Chas Henry named Ray Guy Award semifinalist
Florida senior punter Chas Henry, who was forced to expand his duties to kicker as well in the absence of injured Caleb Sturgis, has been named one of 10 semifinalists for the Ray Guy award.
The award is presented annually to the nation's best punter.
This is Henry's third consecutive season being named a semifinalist for the award. He has punted 33 times for 1,590 yards (48.18 average) through nine games in 2010. Twelve of his punts have landed inside the 20-yard line and only 10 have been returned.
Henry has also taken over kicking duties for the Gators and was named the SEC Co-Special Teams Player of the Week for his performance in Florida’s 34-31 overtime win against Georgia after he kicked the team’s winning field goal.
The candidates for the Ray Guy Award were evaluated on their overall statistics and contribution to the team. Particular emphasis was placed on the punter’s net average, percentage of total punts inside the 20-yard line, and percentage of punts not returned. A national voting body will decide the three award finalists, who will be named on Nov. 22. Voters will then cast a second round of ballots to decide the winner.
Henry was one of three finalists last season.
The presentation of the Ray Guy Award will be featured on The Home Depot College Football Awards live on Thursday, Dec. 9, at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN.
Here are the 10 semifinalists:
Bryan Anger (Jr) – California
Drew Butler (Jr) – Georgia (2009 winner)
Ryan Donahue (Sr) – Iowa (2009 Semi-finalist)
Reid Forrest (Sr) – Washington State
Chas Henry (SR) – FLORIDA (2009 Finalist)
Dan Hutchins (Sr) – Pittsburgh
Kyle Martens (Jr) – Rice
Anthony Santella (Sr) – Illinois
Quinn Sharp (So) – Oklahoma State
Dawson Zimmerman (Jr) – Clemson