Christy Named Candidate for Ray Guy Award

One of the biggest surprises of the year on this 2012 Gator football team is punter Kyle Christy. After a not so memorable freshman season in 2011, Christy worked hard on his punting in the off-season and he now has turned in to a real weapon. He also is starting to be recognized getting the SEC Special Teams Player of the Week and today named to the ray Guy Award Watch List.

The announcement from the Augusta Sports Council on Friday comes less than a week after Kyle Christy punted seven times for an average of 54.3 yards setting a new school record. He also tallied six punts of the seven for more than 50 yards against South Carolina.

Christy's 47.9 yard average on the season leads the nation and had a career high 62 yard punt against the gamecocks and has three punts of at least 60 yards in his career.

A year ago Christy struggled to get on the field for the entire season. A three-step punter in high school, he had to convert to two-steps in order to get punts off in time and not get blocked. After a season of getting through that, he has transformed into a weapon that Florida head coach Will Muschamp can factor into the overall game plan.

The list for the ray Guy Award will be narrowed to ten semi-finalists to be announced on November 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 on November 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 live on Thursday, December 6 at 7:30 pm ET on ESPN.

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