Duff Tittle | Posted: 2 Aug 2023 | Updated: 5 Aug 2023

Rehkow selected to the Ray Guy Award watch list for a third year

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Ray Guy Award 2023 Ryan Rehkow

AUGUSTA, Georgia — The Augusta Sports Council today announced BYU punter Ryan Rehkow has been named to the preseason watch list for the 2023 Ray Guy Award, which honors the nation’s top collegiate punter. 

Rehkow, a 6-foot-5, 235-pound junior from Veradale, Washington, has now been named to the Ray Guy Award watch list for the third consecutive year. He was recently selected to the 2023 Phil Steele Preseason All-Big 12 Second Team after finishing the 2022 season with a punting average at 46.2.

At the conclusion of the last season, Rehkow was named to the 2022 Associated Press All-Bowl Team and the College Football Network All-Independent First Team. The previous year he was selected the 2021 Pro Football Network Independent Punter of the Year and was also named to the PFN All-Independent First Team as well as the Phil Steele All-Independent First Team. Rehkow was a Ray’s 8 honoree in week five of the 2021 season for his performance at Utah State.

As a finance major with a 3.74 GPA, Rehkow was named CSC Academic All-District in 2023 and was selected CoSIDA Academic All-District 8 First Team in 2022. 

The 2023 Ray Guy Award preseason watch list includes 50 candidates selected from the 2022 Ray Guy Award Semifinalist List, the top-10 NCAA Punters from 2022, the 2022 All-Conference teams, the 2022 All-American teams, the 2023 pre-season All-Conference teams and eligible punters on the 2022 watchlist.

The Augusta Sports Council created the Ray Guy Award in 2000 to honor Thomson, Georgia, native and College and Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee, Ray Guy. Among the statistics used to identify the winner is net punting average, number of times punt is downed or kicked out of bounds inside the opponents 20-yard line, total yardage punted, average returned yardage and percentage of punts not returned with particular emphasis placed on net punting average. The winner must display team leadership, self-discipline and have a positive impact on the team's success.

In mid-November, the Ray Guy Award committee will meet to select the 10 semifinalists who will be announced on Nov. 10. A national body of Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) sports information directors, media representatives and previous Ray Guy Award winners will then vote for the top three finalists to be announced on Nov. 22. After the finalists are named, the voting body will cast ballots again to select the nation’s top punter. 

The 2023 Ray Guy Award winner will be announced live during The Home Depot College Football Awards airing on ESPN in December 2023.


Ray Guy Award Watch List

Aaron Rodriguez New Mexico
Alex Mastromanno Florida State
Austin McNamara Texas Tech
Ben Kiernan North Carolina
Brett Thorson Georgia
Brian Buschini Nebraska
Clayton Stewart Wyoming
Colton Spangler, Maryland
Daniel Sparks Virginia
Daton Montiel FIU
Dom Dzioban Miami (OH)
Eddie Czaplicki USC
Ethan Duane Old Dominion
Ivan Mora Wake Forest
Jack Ansell Purdue
Jack Browning San Diego State
James Evans Indiana
Jay Bramblett LSU
Jeremy Crawshaw Florida
Jesse Mirco Ohio State
Jordy Sandy, TCU
Joshua Sloan UTEP
Kai Kroeger South Carolina
Kyle Ostendorp  Arizona
Lachlan Wilson Cal
Laine Wilkins Houston
Lucas Borrow Ball State
Lucas Dean UTSA
Luke Elzinga Oklahoma
Mark Vassett Colorado
Mason Fletcher Cincinnati
Matthew Hayball Vanderbilt
Max Von Marburg Syracuse
Mitchell Tomasek Eastern Michigan
Nick Haberer Washington State
Nik Constantinou Texas A&M
Oliver Straw West Virginia
Oscar Chapman Auburn
Peter Moore Virginia Tech
Porter Wilson Duke
Riley Riethman Navy
Ryan Bujcevski SMU
Ryan Hanson James Madison
Ryan Rehkow BYU
Ryan Sanborn Texas
Seamus O'Kelly Texas State
Stephen Kotsanlee Utah State
Tory Taylor Iowa
Tyler Perkins Iowa State

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