July 9, 2014
AUGUSTA, Ga. – The Augusta Sports Council has announced the preseason watch list for the 2014 Ray Guy Award, which honors the nation’s top collegiate punter, including Rice’s James Farrimond.
The 25 candidates on the list incorporate a broad spectrum of Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) punters. Drew Kaser (Texas A&M) is the lone returning Ray Guy Award finalist from 2013. Returning semifinalists include Cameron Johnston (Ohio State) and Mike Sadler (Michigan State).
In his first season handling Rice’s punting duties, the San Antonio native booted 71 kicks for an average of 42.1 yards and a long punt of 66 yards. In his debut at Texas A&M, Farrimond averaged 42.5 yards per punt. He also shined late in the season, pinning Tulane at its 3-yard line in the final minutes to help the Owls secure a division title. In the following week, he placed 3-of-4 punts inside Marshall’s 10-yard line and averaged 49.2 yards per punt in Rice’s Conference USA Championship victory.
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. 31. In early November, the Ray Guy Award committee will meet to select 10 semi-finalists, who will be announced on Nov. 14. 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. 24. 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. 11, 2014.
Farrimond is the second Owl named to an award watch list this week, as junior defensive tackle Christian Covington was named to the Chuck Bednarik Award preseason watch list earlier this week. Three other punters from Conference USA made the watch list, including Florida Atlantic’s Sean Kelley, UAB’s Hunter Mullins and Marshall’s Tyler Williams.
Rice will open training camp for the 2014 season on August 4 and open the 2014 season on August 30 at Notre Dame.