PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University senior punter Michael Bowlin and senior kicker Andrew Furney were each named to preseason award watch lists Wednesday.
Bowlin is one of 25 candidates named to the Ray Guy Award preseason watch list by the Augusta Sports Council. The Ray Guy Award honors the nation’s top collegiate punter. Bowlin averaged 41.9 yards-per-punt last season, his first with the Cougars. The Aliso Viejo, Calif. native put eight punts inside the 20, recorded 14 kicks of 50+ yards including a season long of 69 and finished the year with a team-best seven special teams tackles. Bowlin also recorded 18 touchbacks on kickoffs, the most by a Cougar since 2005.
The number of eligible candidates for this season will grow when the award opens for nominations in September. The complete list of candidates will be released on October 25. In early November, the Ray Guy Award committee will meet to select the ten semi-finalists, who will be announced on November 8. A national body of Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) sports information directors, coaches, media representatives, and previous Ray Guy Award winners will then vote for the top three finalists, to be announced on November 25. After the finalists are named, the voting body will cast ballots again to select the nation’s top punter. The winner will be announced live during The Home Depot College Football Awards airing on ESPN on Thursday, December 12, 2013.
For the second straight season, Furney is one of the 30 players named to the Lou Groza College Place-Kicker Award Watch List by the Palm Beach County Sports Commission. Furney, a Groza Award semifinalist in 2011, earned second team All-Pac-12 accolades along with Phil Steele Midseason second team All-American honors last season after going 14-for-20 on field goal attempts, tied for second in the conference. The Burlington, Wash. native was a perfect 7-for-7 on attempts inside 30 yards and 6-of-10 on kicks outside of 40 yards including a conference-best 60-yarder against Eastern Washington. Furney went 25-of-26 on PATs and capped his season going 3-for-3 in the Apple Cup victory including the game-winner from 27-yards in overtime.
The Lou Groza Collegiate Place‐Kicker Award will announce its 20 semifinalists on Monday, November 4th. From the preseason watch list, a panel of more than 300 FBS head coaches, SIDs, media members, and former winners will select the top three finalists for the award by Monday, November 25th. That same group then selects the national winner, who will be announced on Thursday, December 12th during the Home Depot College Football Awards, broadcast live from Orlando, Fla.
Washington State opens the 2013 season August 31 at Auburn.