Irwin-Hill Named To Ray Guy Watch List

Arkansas punter Sam Irwin-Hill, who averaged 44.3 yards per kick last season, has been one of 25 players named to the Ray Guy Award Preseason Watch List.

Arkansas senior punter Sam Irwin-Hill has gone from Australia to being one of the best in the United States.

The Australiann-born Irwin-Hill, who averaged 44.3 yards per punt last season (third-best in the SEC), was one of 25 players named Wednesday to the Ray Guy Award Watch List.

The award, which is sponsored by the Augusta Sports Council and is in honor of former NFL and Collegiate All-American punter Ray Guy, is presented annually to the nation’s best collegiate punter.

It will be announced Thursday, Dec. 11 during Thee Home Depot College Football Awards.

Irwin Hill led the SEC with 20 punts landing inside the 20 yard line in a season where he was named a candidate for Ray Guy Award in 2013.

His long punt of the season was a 79-yarder against South Carolina and his last punt of the season pinned LSU on its own 1-yard line.

Irwin-Hill, who can kick with either foot, also converted first downs with a 24-yard pass for a first down at Rutgers and a 12-yard run against Alabama.

He had three punts in the spring game for a 55.3 yard average with an 85-yarder thrown in there.

Irwin-Hill is one of three SEC punters on the watch list along with Texas A&M’s Drew Kaser and Vanderbilt’s Taylor Hudson.

2014 Ray Guy Award Preseason Watch List:

• Zach Paul (Jr.), Akron

• Sam Irwin-Hill (Sr.), Arkansas

Spencer Roth (Sr.), Baylor

Cole Leininger (Jr.), California

Will Monday (Jr.), Duke

• Sean Kelley (Jr.), Florida Atlantic

Garrett Swanson (Jr.), Fresno State

Austin Rehkow (So.), Idaho

•  Trevor Pardula (Sr.), Kansas

Anthony Melchiori (Jr.), Kent State

Justin Manton (Sr.), LA.-Monroe

• Tyler Williams (Jr.), Marshall

Mike Sadler (Sr.), Michigan State

Peter Mortell (Jr.), Minnesota

Thomas Hibbard (Sr.), North Carolina

· Wil Baumann (Sr.), North Carolina State

Cameron Johnston (So.), Ohio State

• James Farrimond (Jr.), Rice

Riley Dixon (Jr.), Syracuse

• Drew Kaser (Jr.), Texas A&M

Hunter Mullins (Sr.), UAB

• Tom Hackett (Jr.), Utah

• Taylor Hudson (Sr.), Vanderbilt

• A.J. Hughes (Jr.), Virginia Tech

• Nick O’Toole (Jr.), West Virginia

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