University of New Mexico football coach Danny Gonzales has yet to see Tyson Dyer punt in a live situation, because the Lobos’ star punter was recovering from hip surgery during the eight spring practices the team got in before the coronavirus pandemic shut everything down.
But based on game film, Gonzales says that Dyer is “very deserving” to be on the Ray Guy Award Watch List that was released on Wednesday. Dyer, the lone Ray Guy Award semifinalist from the Mountain West Conference in 2019, is one of 19 punters nationally named to the preseason watch list.
“Tyson can flip the field,” said Gonzales, who was a punter and defensive back for the Lobos. “He can really change the dynamics of a game. He can change momentum. I think he will progress during the season and stay within that group because he has a very powerful leg. He can place the ball deep. He’s very consistent.”
Dyer, a 28-year-old from Australia, is 100 percent healthy and ready when the Lobos transition to preseason camp starting on July 31, Gonzales said.