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Allen named finalist for Ray Guy award

Louisiana Tech punter Ryan Allen has been named a finalist for the Ray Guy Award the Augusta Sports Council announced Monday afternoon. This marks the second consecutive year Allen has been named a finalist for the award honoring the nation's top punter.

Allen currently leads in the nation in punting, averaging 48.12 yards per punt this season. That average is more than a yard better than any other punter.

Joining Allen on the list of finalists is Ball State's Scott Kovanda and Florida's Kyle Christy. Kovanda is currently averaging 40.5 yards per punt with six punts over 50 yards while Christy is averaging 46.3 yards per punt with 24 punts over 50 yards. Allen has 19 punts over 50 yards including an 85-yard punt at New Mexico State, the longest punt in the nation from any punter this season.

A native of Salem, Ore., Allen won the 2011 Ray Guy Award becoming the first punter from a non-AQ school to be named the nation's top punter. No punter has ever won the Ray Guy Award more than once.

The finalists were selected by a national voting body of Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) coaches, sports information directors, national media, and former Ray Guy Award winners. The voting body will cast a second round of ballots to decide the winner. 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.

The three Ray Guy Award finalists will be highlighted on ESPNU during The Home Depot College Football Awards Nomination Special airing Tuesday, Nov. 20 at 6 p.m. (ET). The 30-minute show, hosted by Matt Schick, will include player interviews and analysis from Kevin Carter surrounding finalists for the Ray Guy Award and other members of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA).

This year's Ray Guy Award winner will be revealed on ESPN during The Home Depot College Football Awards airing live from the Atlantic Dance Hall at Disney's BoardWalk at the Walt Disney World Resort on Thursday, Dec. 6 at 7:30 p.m. (ET).

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