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Utah's Mitch Wishnowsky wins Ray Guy Award as nation's best punter

By Josh Furlong | Posted - Dec 8th, 2016 @ 7:42pm

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SALT LAKE CITY — The nation's best punter in college football remains at the University of Utah.

Sophomore punter Mitch Wishnowsky was named the Ray Guy Award winner Thursday night on ESPN's College Football Awards show. The Australian-native ranked second in the nation in punting, averaging 48.0 yards per punt in his first season at Utah.

Wishnowsky is the second player from Utah to win the award, with former punter Tom Hackett winning it in back-to-back years in 2014 and 2015, and first sophomore to win the award. With the honor, the Ray Guy Award has been given to a Utah player in three consecutive seasons.

Utah sophomore punter Mitch Wishnowsky was announced today as the winner of the Ray Guy Award, which is presented to the nation’s top punter. Wishnowsky accepted the award at The Home Depot ESPN College Football Awards show at the College Football Hall of Fame.

Wishnowsky led the nation in net punting, averaging 44.9 yards, punts inside the 20-yard line at 34 for 56.67 percent of all punt, and punts inside the 10-yard line at 17. Additionally, he led the country with 28 punts over 50 yards, with his longest a 66-yard punt.

Wishnowsky had only one game with a touchback, which was his first game as a Ute against Southern Utah, and finished the regular season with 2,879 yards on 60 punts. He beat out finalists Michael Dickson of Texas and Cameron Johnston of Ohio State.

The only other Utah player to be nominated for the award in school history was Louie Sakoda in 2008.

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