Cate a candidate for Ray Guy Award

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Old Dominion University freshman punter Bailey Cate has been named one of 66 candidates for the 2016 Ray Guy Award. (Courtesy: Keith Lucas)
Old Dominion University freshman punter Bailey Cate has been named one of 66 candidates for the 2016 Ray Guy Award. (Courtesy: Keith Lucas)

Old Dominion University freshman punter Bailey Cate has been named one of 66 candidates for the 2016 Ray Guy Award. The Ray Guy Award identifies the nation’s top collegiate punter at the ESPN Home Depot College Football Awards every year in December.

Cate has punted 37 times so far this season, for an average of 38.8 yards per punt.  He has had 15 of his punts land inside the 20, while 16 of his boots have been fair caught.  His 70-yarder at North Carolina State University was his longest of the season and the 12th longest so far this season in Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS).

A list of candidates will be narrowed down to ten semifinalists to be announced on Nov. 11. Following the announcement, a national body of FBS sports information directors, coaches, media representatives and previous Ray Guy Award winners will vote for the three finalists who will be identified on Nov. 22. The voting body will then cast ballots to select the winner. The 2016 Ray Guy Award winner will be announced live on ESPN during the Home Depot College Football Awards on Dec. 8.

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