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Campbell makes Ray Guy Award watch list

Alex Edwards/The Daily Mississippian

 

Ole Miss’ Tyler Campbell has been named to the preseason watch list for the 2012 Ray Guy Award, which honors the nation’s top collegiate punter. The list of 25 candidates was announced Wednesday by the Augusta Sports Council. 

The Rebel senior from Little Rock, Ark., was also selected preseason All-SEC second team by the Birmingham News and Lindy’s and was chosen third team by Athlon. He is a two-time all-conference honoree and the 2010 NCAA punting champion. 

Campbell is among five Southeastern Conference punters on the Ray Guy Award Watch List, which is the most candidates by a conference in the nation. There are nine returning Ray Guy Award semifinalists from 2011, including last year’s winner, Ryan Allen of Louisiana Tech. 

The number of eligible candidates for this season will grow when the award opens for nominations in September. The complete list of candidates will be released on Oct. 26. In early November, the Ray Guy Award committee will meet to select the 10 semifinalists, who will be announced on Nov. 9. A national body of Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) sports information directors, coaches, media representatives and previous Ray Guy Award winners will then vote for the top three finalists, to be announced on Nov. 19. After the finalists are named, the voting body will cast ballots again to select the nation’s top punter. 

The winner will be announced live during The Home Depot College Football Awards airing on ESPN on Thursday, Dec. 6. 

Earlier this week, Ole Miss' Evan Swindall was named to the final 2012 Watch List for the Rimington Trophy, which honors college football's top center. 

A junior from LaFayette, Ga., Swindall has started nine games at center over the last two seasons, including the final seven games of 2011. He is one of only two returning starters on the Rebel offensive line and the only one to maintain his starting spot through spring drills. 

About the Ray Guy Award 

The Augusta Sports Council created the Ray Guy Award in 2000 to honor Thomson, Ga., native and College 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 opponents 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.