AUGUSTA, Ga. - Baylor freshman punter Drew Galitz was named one of 79 candidates for the 2015 Ray Guy Award, the Augusta Sports Council announced Friday. The Ray Guy Award honors the nation's top collegiate punter.
Galitz, a first-year starter from Rowlett, Texas, has punted 17 times for 745 yards for an average of 43.8 yards per punt in Baylor’s first seven games.
The freshman had a season-long boot of 61 yards against Texas Tech. He has had four punts placed inside the 20-yard line and no touchbacks. He also has three 50-yard punts on the year.
Galitz currently ranks fourth in the Big 12 in punting average (43.8). That mark would also be 30th nationally if he met the minimum punt requirement.
Despite Baylor's nation-best offense not needing to punt often, Galtiz has helped BU lead the Big 12 and rank fourth nationally in net punting at 42.29.
The award has been given annually since 2000. Baylor's Daniel Sepulveda is the only two-time winner of the award (2004 and 2006). Meanwhile, Galitz's predecessor at BU, Spencer Roth, was a two-time watch list member and before that Derek Epperson, was a 2008 semifinalist for the honor and a three-time watch list member.
This candidate list will be narrowed to 10 semifinalists on Nov. 13. Following the semifinalists 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 top three finalists, who will be selected on Nov. 23. The voting body will then cast ballots to select the winner.
The presentation of the Ray Guy Award will be featured on The Home Depot College Football Awards live on Dec. 10.
As a team, Baylor is off to a 7-0 and 4-0 start in Big 12 action. This week, Baylor is ranked No. 2 in both the USA Today Coaches Poll and the AP Top 25.
Baylor will now travel to face Kansas State Thursday. That game will be televised at 6:30 p.m. by FS1.
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