Sept. 18, 2007
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State senior QB/P Leon Jackson III has been named to the 2007 Ray Guy Award Watch List, released Tuesday by the Greater Augusta Sports Council. The award honors the nation's top collegiate punter.
Jackson, a native of Long Beach, Calif. (Long Beach Poly HS) has punted 21 times this season for a 44.0 yards per punt average, which currently ranks as the fifth-best average in school history. He has a season-long punt of 62 yards, with three inside the 20. Jackson currently ranks third in the Western Athletic Conference and tied for 20th in the NCAA in punting average.
For his career, Jackson has a 40.1 ypp average with a long of 67 yards and pinning 28 inside the 20.
The Ray Guy Award is determined by a national selection committee made up of sports writers, college football coaches, sports information directors, past Ray Guy Award winners and members designated by the Greater Augusta Sports Council. Among the statistics used to identify the Ray Guy Award winner are total yardage punted, number of times a punt is downed or kicked out of bounds inside the opponents 20-yard line, net average, average returned yardage and percentage of punts not returned. It is also of importance for the award winner to display team leadership, self-discipline and to have a positive impact on the team's success.
The Ray Guy Award watch-list will be narrowed to ten semi-finalists, to be announced in early-November. The national voting body will then vote for the top three finalists who will be announced at the end of November. The award will be presented live on ESPN December 6, 2007 during the Home Depot College Football Awards Show.
Jackson is one of four WAC punters on the 41-player watch list, joining Jared Kaufman of New Mexico State, Chris Keagle of Louisiana Tech and San Jose State's Waylon Prather.
One other Beehive State player, Utah's Louie Sakoda, is also on the watch list.
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