The nation’s leading punter, Ian Campbell, was named one of 10 semifinalists for the Ray Guy Award announced by the Augusta Sports Council on Friday.
The candidates were evaluated on their overall statistics and contribution to the team.
Campbell ranks first in the nation in punting with an average of 47.6 yards per punt, kicking 36 times for a total of 1,714 yards. The Duarte, Calif. native has 15 punts covering 50-plus yards and has averaged three games with at least 50 yards (54.8 vs. Stony Brook, 54.7 vs. Colorado State & 50.6 vs. Houston).
Campbell has had as many punts fair caught (five) as have gone for touchbacks (five) and registered 13 punts inside the 20-yard line.
UTEP’s opponents have been limited to an average return of 5.5 yards this season with long return has been four yards or less in seven of the nine games on the year.
The finalists will be announced on Nov. 21 with the final award presentation on December 8.
A list of the 10 finalists follows.
2011 Ray Guy Award Semifinalists
Ryan Allen (Jr.) – Louisiana Tech
Ian Campbell (Jr.) – UTEP
Steven Clark (So.) – Auburn
Bobby Cowan (Jr.) – Idaho
Scott Kovanda (Jr.) – Ball State
Richie Leone (So.) – Houston
Pat O’Donnell (Jr.) – Cincinnati
Jackson Rice (Jr.) – Oregon
Brian Schmiedebusch (So.) – Bowling Green
Brad Wing (Fr.) - LSU