Kaufman Named To 2007 Ray Guy Award Watch List

Written by: NMSU Athletic Dept.

AUGUSTA, GA - The Greater Augusta Sports Council announced today the watch list for the 2007 Ray Guy Award, which identifies the nation’s top collegiate punter. New Mexico State punter Jared Kaufman was among the watch list nominees.

Kaufman a native of Littleton, Colo., has been the Aggies full-time punter for the last two seasons. This season, Kaufman is averaging 44.4 yards per punt, with a long of 61. The Aggies currently rank third in net punting in the WAC and 19th nationally.

In 2006, Kaufman helped the Aggies lead the WAC in net punting with 38.3 a punt, which was also good for sixth in the nation.

The Ray Guy Award is determined by a national selection committee made up of sports writers, college football coaches, sports information directors, past Ray Guy Award winners, and members designated by the Greater Augusta Sports Council. Among the statistics used to identify the Ray Guy Award winner are total yardage punted, number of times a punt is downed or kicked out of bounds inside the opponents 20-yard line, net average, average returned yardage, and percentage of punts not returned. It is also of importance for the award winner to display team leadership, self-discipline, and to have a positive impact on the team’s success.

The Ray Guy Award watch-list will be narrowed to ten semi-finalists, to be announced in early-November. The national voting body will then vote for the top three finalists who will be announced at the end of November. The award will be presented live on ESPN December 6, 2007 during the Home Depot College Football Awards Show.