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Utah State's Tyler Bennett Named a Candidate for 2012 Ray Guy Award

Thursday, Nov. 01, 2012

USU football, Tyler Bennett in action

Utah State football player Tyler Bennett is one of 69 candidates for the 2012 Ray Guy Award, which identifies the nation's top collegiate punter. (photo from Athletics website)

Utah State [University] football player Tyler Bennett is one of 69 candidates for the 2012 Ray Guy Award, which identifies the nation's top collegiate punter, it was recently announced by the Augusta Sports Council.

Bennett is one of five players from the Western Athletic Conference nominated for the 2012 Ray Guy Award along with Idaho's Bobby Cowan, New Mexico State's Cayle Chapman-Brown, San Jose State's Harrison Waid and Louisiana Tech's Ryan Allen who is the 2011 Ray Guy Award winner. Bennett also joins two players from the state of Utah on the list in BYU's Riley Stephenson and Utah's Sean Sellwood.

Bennett, a 5-11, 218-pound senior punter from Phoenix, Ariz., (North Canyon HS/Phoenix CC) ranks fifth in the WAC and 44th in the nation averaging 42.0 yards per punt. On the season, he has punted 47 times for 1,976 yards and has had eight 50-yard punts including a season-long of 59 yards against Utah. Bennett has also had 24 of his punts downed inside the 20 this season and only two of his 47 punts have been touchbacks.

Ten semi-finalists for the 2012 Ray Guy Award will be announced Nov. 9. 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 Nov. 19. 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 Show live Thursday, Dec. 6, at 5:30 p.m. MT on ESPN.

Ray Guy Award
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. The Ray Guy Award winner is determined by a national voting body of sports writers, college coaches, sports information directors and past Ray Guy Award winners. Among the statistics used to identify the winner is net punting average, number of times a punt is downed or kicked out of bounds inside the opponents 20-yard line, total yardage punted, average returned yardage and percentage of punts not returned. The winner must display team leadership, self-discipline and have a positive impact on the team's success.

Augusta Sports Council
The Augusta Sports Council (ASC), a non-profit organization which strengthens the quality of life and economic well-being of the city of Augusta by recruiting, supporting and attracting sporting events. More information is at the council’s website.

National College Football Awards Association
The Ray Guy Award is a member of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA). The NCFAA was founded in 1997 as a coalition of the major collegiate football awards to protect, preserve and enhance the integrity, influence and prestige of the game's predominant awards. The NCFAA encourages professionalism and the highest standards for the administration of its member awards and the selection of their candidates and recipients. More information is at the association's official website.

Additional Aggie sports news is available at the Athletics website.

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