Jones Named to Ray Guy Watch List
BATON ROUGE — Donnie Jones, a two-time member of the Southeastern Conference Academic Honor Roll, has been named to the Ray Guy Watch List, the Greater Augusta Sports Council announced on Tuesday.
Jones, a Baton Rouge native, is one of the 34 players from across the nation named to the watch list. The Ray Guy Award is awarded annually to the nation’s top punter.
Last year, Jones averaged 43.7 yards on 47 punts. He had 13 punts downed inside the 20-yard line. LSU ranked eighth in the nation in 2001 with a 39.6 net punting average.
Jones also set a pair of SEC Championship game records last year in LSU’s 31-20 win over Tennessee. Jones averaged 45.2 yards against Tennessee, an SEC Championship game mark, and he also had the longest punt in the history of the title contest with a 58-yard kick.
For his career, Jones has averaged 40.6 yards on 104 punts.
The national selection committee will trim the list of candidates to 10 in late October with the three finalists being named in late November. The winner of the Ray Guy Award will be announced on Dec. 12 in Orlando, Fla.