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Football's Kovanda is Semifinalist for Ray Guy Award


Scott Kovanda, a senior on the Ball State football team, has been selected as one of 10 semifinalists for the Ray Guy Award.

The Ray Guy Award - named for football's premier punter - honors the nation's best collegiate punter. The Augusta Sports Council created the award in 2000. Along with awards such as the Heisman Trophy and the Doak Walker Award, the Ray Guy Award honors one of the most important members of any football team. The ASC presents the award live each year on The Home Depot College Football Awards broadcast on ESPN from Orlando, Florida.

This marks the second straight season Kovanda has been named a semifinalist for the award.  A Ball State team captain, he has helped the Cardinals rank fourth in the nation in punt return defense.  Of his 35 punts this season, only four have been returned for a 1.5 average, and he has pinned opponents inside the 20-yard line 22 times.

Kovanda has punted 35 times for 1,442 yards and a 41.2 average.  He has 217 career punts for 8,931 career punt yards and a 41.2 career average.  Kovanda ranks fourth in Ball State history in career punt yardage, fourth in career punts and third in career average.

The Ray Guy Award winner is selected by a national voting body of Football Bowl Subdivision coaches, sports information directors, national media and former Ray Guy Award winners. Punters are evaluated on their overall statistics and contribution to the team. Particular emphasis is place on the following statistics: net average, percentage of total punts inside the 20-yard line and percentage of punts not returned.

The presentation of the Ray Guy Award will be featured on The Home Depot College Football Awards live Thurs., December 6 at 7:30 pm ET on ESPN.

Ball State is 7-3 overall and 4-2 in Mid-American Conference play.  The Cardinals host Ohio Wednesday at 8 p.m. at Scheumann Stadium before completing the regular season at Miami University Nov. 23.  Ball State is bowl eligible for a second straight season under second-year head coach Pete Lembo.

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