Nov. 1, 2011
HUNTINGTON, W.Va.-Marshall punter Kase Whitehead was selected to the Ray Guy Award Watch List Tuesday by the Greater Augusta Sports Council.
Defensive end Vinny Curry is also in the running for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy (nation’s best defensive player), Chuck Bednarik Award (nation’s best defensive player) and the Rotary Lombardi Award (nation’s best lineman).
Whitehead, a native of Maryville, Tenn., is tied for 12th nationally with 16 punts that have been downed inside the 20-yard line. On the season, he has averaged 39.6 yards on 55 kicks with 10 having to be fair caught. He has earned Conference USA Special Teams Player of the Week honors twice this season, once after he downed five punts inside the eight-yard line in a 26-20 win over Southern Miss on Sept. 10 and the other after he planted four of his five kicks inside the 20 in a 17-13 win at Louisville on Oct. 1.
The list will be narrowed to ten semi-finalists to be announced on November 11. Following the semi-finalists 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 top three finalists, who will be identified on November 21. The voting body will then cast ballots to select the winner.
The presentation of the Ray Guy Award will be featured on The Home Depot College Football Awards live on Thursday, December 8 at 9:00 pm ET on ESPN. The show, hosted by ESPN's Chris Fowler, Lee Corson, 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. Fans can visit the show's dedicated web site at www.espncollegefootballawards.com to find the latest college football awards news, including show details, previous winners, fan voting, a photo gallery and video highlights.