EAST LANSING, Mich. (Michigan News Source) – Bryce Baringer is making a name for himself on special teams in punting this year. He has led the FBS in punting for seven consecutive weeks and is now a semifinalist for the Ray Guy Award. The Augusta Sports Council announced the top 10 semifinalist on Monday and Baringer is one of those 10.
He leads the nation in punting with a 48.4 yard average per punt and has only three touchbacks on the year. He has had eight punts inside the 10-yard line with 20 punts inside the 20-yard line. With 21 punts at 50+ yards, he is third in the Big Ten for 50+ yard punts. This year he has also had eight 60+ yard punts.
This is not the first time to be mentioned by the Ray Guy Award Council as he has won punter of the week twice this year vs. Ohio State and Illinois and was a first-team midseason Associated Press All-American. The Ray Guy Award puts out weekly “Ray’s 8” awards and Baringer has made it five times this year.
His career average in punting is 45.7 yards with 156 punts for 7,134 yards and is the best in Big Ten history.
There were 81 players nominated for the award which was narrowed to 10. The three finalists will be announced on November 29.