ATLANTA (AP) — Utah’s Tom Hackett has won the Ray Guy Award, given to the nation’s top punter.

It was the second straight year Hackett won the award, presented Thursday night.

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The Australian-born punter became the first Utah player and the first from the Pac-12 to win the award in 2014. The only other player to win the honor in consecutive seasons was Louisiana Tech’s Ryan Allen in 2011-12. Baylor’s Daniel Sepulveda also won two Ray Guy Awards, but not in consecutive seasons (2004 and 2006).

Hackett, a senior, averaged a career-best 47.8 yards this season, including a long punt of 76 yards.

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The other finalists were Michael Carrizosa of San Jose State and Hayden Hunt of Colorado State.

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