Vogel Named to the Ray Guy Award Watch List

CORAL GABLES, Fla. – The Augusta Sports Council selected senior punter Justin Vogel of the University of Miami football team to the 2016 Ray Guy Award Preseason Watch List on Thursday.


Vogel is one of 28 candidates that were named to the preseason watch list for the award, which honors the nation’s top collegiate punter.


Vogel was named to the Ray Guy Preseason watch list after another standout season handling the punting duties for the Hurricanes.


In 2015, the Tampa, Fla., native, finished seventh in the ACC in punting average (42.5 yards per punt) and 43rd nationally. A two-time Ray Guy Award nominee, Vogel dropped 20 punts inside-the-20 yard line and had 13 punts of 50 yards-or-more.


At the end of the year, Vogel earned All-ACC honorable mention recognition by the coaches.


The number of eligible candidates for this season will grow when the award opens for nominations in September. The complete list of candidates will be released on Oct. 28. In early November, the Ray Guy Award committee will meet to select the 10 semi-finalists, who will be announced on Nov. 11.


A national body of Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) sports information directors, coaches, media representatives, and previous Ray Guy Award winners will then vote for the top three finalists, to be announced on Nov. 22.


After the finalists are named, the voting body will cast ballots again to select the nation’s top punter. The winner will be announced live during The Home Depot College Football Awards airing on ESPN on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016.

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