There is some bit of good news for Rutgers football fans, despite it being the bye week. True freshman Adam Korsak has been added the Ray Guy Award Watch List, given out to the best collegiate punter each season.
The addition was announced on Thursday afternoon in the tweet above and as of the publishing of this article, Korsak hadn’t yet been added to the website’s official list of nominee’s.
In regard to criteria, the site lists the following:
Particular emphasis is placed on the following statistics; net average, percentage of total punts inside the 20-yard line, percentage of punts not returned, number of punts and gross average.
Korsak had big shoes to fill in replacing Rutgers punter Ryan Anderson, who became the program’s first ever First Team All-Big Ten selection. However, Korsak has steadily improved throughout this fall and has been one of the best performers on the team. Through eight games, Korsak is averaging 43.0 yards a punt, 14 punts that fair catches were called, 13 punts that were downed inside the opponent’s 20 yard line, and 7 punts of 50+ yards, including a school record 79 yard punt last weekend in the loss to Northwestern.
The Australian has done a good job in his first season of American football, making his performance as a college freshman all the more impressive. He has been a key contributor for a special teams unit that is allowing just 2.1 yards per punt return this season, resulting in the third best net punt average in the Big Ten. In a season that there has been little for Rutgers football fans to celebrate, at least Korsak has been a young player that has performed well and can be counted on for multiple seasons to come.