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FSU punter Alex Mastromanno named finalist for Ray Guy Award

Mastromanno is Florida State’s first-ever finalist for the award, which dates back to 2000.

The Florida State Seminoles defeated the Miami Hurricanes 27-20 on November 11, 2023 at Doak Campbell Stadium. Against the Hurricanes, Mastromanno had a 52-yard punt downed at the 2-yard line, a 55-yarder was fair caught at the Miami 18, a 51-yarder out of bounds at the Miami 5 and another 51-yard punt downed at the Miami 16. His three other punts that day traveled 44, 44 and 46 yards.
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Florida State punter Alex Mastromanno has been named one of three finalists for the Ray Guy Award, the August Sports Council announced on Tuesday.

Mastromanno, who came to Tallahassee from Melbourne, Australia, has had a 50-yard punt in nine of 12 games so far for Florida State this season and is averaging 46 yards per attempt (No. 13 nationally).

The Ray Guy Award winner will be announced on December 8 and is set to be selected by a voting body of FBS sports information directors, national media and former Ray Guy Award winners.

From the award’s site:

Punters are evaluated on their overall statistics and contribution to the team. Particular emphasis is placed on the following statistics; net average, percentage of total punts inside the 20-yard line and percentage of punts not returned.

The Ray Guy Award will provide one additional vote as determined by football fans — FSU fans can vote for Mastromanno on the Ray Guy Award web site.

The full release from FSU Sports Info:

TALLAHASSEE – Florida State redshirt junior Alex Mastromanno is one of three finalists for the Ray Guy Award, presented annually to the nation’s top punter by the Augusta Sports Council.

Mastromanno is FSU’s first finalist for the award, which dates back to 2000.

The Melbourne, Australia, native has averaged 46.0 yards on 51 punts this season, with 17 traveling over 50 yards and 22 downed inside the 20-yard line. Mastromanno’s 46.0 average ranks No. 13 nationally, while Florida State is No. 4 nationally with a net average of 43.5 yards.

Against Clemson and Miami, Mastromanno kicked a career-high four 50-yard punts. Against the Hurricanes, a 52-yard punt was downed at the 2-yard line, a 55-yarder was fair caught at the Miami 18, a 51-yarder out of bounds at the Miami 5 and another 51-yard punt downed at the Miami 16. His three other punts that day traveled 44, 44 and 46 yards.

His four punts at Clemson traveled 59, 57, 52 and 51 yards, with the latter downed at the 3-yard line.

Mastromanno had a season-high 59-yard punt against Clemson, Virginia Tech and Pitt. He was a Ray’s 8 National Punter of the Week against Clemson and Pitt.

Mastromanno began the season with three punts against No. 5 LSU with a long of 51 yards. He has a 50-yard punt in 9 of 12 games this season.

If Mastromanno maintains his 46.0 average, he would finish second in FSU single-season history. For his career, Mastromanno has punted 181 times with a 43.6 average, 34 50-yard punts and 61 downed inside the 20.

The finalists for the 2023 Ray Guy Award are Mastromanno, Matt Hayball of Vanderbilt and Tory Taylor of Iowa. A winner will be named during The Home Depot College Football Awards on ESPN December 8. Fans can vote for Mastromanno on the Ray Guy Award web site.

Undefeated No. 4 Florida State (12-0) takes on No. 15 Louisville (10-2) Saturday in the ACC Championship Game. Saturday’s game will air on ABC at 8:00 p.m.