(Special to Fightin' Gators)
University of Florida punter Johnny Townsend has been named one of 10 semifinalists for the Ray Guy Award, the Augusta Sports Council announced on Friday morning. The Ray Guy Award is given annually to the nation's top college punter.
The redshirt sophomore has already punted a total of 49 times in the 2015 campaign. Townsend has averaged 43.7 yards per punt which is good for 35th nationally. The Orlando, Fla. native has been instrumental to the Gators dominating field position this season, placing 18 of those 49 punts inside the opponents' 20-yard line.
The Ray Guy Award recipient is determined by a national voting body of sports writers, college coaches, sports information directors and past Ray Guy Award winners. The criteria to win the Ray Guy Award is based upon statistical categories such as net punting average, number of times a punt is downed or kicked out of bounds inside the opponents' 20-yard lines, total punt yardage and others.
The first round of voting will take place from November 17 through 22 to select the three finalists. The winner will be selected in the second round of voting from November 24 to December 4. The Ray Guy Award will be announced at the Home Depot College Football Awards in Atlanta, Ga. on December 10.