– Temple senior punter Paul Layton
(Burnt Hills, N.Y.) is one of 85 candidates for the prestigious Ray Guy Award, honoring the nation's top collegiate punter, the Augusta Sports Council announced on Friday.
The list will be narrowed to 10 semifinalists and announced on November 8
. Then 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 November 25
. 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, December 12 at 7:30 p.m. ET
A transfer student from the University at Albany, Layton enrolled at Temple in January 2013 and has one season of eligibility remaining. He graduated in December 2012 with a degree in business administration. A three- year letterman for the Great Danes, Layton was a two-time first-team All-Northeast Conference honoree. He averaged 41.0 yards per punt in his career at Albany. Layton is pursuing a master's degree in marketing from Temple.
In seven games this fall for the Owls, Layton averages 45.1 yards per punt. His career-long of 67 yards came against No. 7 Louisville. Fifteen of his punts were inside the 20, 14 were longer than 50 yards, and three were touchbacks.
In last week's win over Army, Layton averaged 45.3 yards on seven punts, resulting in an average starting field position of the 18-yard line for Army on the ensuing drives. Layton ranks second in the American Athletic Conference in punting average (45.1). He was named the conference's Special Teams Player of the Week on Oct. 21.
Layton was named to the preseason 2013 College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) Special Teams Watch List.
Under first-year head coach Matt Rhule
, Temple (1-6, 0-3) travels to SMU (2-4, 1-1) on Oct. 26 for a 3 p.m. ET (2 p.m. CT) game at Ford Stadium in Dallas. ESPN3 will broadcast the game.
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