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Would the Augusta (Ga.) Sports Council leave Augusta National out of its list of 10 best golf courses?
That august body has managed to select 10 semifinalists for the Ray Guy Award, which it awards to the nation’s best college punter, and did not include Alabama punter JK Scott.
Scott, a two-time All-America, is having his third consecutive outstanding season for the nation’s best football team. He ranks second in the nation in punting with 36 kicks for a 48.4 average (second by four-tenths of a yard, about a foot).
The junior leads the Southeastern Conference in punting and came into this season as fourth all-time in SEC punting. He led the nation in punting as a freshman. but was passed over for the Ray Guy Award that year.
The 66 candidates for the award were evaluated by the crack Ray Guy Award committee for their overall statistics and contribution to the team. According to the Augusta Sports Council, “Particular emphasis was placed on number of punts, gross average, net average, percent inside the 20, and percent not returned.”
This year Scott has forced nine fair catches and dropped 13 inside the 20.
He leads the nation with 20 of his 36 punts (55.6 per cent) being more than 50 yards, and has a long of 66 yards – one of six of 60 or more yards. Opponents have returned only 12 punts for a 9.9 average.
Here are the semifinalists, nine of whom rank below Scott:
Austin Barnes (Jr.), Eastern Michigan University
Nicholas Conte (Sr.), University of Virginia
Steven Coutts (So.), University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Joseph Davidson (Jr.), Bowling Green State University
Michael Dickson (So.), University of Texas
Hayden Hunt (Sr.), Colorado State University
Cameron Johnston (Sr.), Ohio State University
Zach Sinor (So.), Oklahoma State University
Johnny Townsend (Jr.), University of Florida
Mitch Wishnowsky (So.), University of Utah
Wishnowsky ranks first in the nation with a 48.4 average.