Toledo junior punter Vince Penza (Canfield, OH) was named an official nominee for the 2012 Ray Guy Award by the Augusta Sports Council today. The Ray Guy Award annually is presented to the nation's top collegiate punter.
Penza is averaging 42.0 yards per punt this season, and 13 of his 34 punts have landed inside the 20-yard-line. Only 10 of his punts have been returned for a total of 61 yards.
The list will be narrowed to 10 semi-finalists to be announced on November 9. Following the semi-finalists announcement, 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 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, December 6 at 7:30 pm ET on ESPN. The show, hosted by ESPN's Chris Fowler, Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit and Desmond Howard will feature live presentation of nine player awards, along with the recipients of Disney's Spirit Award, The Home Depot Coach of the Year Award, the NCFAA (National College Football Awards Association) Contributions to College Football Award, and student-athletes selected to the Walter Camp All-America Team.