DENTON, Texas (9/19/07) North Texas punter Truman Spencer has been named to the 2007 Ray Guy Award watch list.
The Ray Guy Award, an award initiated in 2000 to identify the nation's top punter, 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.
Spencer, a junior from Mesquite, is averaging 42 yards per punt during the Mean Green’s first two games of the 2007 season, including a career long punt of 73 yards against SMU. Spencer is the second ever Mean Green punter to be listed on the watch list. Brad Kadlubar was on the list during the 2004 season.
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.