On Monday, the Augusta Sports Council announced its three finalists for the Ray Guy Award, which annually goes to college football’s best punter. Amongst the three finalists is Ohio State senior Cameron Johnston; he is joined by Texas sophomore Michael Dickson and Utah sophomore Mitch Wishnowsky.
Finalists for the award are selected by a national group of voters comprised of FBS coaches, sports information directors, national media members, and former Ray Guy Award winners. The same group will cast another ballot at the conclusion of the season to pick a winner.
The award places special emphasis on net punting average, percentage of punts downed inside the 20-yard line, the percentage of punts not returned, and the total number of punts.
Wishnowsky leads the country with a 48.61 yards per punt average over 54 kicks. Dickson is fourth at 47.26 ypp with 57 punts, and Johnston comes in fifth at 46.28 over 43 attempts.
The Buckeye punter has 13 punts of 50 yards or more, and 21 that were downed inside the 20. Dickson has 22 punts of more than 50 yards and 24 downed inside the 20. Wishnowsky leads the nation with 26 punts of 50 yards or more, and has 31 that were downed inside the 20-yard line.
All three Ray Guy finalists are native Australians. The winner will be announced on The Home Depot College Football Awards show on ESPN on December 8th.