AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Redshirt senior senior punter Michael Farkas (Mishawaka, Ind.) of the Ohio football team has been added to the 2019 Ray Guy Award Watch List.
The Ray Guy Award -- named for football's premier punter -- honors the nation's best collegiate punter. The Augusta Sports Council (ASC) created the award in 2000. Along with other awards such as the Heisman Trophy and the Doak Walker Award, the Ray Guy Award honors an important member of any football team. The ASC presents the award live on The Home Depot College Football Awards broadcast on ESPN from Atlanta, Georgia.
Farkas earned All-Mid-American Conference First Team selection as a redshirt junior in 2018, becoming the first Ohio punter to garner All-MAC First Team recognition since Dave Zastudil achieved the feat for the fourth year in a row in 2001. Farkas tied for the league lead with 43.4 yards per punt, which ranks as the fourth-best average in a single season in program history. He totaled 1,867 punting yards. Sixteen of his punts landed inside the 20, and 19 were fair caught. He recorded season-long punts of 59 yards three times. Farkas was named MAC East Division Special Teams Player of the Week twice in 2018.
Farkas, who was a Third Team All-MAC pick as a redshirt freshman in 2016, has totaled 7,114 punting yards in his career, which ranks as the fourth-most in program history.
Ohio has placed players on 11 award watch lists for the 2019 season. In addition to Farkas being named to the Ray Guy Award Watch List, senior quarterback Nathan Rourke (Oakville, Ontario, Canada) was named to the Maxwell Award, Davey O'Brien Award, Walter Camp Player of the Year Award, College Football Performance Awards National Performer of the Year Trophy, Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award and Manning Award watch lists, redshirt senior center Steven Hayes (Dacula, Ga.) was named to the Rimington Trophy Watch List, redshirt senior safety Javon Hagan (Jacksonville, Fla.) and junior cornerback Jamal Hudson (Miami, Fla.) were named to the Jim Thorpe Award Watch List, Hagan was named to the Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List and redshirt senior kicker Louie Zervos (Tarpon Springs, Fla.) was named to the Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award Preseason Watch List.
The Bobcats opened the 2019 season with a 41-20 victory over Rhode Island last Saturday (Aug. 31) at Peden Stadium, marking a school-record 10th-straight home win for the Bobcats.
Next up, Ohio takes to the road for the first time in the 2019 season, making a trip to the Steel City to take on Pitt (0-1) on Saturday (Sept. 7). Kickoff is set for 11 a.m. ET at Heinz Field. Saturday's contest will be broadcast live on the ACC Network, with Clay Matvick, John Congemi and Dr. Jerry Punch on the call. Saturday's game can also be heard on the Ohio Sports Network from Learfield IMG College. Russ Eisenstein returns for his 12th season as the "Voice of the Bobcats." Ohio Alum Rob Cornelius has been a part of the broadcasts for two decades. WXTQ (Power 105) in Athens returns as the 11-station network's flagship. The broadcasts are also available online through TuneIn.com/OhioBobcats and on the TuneIn app.