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Aussie punter wins top US college prize

Michael Dickson the latest Australian punter to claim Ray Guy award in US College football. (AAP)

Australian punters have won the Ray Guy Award five years in a row with Michael Dickson the latest to claim the US college football honour.

Michael Dickson has continued Australia's domination of punting in US college football.

Sydney's Dickson, who played for the University of Texas, was named winner of the Ray Guy Award on Thursday at a ceremony in Atlanta, Georgia, the fifth consecutive year an Australian has won US college football's top punting prize.

Australians also dominated this year's nominees, with Dickson up against Australia's University of Utah punter Mitch Wishnowsky.

The only US-born punter nominated was JK Scott from the University of Alabama.

"What is it about Australia?" Chris Fowler, host of the 2017 College Football Awards ceremony, asked Dickson on stage.

Dickson drew laughs with his nonchalant response.

"We have just got that Aussie rules in us I guess," Dickson said.

Wishnowsky won the Ray Guy Award last year, Melbourne's Tom Hackett claimed it in 2014 and 2015 and Geelong's Tom Hornsey was victorious in 2013.

Dickson is the latest graduate from Nathan Chapman's Prokick Australia program, which has had tremendous success in getting Aussie rules players into elite colleges and later into the NFL.

Dickson averaged 48.4 yards per punt in 2017, with a longest of 76 yards.

US-born college players arrive on their teams with years of high school punting experience, but most Australians are raw when they touchdown in the US.

Dickson was so raw when he arrived at the powerhouse University of Texas he shanked his first punt at practice out of the ground and on to a road.

He said he was startled because it was the first time he punted with opposing players running at him in a game-type situation.

"I had never seen people running at me like that before," he told the ceremony.

Australians have won so many consecutive Ray Guy Awards Fowler lost count when he greeted Dickson on stage.

"It's now Aussie, Aussie, Aussie, Aussie - four consecutive Australians have won the award as top punter," Fowler said.

In other awards Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield won player and quarterback of the year, Alabama's Minkah Fitzpatrick best defensive back and Stanford's Bryce Love best running back.

College football's highest honour, the Heisman Trophy, will be announced on Saturday.