Kentucky’s punter Max Duffy has been named the Ray Guy Award’s Punter of the Week. In addition to the committee-selected honor, Duffy also brought home the fan vote of the week.
The Wildcats’ outing against South Carolina was disappointing at best, but Duffy’s play stands out as one of the night’s only bright spots. He punted nine times against USC for a total of 460 yards. The junior broke his own single-game school record (with a minimum of eight punts) by averaging 51.1 yards on nine kicks. In the process, he also became UK’s career punting leader with a 46.6-yard career average.
Against the Gamecocks, Duffy had four punts inside the 20 with no touchbacks. His longest punt flew for 62 yards, and he also created a turnover when one punt hit a South Carolina player and was recovered by the Wildcats.
Our whole punt team lead by @Coach_Matsakis and Coach Hood have been great so far, lets hope we can keep it going on the odd chance we are required on the field in the last 7 weeks. As always thanks to @JohnnyPKA and @ProkickAus for helping me get here! ?? #ctc https://t.co/IFCyAQM9zX
— Max Duffy (@Max__Duffy) October 1, 2019
For the season, the Australia native leads the nation with a 51.2-yard average. As a team, UK leads the nation in net punting with a 49.3-yard average.