The award watch lists keep rolling in, and more Vols keep appearing on those lists. This time, Tennessee’s punter, Trevor Daniel, is on a list.
The Ray Guy Award is given annually to the best punter in the nation. No Vol has ever won the award, but Dustin Colquitt was a semifinalist in 2004 and a two-time finalist the two years before that. David Leaverton was a semifinalist in 2000 as well.
Now Trevor Daniel will get a shot to win the award.
In his first season of action for the Vols last year, the redshirt sophomore burst onto the scene with an average of 45.7 yards per punt. Of Daniel’s 60 punts, 25 ended up inside the 20 yard-line and 22 went for over 50 yards. Daniel’s 45.7 yard average was the second-best season average in UT history behind only Jimmy Colquitt’s 46.9 average in 1982.
Not to mention he pulled off this miraculous punt that helped Tennessee defeat Georgia:
#TBT to one of the best punts Neyland Stadium has ever seem. https://t.co/OtnS14Bp5O
— Rocky Top Insider (@rockytopinsider) June 2, 2016
If Daniel can improve on his already impressive 2015 numbers, he’ll have a legitimate shot of being the first Vol to ever win the award.
Here is the list of all the punters on the watch list:
Ethan Wood (Sr.), Wyoming
Toby Baker (Sr.), Arkansas
Michael Carrizosa (Jr.), San Jose State
Ron Coluzzi (RS Jr.), Central Michigan
Trevor Daniel (RS Jr.), Tennessee
Colin Downing (Jr.), Iowa State
Sam Foltz (Sr.), Nebraska
Will Gleeson (Jr.), Ole Miss
Worth Gregory (Sr.), East Carolina
Matt Haack (Sr.), Arizona State
Hayden Hunt (RS Jr.), Colorado State
Cameron Johnston (Sr.), Ohio State
Logan Laurent (RS Jr.), Massachusetts
Jonny Linehan (Sr.), BYU
Joseph Occhipinti (Jr.), Western Kentucky
Dalton Parks (Sr.), Tulsa
Nick Porebski (RS Jr.), Oregon State
Austin Rehkow (Sr.), Idaho
Tyler Sarrazin (Sr.) Southern Miss
Dalton Schomp (RS Sr.), FAU
JK Scott (Jr.), Alabama
Austin Seibert (Soph.), Oklahoma
Johnny Townsend (RS Jr.), Florida
Justin Vogel (Sr.), Miami
Justin Wain (RS Sr.), Connecticut
Nick Walsh (Soph.), Kansas State
Ryan Winslow (RS Jr.), Pittsburgh