Texas A & M Football's Braden Mann was named Ray Ray's Ray 8 Award after the Aggies' 24-17 victory over the Mississippi State, the Augusta Sports Council and the Ray Guy Award announced Monday.
Against the Bulldogs, Mann hit three times, three being shot inside the 20 and two to 10 meters. Mann had the opportunity to give a hand on the A & M side of the field and made a runner of 58 runners jump who could not be fired. For the year, Mann gives 48.88 yards per puck to the NCAA as he looks to lead the country for the second consecutive season.
Last year, Mann won just about every possible award for his efforts, including SEC Special Player of the Year Award, Ray Guy, which is awarded annually to the country's best bettor. He was unanimously American and was honored by USA Today, CBS Sports, ESPN.com, Sports Illustrated and Pro Football Focus.
In 2018, Mann put the ball in the line of 20 meters on 18 of his kicks. He had even registered four tackles and forced a fumble in the cover. Last September, Alabama No. 1, Mann broke the NCAA high gross average in one game at 60.8 yards on five boots, beating the previous record of 60.4. in 1983 and matched in 2010.
The Texas A & M unit led the FBS in net net-dropping to 45.0 yards in 2018 and became the first team since BYU in 1983 with an average of 45.0 net yards per punt in a full season. In FBS history, only one team that does not play at high altitude averaged more than 45.0 yards per game – Southern Miss in 1972, led by legendary punter and legendary Ray Guy.
Opponents returned a high SEC 21 punts against him last year but This is because Mann often throws the ball over the heads of returning players. Even when they lined their kicks, their blocking had often failed and they were attacked within 50 to 60 yards by the first pair of cover (their opponents averaged six yards per return against the Aggies in 2018). People often forget that he also handles picks and that the Aggies led the SEC with respect to the opposing returns, only 17 yards per return (most SEC teams allowed 20 yards). by return or more).
As a result, Mann adds 5 to 10 yards to each opponent's possession against the Aggies in kickoffs and kick returns. They do not keep track of these things, but their opponents usually have one, maybe two, outside their 25-yard starting line. As a result, their training often failed before they were able to score because they took so long to drive in the field and make mistakes of one kind or another. In addition, Mann often brought the ball out of danger for A & M from inside his 20-yard starting line and canceled what should have been an excellent starting position for the opponents (especially in the from Clemson and Kentucky).
The 8 Ray Bettors are eligible to be named Punter of the week for the eighth week games announced on Tuesday, Oct. 22 at 9 am (CT).
Ray's 8 – Week Eight
Braden Mann, Texas A & M
Dane Roy, Houston
Devin Anctil, State of Kansas
Dom Maggio, wake forest
James Smith, Cincinnati
Joseph Charlton, Caroline from the south
Michael Sleep-Dalton, Iowa