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Texas A&M Football

Braden Mann takes home Ray Guy Award for nation's best punter

December 6, 2018
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Record-setting Texas A&M punter Braden Mann was named recipient of the Ray Guy Award on Thursday night, which honors the nation’s top punter.

Mann, a junior from Cy-Fair, received the honor at the College Football Awards Show at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta.

The other finalists were James Smith of Cincinnati and Mitch Wishnowsky of Utah.

Mann led the nation in punting with a 51.15 average on 47 punts. The next highest average was 48.3 yards by Ryan Stonehouse of Colorado State.

Mann has already set two NCAA records this season and figures to set another.

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Braden Mann is the first player in Texas A&M’s history to win the Ray Guy Award.

In a September game against Alabama, he broke the NCAA record for the high gross average in a single game when he punted five times for a 60.8 average. 

He also set a single-season record with 14 punts of at least 60 yards. Mann’s longest punt trailed 82 yards. He also had 18 punts killed inside the 20-yard line.

He’ll set another NCAA record for gross average in a season if he maintains at least a 50.4-yard average after the Aggies face North Carolina State in the Gator Bowl on Dec. 31.

Mann’s current average is almost a full yard better than NCAA single-season record-holder Chad Kessler of LSU, who averaged 50.3 yards on 39 punts in 1997.

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Braden Mann takes home Ray Guy Award for nation's best punter

BreNayPop
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Well deserved award
Ags2013
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I wonder who'll win the Braden Mann Award next year
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He definitely had a leg up on the competition.
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TAMU74
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Congratulations Mr. Mann.
It's been a pleasure to watch you in action this year.
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Gig em Braden!
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Will he enter the draft early?
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Like anyone could even know that.
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Well deserved! He's been a great asset to the team.
TMartin
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Just as important I don't remember a shank all year
Meximan
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TMartin said:

Just as important I don't remember a shank all year

Thanks for jinxing it.
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Kickin' it!
HunterAggie
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Congratulations Mr. Mann.

and thank you for the innumerable field changing punts this year !
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Congrats!
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Lol. Replace Ray Guy....such a spare.
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Braden has averaged a little under 4 punts per game this year. If he punts 4 times in the bowl game, he'd have to average at least ~42yds / punt to break the record. His worst this year has been a 42.5 avg against ULM. Second worst was 44 @ Auburn.
Amazing Moves
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Punter U!
sharpdressedman
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Congratulations! Amazing consistency and a great leg.
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Piss missile

rocky the dog
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Braden, You the Mann!
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TMartin said:

Just as important I don't remember a shank all year
That's because it still goes 40 yards when he shanks it.
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Thankfully this committee did not cheat Mann like the other one did Sternberger!

Well Done Mann!

(and Sternberger, we all know you are the best even if those poons won't admit it)
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Hearing Mann and his leg will return for his SR year... Anyone else getting that or should I pinch myself to wake up?
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I never watched the Pat McAfee video. Holy crap that was hilarious.
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He'll set another NCAA record for gross average in a season if he maintains at least a 50.4-yard average after the Aggies face North Carolina State in the Gator Bowl on Dec. 31.

Mann's current average is almost a full yard better than NCAA single-season record-holder Chad Kessler of LSU, who averaged 50.3 yards on 39 punts in 1997.


Since I'm a nerd who has a lot of time on his hands, I calculated the stats Mann would need to record during the Gator Bowl to break Kessler's 50.28 record.

The NCAA record book rounds punting averages to the hundredths place, or the second digit after the decimal, as shown:


Source: http://fs.ncaa.org/Docs/stats/football_records/2018/FBS.pdf

So Mann would need a 50.29 season average to break the record. Punting average is calculated using the total punting yards divided by the total punts. Here is a table on the minimum punting yards he would need by the number of punts:



Here is the math I used for anyone interested: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1jHB7T3AVVEsMntCaT7m7nMYkaKV-EbdmtHCSF3O5IRE/edit#gid=0
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Mann is the MAN
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Braden = Beast
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