KNOXVILLE – Tennessee senior punter Michael Palardy has been named one of 10 semifinalists for the 2013 Ray Guy Award, which honors the most outstanding punter in college football.
Palardy, who handles punts, field goals and kickoffs for the Vols, is in the midst of a breakout senior campaign, especially as a punter.
He is averaging 44.4 yards per punt and leads the FBS in percentage of attempts placed inside the 20-yard line (48.9 percent). He also has boomed 12 attempts of 50-plus yards.
"Everything in our football program is based on every player in our program having great pride and consistency in their performance,” said coach Butch Jones. “Michael Palardy is one of those individuals who has exceeded those expectations. It is an honor and a privilege for him and our entire football program that he be represented on the semifinal list of the Ray Guy Award."
Palardy is one of four SEC players to make the list, joining Alabama’s Cody Mandell, Texas A&M’s Drew Kaser and Auburn’s Steven Clark, who will face the Vols this weekend in Neyland Stadium.
Three of the 10 semifinalists will be named finalists on Nov. 25. The winner will be announced live on ESPN on Dec. 12 as part of the network’s annual college football awards show.
2013 Ray Guy Award Semifinalists
Steven Clark (Sr.) - Auburn
Tom Hornsey (Sr.) - Memphis
Cameron Johnson (Fr.) - Ohio State
Drew Kaser (So.) - Texas A&M
Cody Mandell (Sr.) - Alabama
Michael Palardy (Sr.) - Tennessee
Mike Sadler (Jr.) - Michigan State
Will Scott (Sr.) - Troy
Cody Webster (Sr.) - Purdue
Daniel Lewis covers Tennessee athletics for Nooga.com. Follow him on Twitter @DanielNooga