Kicking Day at CFT continues, with punters next up in the watch list spotlight.
Unlike some other watch lists, the Ray Guy Award released its initial cut with just 25 punters listed, the fewest of any award on the hardware circuit. The most noteworthy name on the list is Utah’s Tom Hackett, the 2014 winner of the trophy named in honor of the former Southern Miss and Oakland Raiders great.
On top of Hackett, there are two other returning finalists from last year: Austin Rehkow (Idaho) and JK Scott (Alabama).
Additionally, there are four other returning semifinalists: Cameron Johnston (Ohio State), Drew Kaser (Texas A&M), Alex Kinal (Wake Forest), and Justin Vogel (Miami).
Given the dearth of experienced returning quarterback talent, it’s probably a good thing that the SEC leads all conferences with five punters on the watch list. The ACC, MAC and Pac-12 are next with three apiece.
Below is the complete 2015 Ray Guy Award preseason watch list.
Devon Bell (Sr.), Mississippi State
Mattias Ciabatti (Sr.), South Florida
Korey Durkee (Sr.), Washington
Luke Ferguson (Sr.), Arkansas State
Will Gleeson (So.), Ole Miss
Tyler Grassman (Sr.), Buffalo
Tom Hackett (Sr.), Utah
Hayden Hunt (Jr.), Colorado State
Cameron Johnston (Jr.), Ohio State
Drew Kaser (Sr.), Texas A&M
Jamie Keehn (Sr.), LSU
Alex Kinal (Sr.), Wake Forest
Anthony Melchiori (Sr.), Kent State
Will Monday (Sr.), Duke
Peter Mortell (Sr.), Minnesota
Dalton Parks (Jr.), Tulsa
Austin Rehkow (Jr.), Idaho
Drew Riggleman (Sr.), Arizona
Dalton Schomp (Jr.), FAU
J Schroeder (Sr.), Western Michigan
JK Scott (So.), Alabama
Taylor Symmank (Sr.), Texas Tech
Alex Tardieu (Sr.), Army
Justin Vogel (Jr.), Miami
Logan Yunker (Sr.), UNLV