by Chuck Pool (firstname.lastname@example.org) -
Rice junior punter Jack Fox, who leads Conference USA with a 45.7 average through the first three games of the season, has joined the watch list for the Ray Guy Award, which honors the top college punter.
A native of St. Louis, Fox is in his second season of handling the Owls punting chores. He opened the 2017 season by averaging a career-best 48.1 yards against Stanford in Sydney, Australia, highlighted by a career-best kick of 62 yards. Most recently, he averaged 46.4 against Houston. He has placed five of his first 18 punts inside the opponents 20 and has five punts of 50 yards or better this year.
The Ray Guy Award was created by the Augusta Sports Council in 2000 to honor Thomson, Georgia native and College and Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee, Ray Guy. Among the statistics used to identify the winner is net punting average, number of times punt is downed or kicked out of bounds inside the opponents 20-yard line, total yardage punted, average returned yardage and percentage of punts not returned with particular emphasis placed on net punting average. The winner must display team leadership, self-discipline and have a positive impact on the team's success.