Friday, November 12, 2010
Ray Guy semifinalists: Santella, Donahue
By ESPN.com staff
Illinois' Anthony Santella and Iowa's Ryan Donahue are among the 10 semifinalists for the Ray Guy Award, given to the nation's top collegiate punter.
Santella led the nation in punting for part of the season and ranks eighth with an average of 46.2 yards per boot. He has had 16 punts of 50 yards or longer and placed 12 punts inside the opponent's 20-yard line.
Donahue ranks 19th nationally in punting average (45 ypp). He has 10 punts of 50 yards or longer and a whopping 16 punts placed inside the opponent's 20-yard line.
The notable omission here is Michigan State's Aaron Bates, or, as I like to call him, the Most Famous Punter in America. Not only does he rank 15th nationally in punting average (45.4 ypp) with 10 punts placed inside the opponent's 20-yard line, but he boasts a passer rating of 475 after connecting on "Little Giants" and "Mousetrap," two fakes that led to Michigan State touchdowns.
It's really a shame not to see Bates on the list.
Three finalists will be announced Nov. 22, and the Ray Guy Award winner will be named Dec. 9 as part of the Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards Show.