A.J. Hughes had a great sophomore season for the Hokies at punter and really proved that Beamer Ball is still alive and well in Blacksburg with his very successful season. Recently, many college football awards were handed out including the Ray Guy Award which goes to the man that is the best punter in college football over the past season. The finalist for the Ray Guy Award were Memphis punter Tom Hornsey (who won the award), Texas A&M’s Drew Kaser, and Purdue’s Cody Webster who all deserved it but one man should have been there over maybe Cody Webster.
That man is Virginia Tech punter A.J. Hughes.
A.J. Hughes might not have a punt that went for over 70 yards but Hughes improved in 2013 and showed that he will at some point in his collegiate career be a finalist for the Ray Guy Award. Hughes averaged 44.5 yards per punt which was actually better than Purdue punter Cody Webster who averaged a full yard less than Hughes this past season. Hughes also seemed to be able to help the Hokies to win games due to his ability to pin opponents deep in their own territory and give the Hokies even better opportunities to win. The good news is that Hughes will have two more opportunities to win the Ray Guy Award.