Florida punter Johnny Townsend is one of 10 semifinalists for the 2016 Ray Guy Award.
The list was announced Friday by the Augusta Sports Council and included Townsend as the only SEC selection.
The Florida junior from Orlando is one of three returners to the list of semifinalists. He was one of 66 candidates up for the award.
Townsend has punted 41 times for 1,929 yards, a 47.0 average per kick, good for fifth in the country. He has kicked 19 punts inside the 20 and also 19 from 50 yards or more. Townsend was even a bright spot in Saturday’s 31-10 loss to Arkansas.
The other semifinalists are Austin Barnes, jr., Eastern Michigan; Nicholas Conte, sr., Virginia; Steven Coutts, soph., Louisiana-Lafayette; Joseph Davidson, jr., Bowling Green; Michael Dickson, soph., Texas; Hayden Hunt, sr., Colorado State; Cameron Johnston, sr., Ohio State; Zach Sinor, soph., Oklahoma State; and Mitch Wishnowsky, soph, Utah.
The three finalists will be named on Nov. 22 and the winner will be announced Dec. 8 at The Home Depot College Football Awards in Atlanta.
According to a news release on the award:
The candidates were evaluated by the Ray Guy Award committee on their overall statistics and contribution to the team. Particular emphasis was placed on number of punts, gross average, net average, percent inside the 20 and percent not returned. A national voting body of Football Bowling Subdivision (FBS) coaches, sports information directors, national media and former Ray Guy Award winners will decide the three award finalists, who will be announced on November 22.
Tom Hackett of Utah won his second straight Ray Guy Award last year in his senior season.
Florida also had the last SEC winner as Chris Henry won the award in 2010. Henry punted for the 2008 national championship team, and he was the second straight SEC winner, following Drew Butler of Georgia in 2009.
Alabama’s JK Scott was left off the list, despite out-performing Townsend in punting average. Scott is third in the nation at 48.1 yards per effort.