Rice Named to Ray Guy Watch List

Jackson Rice is a pivotal part of the Oregon Ducks, even though he doesn't get to practice his art very often because of the nature of Oregon's high scoring offense. On Wednesday however, the Augusta Sports Council named Rice one of 25 players to the 2012 Ray Guy Award Watch List for the top collegiate punter in the country. Even though falling shy of the minimums in national rankings.

According to a media release from the University of Oregon Athletic Department issued Wednesday, Rice's 45.9 yards-per-kick average would have led the Pac-12 Conference and ranked sixth in the country in 2011 except his 48 punts fell shy of the 3.6 attempts per game required to be included among the national rankings by only three attempts. His average was good enough to rate second on the Ducks' all-time single-season chart behind only 12-year NFL veteran Josh Bidwell (46.0 avg., 1998).

Oregon led the country in net punting as a team, averaging 41.5 yards per kick last season.

Jackson Rice one of three finalists for the award last season as a second-team all-conference honoree, placing 17 of his 48 kicks inside opponents' 20-yard line while allowing only 17 of his punts to be returned. In addition, he booted at least one punt 50 yards or more in 12 of 14 games.

Ten semifinalists for the award will be announced on Nov. 9, with the top three finalists determined by a panel of Football Bowl Subdivision sports information directors, coaches, national media representatives, and former Ray Guy Award winners. The winner will be announced as part of ESPN's Home Depot College Football Awards show in Orlando, Fla., on Dec. 6.