2014 Preseason Award Projections: Guy Award

By Charlie Campbell
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Heading into the 2014 college football season, WalterFootball.com will debut our projections for the nation’s leaders during the fall. The All-American teams always have some surprises, and the next fall’s stars could be the headline players next May for the 2015 NFL Draft. We also will project the winners of the postseason awards that are given out to the best of college football.

The Ray Guy Award is given to the best punter in college football. Last year’s winner was Memphis punter Tom Hornsey.

Ray Guy Award Winner:

Drew Kaser, Texas A&M

Kaser was a First-Team All-SEC selection last year as he led the conference with a huge 47.4 yards per punt average. That beat the school record of 47 yards per punt previously held by NFL great Shane Lechler. Kaser recorded a 76-yard punt and 17 punts over 50 yards. Kaser has a powerful leg and plays in good conditions to produce a massive season. The Aggies have had some standout specialists over the years, including recently, so it wouldn’t be surprising if Kaser is deemed the best punter in the nation.

Ray Guy Award Runner-Up:

Spencer Roth, Baylor

Roth had an excellent junior season in 2013 as he averaged 46 yards per punt with a long of 72. He helped Baylor play field position and force the opposition to deal with long fields. In 2012, Roth averaged 44 yards per punt after 41 as a freshman. One issue that could hurt Roth’s average is playing for an offense like the Bears; he will have more short punts to attempt to pin the opponent inside the 20-yard line. That could hurt his net average and give other players a better shot at the Ray Guy Award.

Ray Guy Award Dark Horse:

Mike Sadler, Michigan State

Sadler had a quality 2013 season with 43 yards per punt. The junior had a long of 69 yards. He took over as the Spartans punter in the 2011 season and averaged 41.1 yards, including 25 punts downed inside the 20. As a sophomore, Sadler improved his average to 43.3 yards with 31 punts placed inside the 20. He also improved his punts of over 50 yards that year from six to 19. Sadler has rough conditions for punting, plus he has a good offense that could cause him to aim for shorter punts that down the ball inside the 20-yard line.

Honorable Mentions: UAB’s Hunter Mullins, North Carolina’s Thomas Hibbard, North Carolina State’s Will Baumann.

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