Like his father, Drew Butler earns All-America honors

Drew Butler now has something else in common with his father: He’s an All-American.

Georgia’s punter today was named to the American Football Coaches’ All-America Team –- the first UGA kicker (punter or placekicker) to earn All-America honors since Butler’s dad, Kevin, did so as a placekicker in 1983-84.

Drew Butler is the first Georgia punter to be named All-America in the modern era, according to UGA. Georgia has had several other players over the decades who earned All-America honors at their primary positions and doubled as a punter.

Butler, from Duluth, leads the nation with a 48.8-yard average on 50 punts this season, his first as the Bulldogs’ No. 1 punter. He is on pace to break UGA’s single-season punting record (45.4-yard average by Chip Andrews in 1984).

Butler is one of three finalists for the Ray Guy Award, presented annually to the nation’s top punter.

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UGAX

December 3rd, 2009
12:58 pm

Congrats to Drew Butler and his father, Kevin! Can’t imagine this kid not winning the Ray Guy Award. Also, congrats to Derrick Morgan at GT for a great year and his AA selection. As a Bulldog, I’ll be glad to see him leave next year (along with Dwyer)!.

FRED

December 3rd, 2009
1:08 pm

Just like his father a class act. I shutter every time i think that M/R did not want to give him a scoholarship but wanted him to walk on. We could have lost him. sort of like when we redshirted Moreno.

Johnny DangerDawg

December 3rd, 2009
1:19 pm

From 3-star recruit to All-American. Way to go, Drew! We appreciate all the hard work you put into becoming the best in the nation!

Fort Worth Dawg

December 3rd, 2009
1:20 pm

I thought Drew would come to UGA even without a scholarship, but even if he’d turned out to be a bust, UGA owes all of Kevin Butler’s kids and grandkids a full scholarship. Nice to see Drew do so well (no facemask jokes).

old gold engineer

December 3rd, 2009
1:21 pm

Congratulations to young Butler. I was disappointed that I didn’t get to see him kick even once last Saturday. Durant Brooks was an impressive punter for GT a couple of seasons ago, and I was looking forward to seeing Butler boom a few. Will he be on your roster in 2011?

LizDawg

December 3rd, 2009
1:32 pm

Congratulations Drew on your All-American honor, you truly are the nation’s best!

Unfortunately the tech fans at the Joke by Coke never got to see you punt in person as Caleb King and Washaun Ealey were running through the tech backfield UNTOUCHED all night long en route to another TOUCHDOWN GEORGIA!

30-24 All Year Long!

Dbalcer

December 3rd, 2009
1:38 pm

Congrats to Drew.

GeoffDawg

December 3rd, 2009
1:40 pm

Congrats to Butler. Surprised Walsh didn’t make it.

Poker playing Dawg

December 3rd, 2009
1:52 pm

Very well put Liz…….

Georgia will allways dominate GT!!!

30-24

South Georgia Repub

December 3rd, 2009
2:02 pm

Was Walsh a 2nd or 3rd team choice? How could he miss?

Saint Simons

December 3rd, 2009
2:06 pm

((((( 45 – 42 ))))) hahahahahhahaha

JB

December 3rd, 2009
2:09 pm

If we would have punted and kicked field goals on every possession, we might have done better and cut out the middleman (Joe Cox). Congrats to all of the Butlers: Drew, Kevin, Rhett, Brett, Jeeves.

steve

December 3rd, 2009
2:10 pm

Saint Simons… crawl back under your rock, please.

Sea Island

December 3rd, 2009
2:11 pm

Saint Simons remember that time at band camp……((((( 30– 24 ))))) hahahahahhahaha

gcs

December 3rd, 2009
2:12 pm

A similar thing is going on in Tuscaloosa. Alabama kicker Leigh Tiffin is the son of legendary Bama kicker and All-American Van Tiffin who kicked a game-winning 52-yard field goal in the 1985 Iron Bowl.

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ugaaccountant

December 3rd, 2009
2:13 pm

Wait, is that the real St. Simons? Did he have amnesia and not notice that we beat Tech already? Does he find it ironic that the All-american punter wasn’t even used once against his team?

Old gold engineer – Butler will be back for several years. He’s a redshirt freshman I believe.

How could Walsh miss?

December 3rd, 2009
2:15 pm

Just like he did from 55 yards, on national TV!?!?!?!?!

Bank Walker, Texas Ranger

December 3rd, 2009
2:21 pm

where is the list

Bank Walker, Texas Ranger

December 3rd, 2009
2:23 pm

BG

December 3rd, 2009
2:23 pm

Congrats Drew! Caleb King just scored on Tech again!

MODAWG

December 3rd, 2009
2:24 pm

St. Simons—you need some counseling

BG

December 3rd, 2009
2:24 pm

How many SEC kickers can make a 55 yard Fg? Better yet how many NFL kickers can? Walsh is the best field goal kicker in the SEC.

Bank Walker, Texas Ranger

December 3rd, 2009
2:26 pm

Spikes eye poke cost him a spot. Why only 2 LB”S though?

NewnanDawg

December 3rd, 2009
2:34 pm

Congrats to Drew!

And Kevin makes for some entertaining radio – one of the funnier pre game hosts we have had in a while.

Go Dawgs!

StingDoc

December 3rd, 2009
2:36 pm

Congrats to Butler. He’s at least one dawgs who can’t go after Nesbitt’s ankle.

Tucker

December 3rd, 2009
2:38 pm

Congrats to Drew and to Derrick Morgan! Job well Done!

Now, can we list the Academic All Americans as well??? Those are the true student athletes.

Alabama Jack

December 3rd, 2009
2:39 pm

Congrats to Butler. Otherwise, UGA is so irrelevant.

Bank Walker, Texas Ranger

December 3rd, 2009
2:40 pm

Kai Forbath, UCLA 26 of 29 89.7% 3 of 6 from 50+ yards 50%
Blair Walsh, UGA 19 or 21 90.5% 4 or 5 from 50+ yards 80%

It’s clear Walsh is the better kicker, especially from long range

I wonder if UGA’s bright idea of directional kicking cost Blair?

kauai dawg

December 3rd, 2009
2:46 pm

Congrats to Drew and to Derrick Morgan! Job well Done!

Seems clear Walsh didn’t have as many kicks/makes etc… as Forbath. Percentage is higher just not as many. Still a great kicker.

Go DAWGS!

C

December 3rd, 2009
2:48 pm

DREW IS THE MVP OF THE DAWGS CONGRATS AND KEEP BOOMING THOSE PUNTS

SUPER DAWG

December 3rd, 2009
2:50 pm

I have never seen a punter improve from one year to the next like he did. Last year his kicks were terrible in warm ups and the few he had in a game.This year, All American. Man that trainer they sent him to over the summer must really be good. Now he just needs to work on his hang time to make it to the next level.

bank walker

December 3rd, 2009
2:57 pm

The state of alabama is so irrelevant.

Dan

December 3rd, 2009
2:59 pm

Well if Saint Simons wants to bring back the past…. 51-7 Nerd!

old gold engineer

December 3rd, 2009
3:01 pm

Thanks ugaaccountant. I never realized what a weapon a punter could be until seeing Brooks. I would guess Butler offers similar advantages to UGA. Maybe we’ll be able to make you guys punt in 2011 so I can see him first hand.

GT A 4TH RATE HIGH SCHOOL TEAM

December 3rd, 2009
3:01 pm

SAINT SIMONS IS A GIRL. SHE SHOUTED BITCHES TO THE DAWGS AS SHE WAS LIVING THE TATE STUDENT CENTER BIG SCREEN THEATER BACK IN 2006 WHEN THE TECHIES LOST IN THE LAST MINUTE CATCH BY MASSAQOUI FROM STAFFORD. SHE WAS CRYING LIKE A BABY IN THE ARMS OF HER DADDY DEAREST BECAUSE THEY WERE LEADING THE WHOLE GAME UNTIL THE LAST FEW MINUTES. SANTA SAYS HOHOHOHOHOHOHOHO

Fletch

December 3rd, 2009
3:02 pm

Congrats Drew!!! We’re lucky to have you getting us out of trouble for the next few years.

Starring Saint Simons Starring as Mister T in the World of Warcraft

December 3rd, 2009
3:06 pm

I am a ninth level Mohawk fool!!!!!

Matt the Brave

December 3rd, 2009
3:11 pm

Dang St. Simond’s, I thought you died after Georgia spanked y’all. Guess it’s hard to realize that you only won twice in 10 years, right? Good luck next year, you’re going to need it!

30-24!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hal Mumme

December 3rd, 2009
3:29 pm

Congratulations Drew

Also Congratulations Coach Johnson on being featured in the new Girls Gone Wild biggest man knockers video and congrats on that new CD released where you use your pen name Susan Boyle

Scoreboard Sucka

ARE YOU STUPID? JUST PUNCH"EM

December 3rd, 2009
3:37 pm

Hal, you are cracking me up.

timthebrave

December 3rd, 2009
3:40 pm

Congratulations Drew, our secret weapon….He may have saved that Arkansas game for us when he flipped the field at the end of the game

1eyedJack

December 3rd, 2009
3:49 pm

Another in a long line of great kickers at UGA. Can anybody remember when we didn’t have decent kickers?

Dawg Days

December 3rd, 2009
3:59 pm

Way to go Drew, great job and well deserved. We may have lost a couple more games if it weren’t for Butlers punts. Isn’t this the same fellow that Richt knocked earlier in the year?(or fall practice). Guess crow taste pretty good.

satilladawg

December 3rd, 2009
4:06 pm

Congrats, Drew! Well deserved honor!

And if that’s the REAL Saint Simons posting again…all I can say is…

)))))))))))))))))))))))))))))) 30-24 ! ((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((

I thought for sure you were shark food after that well-deserved leap off the SSI pier.

Here you go, LOSER…one more for the road…..30-24!

HA, HA, HA, HA, HA, HA, HA, HA, HA, HA !!!!

Doboy Soundawg

December 3rd, 2009
4:13 pm

Hey, Saint Simons….

30-24 !!!!!!!!

All Year Long!

Three cheers for Triple-A Drew! Awesome All American!

VentingDawg

December 3rd, 2009
4:15 pm

AJC Sports Editor – PLEASE get us a UGA beat writer that actually wants to cover the DAWGS! AJC Sports Editor – PLEASE get us a UGA beat writer that actually wants to cover the DAWGS! Someone that gives us frequent updates & blogs not the one every other day we’ve gotten this season!

jbts30228

December 3rd, 2009
4:17 pm

Congrats to Butler and Morgan. Enjoy seeing local kids do well.

mike on lake hartwell

December 3rd, 2009
4:22 pm

maybe we should just punt from the 30yd line
after touchdowns instead of kicking off.

Tubberville for D-Coordinator

December 3rd, 2009
4:29 pm

Well he was given plenty of opportunities for game experience when Cox wasn’t dong his job for him

Florida Dawg

December 3rd, 2009
4:38 pm

I know his dad has to be excited about this award….congrats Drew. You deserve this honor.