Bulldog Bites: Kevin Butler known as ‘Drew’s dad’?

Drew Butler. (Markricht.com)

Drew Butler. (Markricht.com)

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.

Go Dogs!

24 comments Add your comment

Cuz

October 16th, 2009
1:54 pm

Join the crowd Kevin, I am known as Baylie’s Dad.

Cuz

October 16th, 2009
1:57 pm

Soccer or futbol, another tool of the International Communist Party to brainwash our children.

Mike Hunt

October 16th, 2009
1:57 pm

Word to the Dawgs

James

October 16th, 2009
2:09 pm

Another tool of the Communist Party to brainwash our children? Are you kidding me?!!?! Get a life…

Trent

October 16th, 2009
2:15 pm

This continues to be the weakest link on ajc.com. Was so much more informative when beat writers were blogging on the Dogs. T, too, can click on the Athens paper’s website and rewrite their stories. Tell me something new. Interview someone. You’re stealing the AJ-C’s money, pal.

SOUTH GA DAWG FAN

October 16th, 2009
2:16 pm

Butler for heisman

GO DAWGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Gdog

October 16th, 2009
2:37 pm

…and yet here you are, Trent. Maybe you should read something like the Banner Herald for the real scoop. Leave Bill alone. This is a blog, Pal!

Shananeeeeeee Fananeeeeeeeeeee

October 16th, 2009
2:41 pm

Gators will block one of his kicks, end O’ story.

L-Dawg

October 16th, 2009
2:42 pm

GLORY GLORY TO OLE’ GEORGIA!!!

WHAT TO TECH “FANS” AND UGA FANS HAVE IN COMMON?? THEY ARE BOTH OBSESSED WITH THE DAWGS!!!!

GO DAWGS!!!!

LOOKING FORWARD TO CHEERING MY TEAM ON IN PERSON SATURDAY AS OPPOSED TO BOOING ANOTHER TEAM FROM A BAR!!!

Call it Like It Is

October 16th, 2009
2:45 pm

We know that is the only reason that he got into GA was because of his Dad’s instrumental influence and his career at GA.

Nepotism at it’s best!

Enough Said!

Paul's Johnson

October 16th, 2009
2:50 pm

Shananeeeeeee Fananeeeeeeeeeee:

“Gators will block one of his kicks, end O’ story”

GAYtors aren’t blocking anything!

birddawg92

October 16th, 2009
2:56 pm

Soccer is a dark, evil thing hurtin’ this country.-Lewis Grizzard

http://www.saturdayinathens.com

David

October 16th, 2009
3:07 pm

Thank God we’ve got a great punter!

Colonial Dawg

October 16th, 2009
3:07 pm

“Another tool of the Communist Party to brainwash our children? Are you kidding me?!!?! Get a life”

James, do you not recognize satire when you read it?

birddawg92

October 16th, 2009
3:11 pm

Pumpdawg

October 16th, 2009
3:18 pm

Call it like it is,
Yeah,it’s not like he’s any good.

mark

October 16th, 2009
3:37 pm

just watching soccer will make you silly unless it’s your own kids playing and then it’s only tolerable.

Jacket Man

October 16th, 2009
3:47 pm

HA HA HA!!!!! Enjoy the return trip to Tennessee!!!!!!!!

timthebrave

October 16th, 2009
4:17 pm

Call it Like It Is, nepotism. are you kidding….Maybe leading the whole country in punting has something to do with getting in

KJ

October 16th, 2009
5:05 pm

“We know that is the only reason that he got into GA was because of his Dad’s instrumental influence and his career at GA.

Nepotism at it’s best!

Enough Said!”

Wow, I’ve read a lot of idiotic, trollish stuff on these blogs, but this one might win the award.

Hopefully “enough said” implies that he will never post again.

Fort Worth Dawg

October 16th, 2009
7:03 pm

I never said it but I thought it was a waste of a football scholarship for Kevin’s son. I was very, very wrong. I did state that for what Kevin did for UGA, his kids and grandkids should receive full scholarships.

Oh, and having witnessed The Kick, if my dad made The Kick I’d be quite content with being called “___’s son” the rest of my life.

Cuz

October 16th, 2009
10:40 pm

Humor is indeed wasted on the lame. Thanks for watching my back gang.

Nepotism? Now that is funny. Drew walked on before he got his scholarship.

Joe

October 17th, 2009
5:37 am

soccer isn’t a sport

GeorgiaGirl71

October 18th, 2009
1:56 am

Congratulations Rennie on being named a semifinalist in the Rotary Lombardi Award. You are an outstanding asset to UGA both on and off the field and indeed a role model for younger boys. Thank you for your Dawg years and making those important tackles to help win games.

Kevin Butler (1981-84) an old geezer? Maybe for NFL kickers, but to those of us who came before him, he’s still got lots of mileage. How about hiring him as the UGA kicking coach?

“It was one of those steamy September game days in Athens, when number-two ranked Clemson came to Sanford Stadium in 1984. The Tigers dominated the Bulldogs in the first half and Dooley’s Dogs went to the locker room trailing 20-3. The Dogs battled back in the second half and with eleven seconds left and the game tied at 23, Georgia had the ball at the Clemson 43. Most teams would have opted for a desperation, hail-Mary fling into the end zone. But Dooley sent Butler out to try a 60-yard field goal—and never even bothered to ask if he had it in him.

“My longest practice kick was 78 yards,” Butler recalls. “It wasn’t so much a matter of distance as . . . just putting it through. Coach Dooley gave me the confidence I needed as a kicker.”

“Heck, any time we got past the 50, Kevin would stand right in front of me on the sidelines,” Dooley recalls. “He always wanted to kick the game-winner. What I remember most about that Clemson kick is that he could have made it from 70….”

Kickers Make the Difference
http://www.uga.edu/gm/302/FeatDoor.html

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