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Few people probably know this (or even care), but the Ray Guy Award is handed out annually to college football's best punter. Yes it is a somewhat meaningless award and really doesn't mean very much in terms of a team's prestige, but I think like everything else, it's important that they get it right.

As you might suspect, I am under the impression that they missed.

So far, there are 10 semifinalists for the Award, however, they missed out on two of the nations top 10 punters, and one of the top 3! Of course, both these punters are from the Pac-10.

Ted Miller, a blogger for ESPN.com, pointed out that the list of semifinalists does not include either Trevor Hawkins of Arizona State or Jeff Locke of UCLA.

Two Pac-10 punters did make the list, Reid Forrest of Washington State, and Bryan Anger of Cal.

However, what is this award even for when a guy like Hawkins, who is 3rd in the nation in avg punt yards does not make the list? Hawkins, at 47.1 yards per punt leads the Pac-10, and as mentioned, is 3rd in the nation. And Locke ranks 2nd in the Pac-10 and ninth in the nation.

While I am pleased to see guys like Bryan Anger and Reid Forrest (a bright spot for Wazzu?) make the list, why did they? I mean, if they were not even the top 2 punters in their conference, why did they make the list?

I won't bother wasting anyone's time with anymore of my East Coast bias theories, but there is something to be said when the voters missed out on two of the nation's best punters... ironically both from the Pac-10.

Oh well, life goes on.

 
November 17, 2010  01:26 PM ET

You need to understand what the selection of the top punters are based on. Having a punter that can blast the ball down the field with no hang time and lots of return yardage is not how the punters are picked for the award. Fair catches, inside the 20, return yardage, net yards per punt are some of the factors of the award. Statistics do tell who the best punters in America are, but gross yards per punt is not the one they pick by.

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