UTEP sophomore punter Mike Ruggles was announced as a nominee for the 2014 Ray Guy Awary, which identifies the nation’s top collegiate punter, on Friday.
Ruggles is amongst 80 candidates that will be narrowed to ten semifinalists to be announced on Nov. 14.
A native of Lutz, Fla., Ruggles has tallied 1,073 yards on 23 punts (46.7 average) this season. His average ranks second in ConferenceUSA. He booted a season-long 64-yard punt against Texas Tech and averaged 47.7 yards on six punts (286 yards). At New Mexico, he averaged 54.0 yards on two punts. Ruggles has kicked six punts of 50-plus yards this season.
Following the semifinalists announcement, a national body of Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) sports information directors, coaches, media representatives and previous Ray Guy Award winner will vote for the top three finalists, who will be identified on Nov. 24. 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. 11 at 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.