Stephen Clark name to Ray Guy Watch list

Auburn punter Steven Clark has been named a nominee for the Ray Guy Award, the Augusta Sports Council announced Monday. The council announced the 54 candidates for the award that honors the nation's top punter.

The list will be narrowed to 10 semi-finalists to be announced on Nov. 11. 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 Nov. 21. The voting body will then cast ballots to select the winner.

Through nine games this season, Clark is averaging 40.1 yards per punt with 25 of his 55 punts falling inside the 20. Another 25 have been fair caught and two have gone for touchbacks. Only eight of his punts have even been returned with an average of 5.1 yards per return.

For his efforts this season, Clark has twice been named the Southeastern Conference's Special Teams Player of the Week.

The presentation of the Ray Guy Award will be featured on The Home Depot College Football Awards live on Thursday, Dec. 8 at 8 p.m. CT on ESPN.