The Kansas State football team had two more additions to preseason watch lists.
The Wildcats’ senior punter Devin Anctil made the list for the 2019 Ray Gun Award as the college punter of the year alongside 26 other punters in the nation, as announced by the Augusta Sports Council Wednesday.
This marks the seventh time a Wildcat has been a candidate for the Ray Gun Award. Tim Reyer was a candidate in 2016 and a semifinalist in 2017. Ryan Doerr (2011), Mark Krause (2013) and Nick Walsh (2015 and 2016) rounded out the listw.
Anctil, an Honorable Mention All-Big 12 in 2018, punted 27 times last season with a 43.6 yard average, including six punts traveling 50 yards or more and 10 landing inside the opponent’s 20-yard-line. His season average was the sixth best in school history and would’ve been the best mark in the Big 12 and 25th in the country had Anctil played the minimum amount of games.
Anctil, a Lenexa, Kan., product, Had a career game against Oklahoma in 2018. He had career highs in punts (7), average (46.9), long punt (65), punts of 50 yards or more (3) and punts landing inside the 20-yard-line (5).
Anctil’s 65-yard punt was tied for the second-longest punt in the Big 12 last season and the longest by a Wildcat since 2013.
Lynch makes Lou Groza Watch List
The Wildcats’ kicker, junior Blake Lynch, was one of 30 other place kickers in the country make the 2019 Lou Groza Award watch list, as announced by the Palm Beach County Sports Commission on Wednesday.
This is the 11th time a Wildcat has been nominated for the award, and the fourth time in the last six seasons. Martin Gramatica won the award in 1997, and Joe Rheem (2004), Anthony Cantele (2012) and Matthew McCrane (2017) were semifinalists.
Lunch, from Goddard, Kan., made 14 of his 16 field goals attempts and 19-of-20 extra-point tries last season. He made the most field goals per game (1.56) in the Big 12 and was 14th in the nation, while his 87.5% completion rate was third int eh conference and 12 nationally. His field goal percentage was also the third best in school history.
Lynch and Anctil were the fourth and fifth Wildcats to be honored by a National College Football Awards Association organization this season, joining running back James Gilbert (Maxwell Award), center Adam Holtorf (Rimington Award) and defensive end Wyatt Hubert (Bronko Nagurski Trophy).