Freshman punter Pressley Harvin III has been added to the Ray Guy Award watch list.
The Ray Guy Award is annually given to the best punter in all of college football, last season Utah punter Mitch Wishnowsky won the award, it was the third straight year a Utah punter won the award. Georgia Tech does have a history with the Ray Guy Award as former Jacket Durant Brooks won the award in 2007, the only Jacket to do so.
The Alcolu, South Carolina native has been tremendous for Georgia Tech this season averaging 46 yards per punt. His 46-yard average ranks seventh in the nation and second among freshman, the only freshman above him is Idaho’s Cade Coffey who’s averaging 46.5 yards per punt this season.
If Harvin continues punting at such a high level, he will be on track to have the greatest season for any Georgia Tech punter in terms of yards per punt since 2000. During Brooks’ 2007 season, he averaged 45.5 yards per punt.
For the Jackets, a ton of their success early on this season came on strong field position. Having Harvin III has allowed the Jackets to have a strong contingency plan if the offensive drive goes wrong. The freshman has shown throughout the season the ability to flip field position even when pinned near his own end zone.
Harvin’s tremendous season shouldn’t go overshadowed as a ton of the Jackets success has lied on his foot. He should continue to be a great asset going forward for the Jackets.