Baker Swedenburg Named Ray Guy Award Nominee

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STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State junior punter Baker Swedenburg was named a nominee for the Ray Guy Award, the Augusta (Ga.) Sports Council announced Friday. The award, created in 2000, is given annually to the nation's top punter.

With the Maroon and White leading the nation in punt return yardage defense (-4), Swedenburg has downed 11 of his 27 punts inside the 20-yard line, five of which were inside the 10. Opponents have fair caught 12 of his kicks, with only one of MSU's first six opponents finishing the game with positive punt return yards (three yards by South Alabama on Sept. 22). The Columbus, Miss., native has booted season-long punts of 54, 53 and 51.

The list will be narrowed to 10 semifinalists on Nov. 9. Following the announcement of semifinalists, 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. 19.  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. 6 at 6:30 p.m. CT on ESPN.

Fans can catch Swedenburg and the rest of the Bulldogs Saturday, as they face off against the top-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide in Tuscaloosa. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. CT and will be broadcast on ESPN and the Mississippi State Radio Network.


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