The man whose name graces the annual award given to Division I-A's best punter, is now a college football immortal.
Ray Guy was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame on Dec. 7, 2003 at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City.
Guy, who was named All-American after leading the nation in punting in 1972 with a 46.2-yards-a-punt average, became the first Southern Miss player ever accorded the honor and will become the first punter to enter the Hall in South Bend, Ind.
The Swainsboro, Ga., native still holds the NCAA career punting record with a 44.7-yard average for those who punted between 200-249 times in a career.
Guy, who played from 1970-72, was the first USM player to ever have his number retired by the school. He still holds school records for longest punt, single-game average, single-season average and career average.
"He's only the best kicker who ever lived," former USM coach Curley Hallman once said of Guy.
An outstanding defensive back as well, Guy holds USM records for interceptions in a season (8) and is second on the career list with 18.