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Washington State’s Oscar Draguicevich III earns spot on Ray Guy watch list

Washington State Cougars wide receiver Easop Winston (8) and Washington State Cougars punter Oscar Draguicevich (94) celebrate with fans after defeating Arizona during the second half of a college football game on Sunday, November 18, 2018, at Martin Stadium in Pullman, Wash. WSU won the game 69-28. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)

A watch list for the award given to the best punter in college football included Washington State’s Oscar Draguicevich III.

The redshirt junior, who’s heading into his second season as the Cougars’ punter, was named Wednesday to the Ray Guy Award watch list. Draguicevich III was one of 13 punters named to the list and one of just four from the Pac-12 Conference, joining Colorado’s Alex Kinney, Arizona State’s Michael Turk and California’s Steven Coutts.

The Hutto, Texas, native was recognized just hours after Pac-12 media members collectively named him to the preseason All-Conference First Team.

Draguicevich III transferred to WSU last season after redshirting in 2017 at Temple Junior College. Prior to that he was an All-Southland Conference punter at FCS Incarnate Word in 2016.

During his rookie season at the FBS level, Draguicevich III averaged 45.7 yards per punt – a single-season WSU record that ranked seventh in the country and second in the Pac-12 Conference – and sent 13 of his kicks 50 yards or more. Draguicevich III also showed good precision, placing 15 punts inside the 20-yard line.

Draguicevich III was named All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention last season and was placed on scholarship at WSU this offseason.