Mountain West Football: Ryan Stonehouse, Tyson Dyer Named To Ray Guy Award Watch List
The Colorado State Rams and New Mexico Lobos have their punters listed among college football’s best to follow in 2020.
Two of the best have a serious chance at the hardware.
College football’s watch list season continued today with the reveal of the Ray Guy Award watch list, which is given annually to college football’s best punter. The Mountain West returns a pair of elite specialists from last year’s bumper crop of standouts and both found their way back onto the list yet again among 19 total players.
For Colorado State’s Ryan Stonehouse, landing on the Ray Guy preseason list is probably old hat by now since 2020 marks his third straight appearance. Not only did he lead the Mountain West with 46.41 yards per punt, that figure was good enough to rank ninth in the country, bolstered by 16 of 49 kicks that traveled more than 50 yards. He also had just five touchbacks and helped propel the Rams special teams unit to a 42.45 net yards per punt average, the sixth-best figure in FBS.
You could make a convincing case that New Mexico’s Tyson Dyer, who makes his second appearance on this list, was just as good in 2019. Unlike Stonehouse, the Aussie import was one of ten punters to be named a Ray Guy Award semifinalist and finished the year with a 46.07 YPP average on 59 kicks that ranked second in the conference and 10th nationally. The Lobos also ranked ninth with 42.12 yards per punt thanks to Dyer, who led the nation by landing nearly 60% of his kicks inside the opponents’ 20-yard line with just four touchbacks.
Last year’s Ray Guy Award winner was Kentucky’s Max Duffy.