The Ray Guy Award is presented annually to the best punter in the nation. This year, Chas Henry of the Florida Gators earned this prestigious designation.
In his fourth year starting for the Gators, Henry continued to display impressive growth as a punter. He punted 44 times for 2,042 yards, an average of 46.4 yards per punt. Of those 44 punts, only 3 of them went into the endzone for touchbacks whereas 16 of them fell within the opponents own 20 yard-line. To go along with this outstanding accuracy and placement, Henry possesses a very strong leg which allowed him to boot 15 of his punts for more than 50 yards. Even though he wasn’t always successful, he also displayed versatility by occasionally filling in as a place kicker for the Gators. Every year at Florida, he improved on his punting numbers and should be able to continue his maturation as he heads into the NFL.
Henry’s most impressive game of the season was Florida’s 6-31 loss to Alabama. He punted for 187 yards on only 3 attempts, giving him an average of 62.3 yards-per-punt. Two of those punts were downed inside the 20 yard-line, including one that traveled 75 yards before being downed at the Alabama 2 yard-line. He also kicked two successful field goals, the only points of the game for Florida.