Football: Cadona Nominated For Ray Guy Award
AUGUSTA, Ga. – Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns punter Daniel Cadona was of 80 players across the nation nominated for the 2014 Ray Guy Award, which is sponsored by the Augusta Sports Council and identifies the nation’s top collegiate punter. Candidates were nominated for the award by their school’s sports information department.
Cadona, a senior from Darwin, N.T., Australia, is second in the Sun Belt Conference and 15th nationally with a 44.8 average. Cadona has placed 51.4 percent of his punts (18-of-35) inside the opponent’s 20-yard line to rank fourth in the nation, with nine attempts landing inside the 10-yard line.
Cadona opened the season with a career-best 77-yard punt – the longest punt by an FBS punter this season – against Southern on Aug. 30. Cadona has twice earned Sun Belt Conference Special Teams Player of the Week honors (Sept. 16 and Oct. 27), and was named both the Ray Guy Award and LSWA Player of the Week on Sept. 16.
The list will be narrowed to ten semifinalists to be announced on November 14. Following the semifinalists 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 November 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, December 11 at 7:30 pm ET on ESPN. The show, hosted by ESPN’s Chris Fowler, Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit and Desmond Howard will feature live presentation of nine player awards, along with the recipients of Disney’s Spirit Award, The Home Depot Coach of the Year Award, the NCFAA (National College Football Awards Association) Contributions to College Football Award, and student-athletes selected to the Walter Camp All-America Team.