Kentucky’s Australian sensation is well on his way to earning the title, “Best Punter in College Football.”
Monday evening Max Duffy was named a semifinalist for the Ray Guy Award, given each year to college football’s top punter.
Of the ten semifinalists, one name was notably absent, Braden Mann. The Texas A&M punter won the award last year but will not even be considered for it in 2019, although he’s still ranked third nationally in punting average.
Without Mann in the mix, it’s Duffy’s award to win. In 2019 Duffy averages 48.26 yards per punt, only .02 currently behind the nation’s leader. Aside from one shank against South Carolina, he’s been incredible. Duffy helped UK control field position against Missouri, bolting a career-long 70-yarder and pinning the Tigers inside the 20 three times. In that game he also busted off a 26-yard run on a fake punt that turned into a touchdown-scoring drive and served as the Wildcats’ knockout punch.
Finalists for the Ray Guy Award will be released Monday, November 25 with the winner being announced on Tuesday, December 12 at the 2019 Home Depot College Football Awards Show in Atlanta, Ga. I hope Duffy has some room reserved on his mantle for a new piece of hardware.