AUBURN, Ala. (EETV) – Auburn punter Oscar Chapman was named Ray Guy Punter of the Week for his performance against top-ranked Georgia this past weekend. The Aussie punted five times, averaging 51.2 yards per punt.
Chapman was a major reason why Auburn was able to hang close with Georgia over the course of the game, making sure the Bulldogs’ offense was often backed up deep in their own territory and stalling their offense out.
The senior punter pinned the Bulldogs inside their own 20-yard line three times, including a 74-yard beauty that was downed inside the Georgia five-yard line to end the first half. The punt was also a career-long for the senior, whose average yardage on the season had been slightly down compared to his previous season coming into the week.
Despite this, Chapman has enjoyed greatly increased success in pinning his opponents deep in their own territory this season. Over forty percent of Chapman's punts have been downed inside his opponent’s 20-yard line, higher than any other season of his career.
Chapman’s success on the season has him currently ranked as a top five punter in the 2024 class according to PFF and Pro Football Network, as well as a member of the Ray Guy Award watch list, which recognizes the best punter in the nation over the course of the season.
Chapman has proved to be a valuable asset for Auburn on special teams this season, and the Tigers will need him to continue his level of performance for the rest of the season in order to help the Tigers stay on top in the field position battle through the rest of SEC play.