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Kelly Nominated for Ray Guy Award
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Kelly Nominated for Ray Guy Award

Oct. 31, 2016

University of South Carolina senior punter Sean Kelly is one of 66 collegiate punters nominated for the 2016 Ray Guy Award, the Augusta Sports Council announced today.

Kelly, a 5-10, 190-pounder from Oakland, Fla., has booted 51 punts this season for a 41.6-yard average. Of his 51 punts, 22 have been inside the 20 with only three touchbacks. Eight of his punts have traveled 50 yards or longer, including a season-best 66-yarder.

The list of candidates will be narrowed down to ten semifinalists to be announced on Friday, November 11. Following the announcement, a national body of Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) Sports Information Directors, coaches, media representatives and previous Ray Guy Award winners will vote for the three finalists who will be identified on Tuesday, November 22. The voting body will then cast ballots to select the winner. The 2016 Ray Guy Award winner will be announced live on ESPN during The Home Depot College Football Awards on Thursday, December 8.

The Augusta Sports Council created the Ray Guy Award in 2000 to honor Thomson, Georgia native and College/Pro Football Hall of Fame Inductee, Ray Guy. The Ray Guy Award winner is determined by a national voting body of sports writers, college coaches, sports information directors and past Ray Guy Award winners. Among the statistics used to identify the winner is net punting average, number of times a punt is downed or kicked out of bounds inside the opponent’s 20-yard line, total yardage punted, average returned yardage and percentage of punts not returned. The winner must display team leadership, self-discipline and have a positive impact on the team’s success.

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