AUGUSTA, Ga. – East Carolina senior Trent Tignor is one of 25 punters that have been named to the 2013 Ray Guy Award Watch List, according to an announcement by the Greater Augusta Sports Council Wednesday.
Tignor, who has garnered preseason All-Conference USA honors by Phil Steele’s College Football Preview Magazine (second-team) and earned a spot on the College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) Punter Trophy Watch List, is the first Pirate to be named to the watch list since Matt Dodge in 2009.
A year ago Tignor earned all-conference honors after appearing in 13 games as the Pirates top punter. He logged 65 punts for 2,779 yards (42.8 avg.) with nine touchbacks placing 14 punts inside the opponents 20-yard line and booted 10 balls for 50-plus years with a career-long 65 against Navy.
The Hoschton, Ga. native captured C-USA Special Teams Player-of-the-Week honors after his performance at Southern Miss, where he delivered a career-best 10 punts for 422 yards (42.2 avg.), placing three kicks inside the 20-yard line (two inside the 10). His 10 attempts against the Golden Eagles were the most for an ECU punter since 2004.
Tignor along with Hunter Mullins (UAB) and 2012 semi-finalist Tyler Williams (Marshall) represent Conference USA on the initial list.
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 December 12.
The Augusta Sports Council created the Ray Guy Award in 2000 to honor Thomson, Georgia native and College Football Hall of Fame inductee, Ray Guy. Among the statistics used to identify the winner is net punting average, number of times a punt is downed or kicked out of bounds inside the opponents 20-yard line, total yardage punted, average returned yardage, and percentage of punts not returned. The winner must display team leadership, self-discipline, and have a positive impact on the team’s success.