The Ray Guy award will be presented to the nation's best collegiate punter as determined by a national selection committee made up of sports writers, college football coaches and sports information directors, former punters and members designated by the Greater Augusta Sports Council. Among the statistics used to identify the Ray Guy Award winner are total yardage punted, number of times a punt is downed or kicked out of bounds inside the opponents 20-yard line, net average, average returned yardage, and percentage of punts not returned. It is also of importance for the award winner to display team leadership, self-discipline, and to have a positive impact on the team's success.
The Ray Guy Award watch list will be narrowed to ten semi-finalists to be announced in early-November. The national voting body will then vote for the top three finalists who will be announced at the end of November. On Dec. 8, 2005 the top three finalists will be in Orlando, Florida for the Home Depot College Football awards show. The winner will be announced live on ESPN.
2005 Ray Guy Award Watch list
NAME SCHOOL CLASS Troy Blankenship Iowa State Senior Kody Bliss Auburn University Junior Joshua Brazen Kent State Senior Adam Brooks Wyoming Senior Dave Brytus Purdue University Sophomore Brendan Carney Syracuse Senior Cole Chason Clemson Junior Ken Debauche Wisconsin Sophomore Ryan Dougherty East Carolina Junior Gordon Ely-Kelso University of Georgia Junior Brandon Fields Michigan State Junior Nate Fry Bowling Green State U Senior Tyler Gaus New Mexico Senior Adam Graessle Pittsburgh Junior Chris Hall Florida State Senior Ryan Hoffman Illinois State Senior Ryan Hotchkiss UTEP Junior Luke Johnson Southern Miss Senior Jeremy Kapinos Penn State Junior Sam Koch Nebraska Senior Mike Lingiua Fresno State Junior Chris Macdonald Arizona State Sophomore Tom Malone Univ Southern Cal Senior Ryan Mentzel SMU Senior Matt Miller Ohio Senior Kurt Milne Hawaii Junior Brian Monroe Miami Junior Parker Mullins Univ of Alabama-B'ham Junior Thomas Olmsted Troy University Senior Sam Paulescu Oregon State Senior Ryan Plackemeier Wake Forest Senior Adam Podlesh Maryland Junior Tim Reyer Kansas State Sophomore Alex Reyes Texas Tech Junior Daniel Sepulveda Baylor Junior Joel Stelly Louisiana-Monroe Senior Billy Sullivan University of Akron Senior John Torp Colorado Senior Steve Weatherford Illinois Senior Andrew Wellock Eastern Michigan Junior Eric Wilbur Florida Junior