Riley Dixon is here, and he's coming for your trophies, whatever they may be.
The Syracuse Orange punter is already up for the Wuerffel Trophy, which honors community service with academic and athletic achievement. And of course, you know by now that he'll be taking home the Heisman Trophy, which goes to college football's best player.
Today, he received another nomination: the Ray Guy Award.
Awarded to the nation's top punter, the Ray Guy Award is a big honor, and one that would look pretty nice on Dixon's (likely) growing trophy case. Beyond his exploits of first down-gaining athletic ability, Dixon's actual punting has been pretty great all season too. He's currently averaging 43.8 yards per punt (on 28 punts) and has been a pro at pinning opposing teams inside the 10.
Riley's one of 79 players on the current nominees list, and then that list is trimmed down to 10 semifinalists on November 13. The three finalists are then decided upon just 10 days later. Winners are announced on December 10. No Syracuse player has won the award since its inception in 2000, though Brendan Carney and Rob Long have both respectively put themselves on the committee's radar in the past.
Dixon winning the Ray Guy Award may seem like a formality given his status as Heisman favorite, but you never know. Some voters may not see the magic, or want to give awards to different people. We'll see what happens in a couple weeks when they narrow this list. And if Dixon's not on it, you know he won't be afraid to confront the committee on it.