Keeping Score

ESPN: Ray Guy's '72 season best in USM history

With Ray Guy's recent induction as the first punter in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, it seems as if people are now taking a closer look at his outstanding career.

On Wednesday, ESPN published a list of the best single seasons by a player for each FBS program.

ESPN chose Guy for USM because of his 1972 season, a year that made him a unanimous All-American and the first pure punter selected in the first round of the NFL Draft. 

He averaged 44.7 yards per punt that year and set the school record for most interceptions in a season with eight while playing safety. He also set the USM mark for longest punt with a 93-yard boot in a 13-9 loss to Ole Miss and kicked a school-record 61-yard field goal.

Some USM fans may wonder why former greats like Brett Favre and Reggie Collier didn't make this list, but neither of the quarterbacks had stats in college that are as impressive as the record numbers being put up these days.

Favre's most efficient season came as a sophomore in 1988 when he completed 55.8 percent of his passes for 2,271 yards, 16 touchdowns and five interceptions.

Collier might have the best argument to make when looking at his 1981 junior year when he threw for 1,004 yards with six touchdowns and four interceptions while rushing for 1,005 yards and 12 touchdowns.

Other standout individual seasons that can't be ignored include Rod Davis in 2002 when he registered 168 tackles and 10.5 sacks as a middle linebacker and running back Damion Fletcher, who accounted for 1,586 rushing yards and 15 touchdowns in 2007.