Fresno State Bulldogs

Bulldogs punter Cusick among nation’s best

Blake Cusick was named to the watch list for the Ray Guy Award Wednesday, which recognizes the best punter in college football. 

The Fresno State punter is among 26 candidates for the award on the preliminary watch list. The Augusta Sports Council will release the complete candidate list on Nov. 5. 

Cusick enters his senior season as the starter for the fourth consecutive year. He’s played in 40 games as a member of the Bulldogs. 

He had a career year last season. Cusick was a 2018 Ray Guy Award semifinalist, and he was also named to the All-Mountain West second team. 

Cusick punted 65 times and averaged 42.2 yards per punt. He landed 31 punts inside the 20-yard line, including 11 inside the 10-yard line. 

He had a career-long 72-yard punt against Nevada on Oct. 6, 2018, in Fresno State’s 21-3 win. 

Cusick was a walk-on to the program in 2015 and was awarded a scholarship in 2017. 

The Ray Guy Award winner will be announced during The Home Depot College Football Awards on Dec. 12, 2019, on ESPN. 

Daniel Gligich is a reporter for The San Joaquin Valley Sun, focusing on Fresno State Athletics and the southern San Joaquin Valley. Email him at