DURHAM — Duke redshirt junior Will Monday was named one of 25 candidates on the watch list for the Ray Guy Award, which goes to the top punter in college football.
A 6-foot-4, 210-pound native of Flowery Branch, Ga., Monday has held Duke’s punting duties since 2012, when he was a Freshman All-America selection. Monday is a two-time All-ACC pick, including second-team honors in 2013 after averaging 42.7 yards per punt with 14 boots of 50 yards or more and 21 downed inside the opponent 20-yard line.
Monday ranks ninth on the ACC’s all-time punting list with an average of 43.65 yards per punt. He is the ACC’s active leader in that category and is on pace to set Duke’s all-time record in punting average.
The Augusta Sports Council presents the Ray Guy Award, given to the collegiate punter of the year, during an awards show on ESPN in Orlando, Fla.
N.C. State: Niklas Sade was named to the watch list for the 2014 Lou Groza Award, given annually to the nation’s top placekicker, while Wil Baumann has been named to the list for the Ray Guy Award, which honors the top collegiate punter.
Sade, who has started all 38 games of his career, holds the N.C. State record for extra points with 121 – the 16th-best mark in ACC history.
The Wake Forest native was a semifinalist for the Groza Award last season after posting the second-highest field goal total in school history with 19.
Baumann, who has played in all 38 games of his career, and started 37 at punter (he was injured for one game) ranks third in N.C. State history in career punts (206) and career punting yardage (8,144).
Duke: Women’s coach Kerstin Kimel announced the addition of Lauren Morton as an assistant coach for the Blue Devils. Morton will work closely with the program’s offensive personnel.
Morton, a Boston University graduate, comes to Duke after spending two seasons as an assistant coach at Georgetown.