Is Jake Camarda the best in the league?
SEC football returns several accomplished punters for the 2021 season, but one stands out above the rest: Georgia senior Jake Camarda.
Camarda garnered 16 of 17 possible votes for first place at the top of a list of the SEC’s top five bettors, as determined by those covering the conference for USA TODAY Sports Network.
Eleven bettors from as many schools received votes in the poll. Five points were awarded for a first place vote up to one point for a fifth place vote.
The USA TODAY Sports Network is counting down to the SEC Media Days, scheduled for July 19-22 in Hoover, Alabama, revealing its top players in each group of positions.
Here’s a look at the top five SEC bettors:
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1. Jake Camarda
Georgia, senior (84 points, 16 votes for first place)
Last season’s Ray Guy Award finalist, Camarda averaged 46.6 yards per punt. He had 17 punts of 50 yards or more.
2. Mac Brown
Ole Miss, senior (48 points, 1 first place vote)
Brown’s 46.6 yards per punt last season, the third-best in Ole Miss history, was the most SEC punters and the third-best in the country among players who kicked 25 times or more.
3. Paxton Brooks
Tennessee, senior (40 points)
Brooks lost 17 punters inside the 20 last season. He is one of the SEC’s top returning bettors.
4. Grant McKinniss
Missouri, senior (21 points)
McKinniss will be on an SEC roster for a sixth season. McKinniss averaged 43.6 yards with six punts of 50 yards or more.
5. Jack Martin
Alabama, junior (17 points)
Martin joins the Crimson Tide roster after being transferred from Troy. He kicked 25 times for an average of 46.1 yards, his longest run being 66 yards.
Voting panel: Zach Abolverdi, Gainesville Sun; John Adams, Knoxville News Sentry; Will Backus, Knoxville News Sentry; Eric Blum, Columbia Daily Tribune; James Fletcher, The Tuscaloosa News; Gentry Estes, Tennessee; Aria Gerson, Tennessee; Glenn Guilbeau, The Daily Announcer; Jon Hale, The Courier Journal; Cecil Hurt, The Tuscaloosa News; Nick Kelly, The Tuscaloosa News; Adam Sparks, Tennessee; Nick Suss, The Clarion-Ledger; Blake Toppmeyer, Knoxville News Sentinel; Josh Vitale, announcer for Montgomery; Marc Weiszer, Banner-Herald of Athens; Mike Wilson, Knoxville News Sentry.