One of the few highlights of the Dogs’ season so far that doesn’t involve A.J. Green has been watching punter Drew Butler show off his very strong leg. An interesting feature on Butler in the Athens Banner-Herald notes that the NCAA record for season average on punts could be within the redshirt sophomore’s reach before the year’s out.
Young Butler also talks about carving out his own niche in the shadow of his legendary placekicker father. “It’s an honor and a privilege to be Kevin’s son,” Drew says. “I love my dad. He’s my best friend, but being able to do my own thing has been really cool. Not kicking, obviously, being a punter has helped. I think if I keep doing what I’m doing, hopefully people will know me and know my dad as Drew’s dad.”
Instead of him just being that old geezer who once kicked it a hundred thousand miles to beat Clemson.
WHITHER THE TIGHT ENDS?
Marc Weiszer looks at what’s happened lately to tight ends Orson Charles and Aron White, who have a combined 13 catches for 227 yards and two touchdowns, but did not catch a pass against Tennessee and have just five catches for 48 yards between them in the past three games.
“There’s probably been at least a half a dozen plays called where they were the primary receiver in the last couple of ball games, and because of coverage or a breakdown somewhere or maybe a route that we didn’t run as well as we should have for whatever reason, it didn’t go to them,” tight ends coach John Lilly says. “I think they’re improving and I think they’re still a big part of what we’re doing in the passing game.”
CURRAN A SEMIFINALIST
Junior linebacker and SEC tackling leader Rennie Curran has been named one of 12 semifinalists for the Rotary Lombardi Award, given annually to the college football lineman, offensive or defensive, who displays outstanding performance and ability and best exemplifies the character and discipline of Vince Lombardi. The four finalists will be named Nov. 11 and the winner will be announced Dec. 9.
David Pollack is the only UGA player ever to win the award.
THE OTHER FOOTBALL
If you’re in the Athens area this weekend, you might want to head over to the soccer stadium at 2330 S. Milledge Ave., where the No. 16 Bulldogs will welcome fifth-ranked and still undefeated South Carolina tonight at 7 and then take on No. 11 Florida at 3 p.m. on Sunday (with the game being televised on ESPNU).
The Dogs are in third place in the SEC East, 4 points behind the Gamecocks and just 1 behind the Gators, so they could make a big move with wins in this homestand, which continues at 7 p.m. Thursday when they play host to Alabama.
A UGA soccer game is a fun family outing, especially if you have a daughter who plays the game, and Georgia ranks first in the SEC in average attendance, drawing 1,521 fans per game. Admission is free of charge.