The 2016 season is fast approaching, which means it’s time to start previewing players who could be in the discussion for college football’s most prestigious awards when the season is all said and done.
The preseason watch list for the Ray Guy Award (given to the nation’s best punter) was revealed on Thursday and a few Big Ten players made the list.
Here’s a look at the Big Ten players who were named to the Ray Guy Award preseason watch list, along with a preview of what to expect from them this season.
Sam Foltz, senior, Nebraska: Foltz was named as the Big Ten Punter of the Year and was also named first-team All-Big Ten last season. He averaged 44.2 yards per punt last season, a two-yard increase compared to last season. His longest punt of the season was 67 yards, booted 16 punts of 50 yards or longer and pinned 15 punts inside the 20-yard line.
Cameron Johnston, senior, Ohio State: Johnston had an impressive junior season, averaging 43.95 yards per punt last season. He was named second-team All-Big Ten last season, but should challenge for first-team honors this season.