AUGUSTA, GA — The Augusta Sports Council has announced the preseason watch list for the 2017 Ray Guy Award, which honors the nation’s top collegiate punter.

The 29 candidates on the list incorporate a broad spectrum of Football Bowl Subdivision punters. 2016 finalists, Michael Dickson (Texas) and Mitch Wishnowsky (Utah) — the 2016 winner, have returned to the list. Returning semifinalists include Joseph Davidson (Bowling Green), Johnny Townsend (Florida) and Zach Sinor (Oklahoma State).  

EVERY PRESEASON WATCH LIST

The number of eligible candidates for this season will grow when the award opens nominations in September. The complete list of candidates will be released on October 31. In early November, the Ray Guy Award committee will meet to select the ten semifinalists, who will be announced on Nov. 16. A national body of Football Bowl Subdivision sports information directors, media representatives and previous Ray Guy Award winners will then vote for the top three finalists to be announced on Nov. 21. After the finalists are named, the voting body will cast ballots again to select the nation’s top punter. The winner will be announced live during The Home Depot College Football Awards airing on ESPN on Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017.