MORGANTOWN — With only one month left of the regular season of college football, WVU athletes keep being recognized as candidates for a prestigious college football award. Another player adding his name to a list is senior punter, Josh Growden.
Growden has been named a finalist for the Ray Guy Award, which has been given annually since 2000 to the nation’s top collegiate punter.
In a Mountaineer uniform this season, Growden has kicked for 2,117 yards on 51 attempts with a season long of 62-yards. Growden has also had his name called to throw the ball during a fake punt attempt against Oklahoma. The seven-yard pass was completed and gave WVU the first down.
According to the award’s website, the award winner will be presented live on The Home Depot College Football Awards broadcast on ESPN from Atlanta, Georgia.
The Ray Guy Award nominees are evaluated on their overall statistics and contribution to the team, according to the website. Particular emphasis is placed on the following statistics; net average, percentage of total punts inside the 20-yard line, percentage of punts not returned, number of punts and gross average.
Head coach Neal Brown, who has emphasized all season the need for great special teams play, said after the Halloween game against Baylor that he believed special teams played its best that night, including Growden.
Cover Photo by BGS’ Jeff Ruff.