Oct. 29, 2012
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Marshall freshman punter Tyler Williams was named to the Ray Guy Award Candidate List, as announced by the Augusta Sports Council on Monday.
The list, which consists of 69 student-athletes, will be narrowed to 10 semifinalists to be announced Nov. 9. Following that announcement, a national body of Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) sports information directors, coaches, media representatives, and previous Ray Guy Award winners will vote for the three finalists, who will be identified Nov. 19. The voting body will then cast ballots to select a winner.
Williams, a Springfield, Ore., native and Fort Wayne, Ind., resident, is second in Conference USA and ninth nationally with a 46.0-yard average. Of his 29 punts, 12 have been placed inside the 20-yard line and nine have been of the 50-yards-plus variety. The 6-foot, 195-pound Williams was named Conference USA Special Teams Player of the Week following his Sept. 22 performance at Rice, where he averaged 50.8 yards (including a 66-yarder) on his five kicks, dropping three inside the 20.
If he maintains his current average, Williams will set the single-season school record, surpassing that of Travis Colquitt, who averaged 45.1 yards on 37 kicks in 1994.
The presentation of the Ray Guy Award will be featured on The Home Depot College Football Awards live on Dec. 6 at 7:30 pm ET 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.