HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Southern Miss sophomore Peter Boehme (Birmingham, Ala.) has been named a nominee for the 2010 Ray Guy Award for the nation's top collegiate punter, released Friday morning by the Augusta Sports Council. Fifty-one athletes were nominated for this year's honor.
Boehme has tallied a 38.4 punting average over 27 boots this fall, including a long of 61 yards. He has had two 50-plus punts, as well as nine inside the opposing team's 20-yardline and eight fair catches. He has only had one touchback. Opponents are averaging just 8.1 yards per return on only eight returns this season with a long of 13 yards.
Among the candidates are last year's winner, Drew Butler of Georgia, and finalist, Chas Henry of Florida. The list will be narrowed to ten semifinalists to be named on Nov. 12. Following the semifinalists announcement, a national body of Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) sports information directors, coaches, media representatives, and previous Ray Guy Award winners will vote for the top three finalists, who will be identified on Nov. 22. The voting body will then cast ballots to select the winner.
The presentation of the Ray Guy Award will be featured on The Home Depot College Football Awards live on Thursday, Dec. 9, at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN. The show, hosted by ESPN's Chris Fowler, Lee Corso and Kirk Herbstreit will feature the live presentation of nine player awards, along with the recipients of Disney's Spirit Award; The Home Depot Coach of the Year Award, the NCFAA (National College Football Awards Association) Contributions to College Football Award; and student-athletes selected to the Walter Camp All-America Team. Fans can visit the show's dedicated Web site at www.espncollegefootballawards.com to find the latest college football awards news, including show details, previous winners, fan voting, a photo gallery and video highlights.