Georgia’s Drew Butler Thursday night was named winner of the Ray Guy Award as college football’s top punter.
The award, presented at the nationally televised College Football Awards Show in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., capped a remarkable first season as Georgia’s punter for Butler, the son of former UGA All-America placekicker Kevin Butler.
Drew Butler, from Duluth, leads the nation this season with an average of 48.8 yards on 50 punts, including 24 of 50-plus yards and 17 placed inside the 20-yard line.
“My mom’s birthday was yesterday, so this should be a pretty good birthday present for her,” Butler said as he received the Guy Award, which was presented by Guy himself. Guy was an All-American at Southern Mississippi and a seven-time NFL Pro Bowl punter with the Oakland Raiders.
Crediting Georgia’s entire punt team, Butler said “this is far from an individual honor.”
His sports of choice had been soccer and golf until he decided to go out for his high school football team in 10th grade. Georgia signed him after he made All-State as a senior at Gwinnett County’s Peachtree Ridge in 2006.
He had punted only three times in games for Georgia before this season; he’s a redshirt sophomore who has two years of eligibility remaining.
Earlier Thursday, Butler was named to the Walter Camp All-America first team. Last week he was named to the American Football Coaches’ All-America first team.
Georgia placekicker Blair Walsh also was a finalist for an award at Thursday night’s awards show. But the Lou Groza Award as the nation’s top placekicker went instead to UCLA’s Kai Forbath.