Candidates for the Ray Guy Award for the nation's best punter are evaluated on their overall contributions to their teams, with emphasis placed on: net average, percentage of total punts inside the 20, average return yardage and percentage not returned. Prior winners include: Louisiana Tech's Ryan Allen (2012, 2011), Florida's Chas Henry (2010), Georgia's Drew Butler (2009) and Oklahoma State's Matt Fodge (2008).
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The Ray Guy Award nominees
Tom Hornsey: Memphis' punter ranks ninth nationally with a 45.2-yard average, boosting his career average to 43.1. He has had only one punt blocked in his career, and this season 18 of his 62 punts traveled 50 or more yards, including a career-long 79 yards against Duke in Week 1. In addition, 29 of his punts went inside the 20-yard line.
Drew Kaser: Playing on Texas A&M's high-powered offense, Kaser isn't called upon as much as some other punters. However, he makes his kicks count, coming in third in the country with a 47.4 yards-per-punt average. A redshirt sophomore in his first season as a starter, Kaser has boomed 17 of 44 punts more than 50 yards and 17 have also landed inside the 20.
Cody Webster: Purdue's senior punter has posted a career high in yards per punt this season, with a 43.5 average. He has sent 17 of his 70 punts 50 yards or more and landed 24 of them inside the 20. He has handled the punting duties for Purdue since the second game of his freshman season.