Nov. 12, 2010
AUGUSTA, Ga. -
Washington State University punter Reid Forrest has been named one of 10 semifinalists for the 2010 Ray Guy Award, signifying the nation's top collegiate punter, the Augusts Sports Council announced Friday.
Forrest, a senior from Ephrata, Wash., became WSU's all-time leader in punts (264) and punt yardage (11,267) earlier this season ranks second-time in career punting average (42.7). Forrest is also the active career FBS leader in punts and punt yardage.
This season Forrest is averaging a career-best 45.7 yards per punt and ranks fourth in the Pacific-10 Conference and 12th nationally. He has connected for 17 punts of 50-plus yards and four punts of 60 yards or more, including a career-best of 84 yards last week against California. It marked the second-longest punt in WSU history and tied for the fourth-longest by a Pac-10 player. Forrest's net punting average of 40.7 yards per punt is more than four yards better than any of his previous three seasons.
This year marks the first time Forrest has been named a Ray Guy Award semifinalist as he is one of two Pac-10 players on the list. The last time a WSU player was named a semifinalist was Kyle Basler in 2003.
The candidates 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. Three finalists will be announced Nov. 22 with the winner presented the Ray Guy Award during The Home Depot College Football Awards, Dec. 9.
2010 Ray Guy Award Semifinalists
Reid Forrest (Sr.) - Washington State
Bryan Anger (Jr.) - California
Drew Butler (Jr.) - Georgia
Ryan Donahue (Sr.) - Iowa
Chas Henry (Sr.) - Florida
Dan Hutchins (Sr.) - Pittsburgh
Kyle Martens (Jr.) - Rice
Anthony Santella (Sr.) - Illinois
Quinn Sharp (So.) - Oklahoma State
Dawson Zimmerman (Jr.) - Clemson