Thursday, December 10, 2009
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Gwinnett Daily Post
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Georgia's Drew Butler has won the Ray Guy Award as the nation's best punter.
Butler, a Peachtree Ridge grad, accepted the honor at the annual college football awards at Disney World on Thursday night. He beat out fellow nominees Zoltan Mesko of Michigan and Chas Henry of Florida.
Butler averaged 48.8 yards this season to lead the nation. The sophomore -- the son of legendary UGA kicker and longtime NFL player Kevin Butler -- also had 17 punts downed inside the 20. His punting average is well ahead of the school record of 45.4, set in 1984 by Chip Andrews. He's also ahead of the SEC record for punting, which was established by Vanderbilt's Ricky Anderson in 1984.
Butler's biggest punt this season came against Oklahoma State, booming a 75-yarder in a losing effort. He also punted a career-high seven times against LSU and boomed 24 punts of more than 50 yards this season.
On Thursday afternoon, Butler was named to the Walter Camp All-American Team as a first-teamer. He's the first Bulldog since 2005 to make the team, adding his second All-American nod to the American Football Coaches Association team he made earlier in the week.
Butler was one of only three sophomores on the Walter Camp team, which had 16 seniors, six juniors and no freshmen.