Auburn’s skill players took center stage on preseason watch lists on Monday and Tuesday.
It was the specialists’ turn on Wednesday.
Senior punter Steven Clark was named to the Ray Guy Award watch list, while senior kicker Cody Parkey earned the same honor on the Lou Groza Award watch list. Neither of them are strangers to these watch lists, as both Clark and Parkey have made multiple appearances.
Their specialists’ selections put the Tigers in a class by themselves, as no other team in the SEC placed both their punter and kicker on the preseason watch lists.
The nominations of Parkey and Clark followed three other Tigers who had already been added to watch lists earlier this week. Senior defensive end Dee Ford was named to the Bednarik Award watch list on Monday, while junior center Reese Dismukes (Rimington Trophy) and junior tight end CJ Uzomah (Mackey Award) were selected to watch lists at their respective positions on Tuesday.
Clark, one of three punters chosen from the SEC and one of 25 overall, has been a fixture on the Guy Award watch list, finishing as a finalist (to eventual winner Ryan Allen of Louisiana Tech) in 2011 and a semifinalist last year. The Kansas City, Mo., native averaged 39.8 yards per punt last season, with 15 of his attempts being downed inside the 20-yard line. Even more impressive, just five of his 70 punts were returned. His season-long attempt went 54 yards against LSU.
Parkey was Auburn’s leading scorer in 2012, converting 11 of his 14 field goal attempts and hitting all 27 of his extra-point tries. During his Tiger career, Parkey has missed just one (71 of 72) PAT, and enters this season having made 51 in a row. He also ranks fourth in school history in field goal percentage (.750), putting 24 of his 32 kicks through the uprights.
Parkey was one of 30 placekickers named to the preseason watch list, joining Vanderbilt’s Carey Spear as representatives from the SEC.
Links to the full watch lists for both awards are included below.