September 29, 2012; Athens, GA, USA; Tennessee Volunteers defensive back Jaron Toney (35) runs into Georgia Bulldogs punter Collin Barber (32) late in the game during the fourth quarter at Sanford Stadium. Georgia defeated Tennessee 51-44. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Georgia punter Collin Barber snubbed from Ray Guy Award watch list


Georgia’s run of having a player named to each preseason award watch list was halted by…a punter. Georgia punter Collin Barber apparently didn’t impress the folks at the Augusta Sports Council enough to be named to the Ray Guy Award watch list.

Granted, it’s just a a watch list and in no way disqualifies Barber from eventually winning the award, but the notice would have been nice. Not to mention, a punter suffering a concussion during the season should be an automatic in.

Georgia has had its share of quality punters, including Drew Butler who won the Ray Guy award in 2009. Barber certainly stacks up against some of the past punters, especially while setting a school record for net punting yard average with 44.1 yards per punt in 2013.

There were 25 punters named to this years preseason watch list for the Ray Guy Award, but Georgia finished 58th in the nation in punting average, despite only punting an average of 3.4 times per game, which was near the bottom of the FBS. I guess the Dawgs excellent offense and production on 3rd down can be to blame for Barber’s omission.

If Barber continues his good work in 2014, it won’t matter whether or not he’s considered for or wins the Ray Guy award. His leg has kept the Bulldogs out of some bad situations as both a punter and kickoff specialist.

The Bulldogs’ 44 punts in 2013 were the lowest since Drew Butler punted only 50 times in 2010.

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