show their support for Elliott by voting for him as their favorite semifinalist for at THIS LINK.