Jags' punter Corliss Waitman candidate for Ray Guy Award

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AUGUSTA, Ga. – One day after earning the organization's weekly honor for his performance in the University of South Alabama football team's last outing, Corliss Waitman was included on the complete list of candidates for the 2017 Ray Guy Award released Tuesday. The announcement was made by the Augusta Sports Council.

Thus far this fall Waitman — a junior from Milton, Fla. — is averaging 45.38 yards per punt and has had 17 kicks end up inside the opposition's 20-yard line. That includes 12 efforts of 50 or more yards, with a season-long 58-yard boot against nationally-ranked Oklahoma State in the Jaguars' home opener, and 17 that have forced the opponent to call a fair catch. Waitman has averaged at least 46 yards per punt in five of eight contests this fall with multiple kicks inside the 20-yard line on six occasions.

Not only does he rank second in the Sun Belt Conference and 11th nationally with an average that is currently the highest in South's season record books, Waitman's efforts have the Jags standing first in the league and ninth in the country in net punting.

A total of 10 semifinalists will be announced on Thursday, Nov. 16, after which a national voting body of Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) Sports Information Directors, media representatives and previous Ray Guy Award winners will vote for the three finalists who will be identified on Tuesday, Nov. 21. The voting body will then cast ballots to select the winner, with the 2017 Ray Guy Award winner scheduled to be announced live on ESPN during The Home Depot College Football Awards on Thursday, Dec. 7.

Waitman and USA will next be in action on Saturday at 3 p.m. (CDT) when they take on Louisiana at Ladd-Peebles Stadium.