A year ago, going into his sophomore season, Alabama punter JK Scott was not only named to the Ray Guy Award watch list, he was the favorite after an outstanding freshman season for the Crimson Tide. He didn’t have quite as good a sophomore season, but it was good enough that he is on the watch list again this year.
Scott was a finalist for the award as a freshman and is one of 28 punters from around the nation named to the watch list by the Augusta (Ga.) Sports Council for 2016.
Scott, a two-year starter for the Crimson Tide, produced the best season for a punter in Alabama football history as a true freshman and followed that with a solid outing in 2015. He earned first team All-America honors from Sporting News and boasts a career average of 45.9 yards per punt on 125 career kicks. Scott has dropped 56 career punts inside the 20-yard line with 44 going 50 yards or more. As a freshman in 2014, he led the nation in punting at 48.0 yards per kick and net punting at 44.7 yard per punt.
The Ray Guy Award has been presented annually since 2000 by the Augusta Sports Council to recognize the top punter in college football. The award is named in honor of former Southern Miss and Oakland Raiders punter Ray Guy. The 2016 winner will be announced at the College Football Awards Show in December.