Georgia’s Drew Butler wins Ray Guy Award as nation’s top punter

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.

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bsg

December 10th, 2009
8:50 pm

bsg

December 10th, 2009
8:52 pm

this guy went to my high school, rep peachtree ridge drew!!!

DAWG

December 10th, 2009
9:04 pm

Way to go, a great punter and a great family.

BE#3

December 10th, 2009
9:13 pm

Drew was a true class act receiving the award as well. Acknowledged his family, the other finalists, Ray Guy and his entire team. Congrats Drew!

Dawg in Birmingham

December 10th, 2009
9:23 pm

Congrats to Drew, the Bulter family and the UGA special teams. Future looks bright w/ Butler, Walsh and Boykin / Smith playing special teams. Hopefully the rest of the guys can keep up.

GATA and Go DAWGS!!!!

What the Huck!

December 10th, 2009
9:24 pm

That’s great….now he can win it three times in a row and join his dad in the College Football Hall of Fame….and I am sorry I missed the presentation, especially if Ray presented the award. Did they make the ol’ boy talk?

ugabulldog

December 10th, 2009
9:28 pm

why do people think it is so good to be “FIRST” in posting for the blog???? Because you are the most bored and sit around on the computer all day waiting for these to come out????? btw…Congrats Butler!!!

DawgD

December 10th, 2009
9:39 pm

Enter your comments here

DawgDMD

December 10th, 2009
9:44 pm

Hey Drew. I was at the Clemson game in 1984. I was trying to get with a girl named Mona. I wasn’t even in my seats when your Dad did his thing. I did see it though. I was standing in a portal I think it was around 104. Anyways, I spoke to your Daddy after the GT game this year. I told him I was glad I didn’t see you in the game (obviously I did on the extra points, but you get it). Your Dad shook my hand and agreed with me. Congratulations on the award. You, like your Father, are DAMN GOOD DAWGS.

Asheville Dawg

December 10th, 2009
9:44 pm

Great kicker better family!

Hey DawgDMD

December 10th, 2009
10:09 pm

I don’t think Drew will read that, but um, yeah, good story….

Larry

December 10th, 2009
10:20 pm

I would have won this award instead, if only the applied it to your backyard instead of a football field…..and cats instead of footballs.

ghg

December 10th, 2009
10:44 pm

Great job! The bulldog nation is very proud.

Bone

December 10th, 2009
10:47 pm

Larry? As in Larry the Cable Guy??

Man, that was…..so……funny! Are you here all week? :-(

Try the veal!

You can't have my name

December 10th, 2009
10:50 pm

So this is only blogworthy? This was announced two hours ago, and no story. I’m becoming increasingly convinced that the AJC hates UGA.

rebraider

December 10th, 2009
10:56 pm

Why isn’t Ray Guy in the NFL Hall Of Fame? Could it be that he wore the Silver and Black?

Crickdawg

December 10th, 2009
10:56 pm

Taco

December 10th, 2009
11:23 pm

I hate the Dawg fans and they all suck, but I will say this is a darn fine punter. One the best I have ever seen! He is from good stock and true weapon. I can’t wait for him to leave and go pro! Go early and you can skip all the boo’s from the redneck loser fans in Athens! Congrats and I wish you the best in the future.

Fred Football

December 10th, 2009
11:26 pm

okay. it’s time to play the Smartest Bulldog. http://www.smartestbulldog.com

Brian Kelly makes Saban look good

December 10th, 2009
11:30 pm

what a SOB to give the news to your players at their banquet to celebrate your 12 and oh season. Do not care how much the money is, this Cincinnati team gave that coach all they had and this was the thanks they got, abandonment before the Sugar Bowl, what an @sshole.

AP report”The parting was painful.

The team held its annual football banquet at a downtown hotel on Thursday night. As players arrived for what was supposed to be a night of celebration, they were greeted by camera crews and reporters asking about Kelly’s decision to leave Cincinnati for Notre Dame.”

BuLLdawg

December 10th, 2009
11:31 pm

Jeff Sagarin BCS Rankings ranks UGA Number 17.

Sagarin ranks Florida Number 2.

Sagarin ranks Texas Number 5.

Sagarin ranks Iowa Number 15.

Sagarin ranks Penn State Number 32.

Sagarin ranks Arizona Number 12.

Sagarin ranks Nebraska Number 45.

Sagarin ranks Central Michigan Number 18.

Yeah, let’s all quote Jeff Sagarin.

Idiot.

BuLLdawg

December 10th, 2009
11:52 pm

Jeff Sagarin Ratings he does not call his BCS Rankings :

1 Alabama… Virginia Tech 7.

2 Florida… Georgia Tech 9.

10 LSU…… Miami-FL 11.

16 Arkansas. Clemson 21.

22 Ole Miss. North Carolina 30.

25 Auburn… Boston College 39.

26 Tennessee. Florida State 44.

28 UGA…… Weak Forest 59.

34 South Car. Virginia 70.

40 Kentucky. NC State 73.

45 MS State. Duke 78

Jeff Sagarin has so many different rankings/ratings it is quite clear he doesn’t know what he is doing. Just find one you like and blog about it.

The NCAA itself has a Strength of Schedule. It shows Georgia Tech Number 51 SoS in the nation. Duh. Tech played 6 games against teams not even in a bowl game. 6.

BuLLdawg

December 10th, 2009
11:56 pm

1 Alabama… Virginia Tech 7.

2 Florida… Georgia Tech 9.

10 LSU…… Miami-FL 11.

16 Arkansas. Clemson 21.

22 Ole Miss. North Carolina 30.

25 Auburn… Boston College 39.

26 TN vols. Florida State 44.

28 UGA…… Weak Forest 59. No Bowl Game ACC.

34 South Car. Virginia 70. No Bowl Game ACC.

40 Kentucky. NC State 73. No Bowl Game ACC.

45 MS State. Duke 78. Neither Bowl Game. GT played both.

99 Vanderbilt. Maryland 97. Neither Bowl Game. GT played both.

BuLLdawg

December 11th, 2009
12:18 am

Jeff Sagarin ranks Jacksonville State in there with all the BCS Conference.

The NCAA does not rank Jacksonville State in Strength of Schedule with 1-A teams, because it is NOT in the 1-A.

Jacksonville State LOST to Eastern Illinois.

Eastern Illinois LOST to Penn State 3-52, LOST to Eastern Kentucky, LOST to Tennessee State 10-21, and LOST to Southern Illinois 7-48.

And, you come running in here trying to tell me that Jeff Sagarin’s SoS Rankings are valid because Jeff Sagarin tries to rank these 1-AA teams with the 1-AA teams. And, because Jeff Sagarin ranks Virginia Tech HIGHER THAN HE RANKS GEORGIA TECH. And, because Jeff Sagarin ranks Texas Number 5, Iowa Number 15, Penn State 32, Arizona 12, Nebraska 45, Florida Number 2 and Central Michigan Number 18.

Again. Let’s all quote Jeff Sagarin. He obviously knows a lot more about all this than The NCAA itself.

BuLLdawg

December 11th, 2009
12:39 am

Jeff Sagarin ranks Virginia Tech HIGHER than Georgia Tech.

BuLLdawg

December 11th, 2009
12:49 am

If we are going to quote Jeff Sagarin, let’s quote Jeff Sagarin.

You cannot quote 1 of Jeff Sagarin’s B.S. Rankings without quoting the rest of his B.S. Rankings.

BuLLdawg

December 11th, 2009
1:11 am

6 Games by Georgia Tech against teams so BAD, that with 68 teams in Bowl Games, 6 of Georgia Tech “OPPONENTS” are NOT EVEN IN A BOWL GAME (These 6 “OPPONENTS” of Georgia Tech are NOT IN THE TOP 68 TEAMS, NUMBER 69-119, SIX.)

NCAA Official Strength of Schedule.

December 6, 2009.

TOUGHEST SCHEDULE.

Why have a SoS Officially for the NCAA, if instead we quote just 1 ranking of Jeff Sagarin (And, attempt to disregard ALL HIS OTHER Rankings.)

1 Miss St

2 Oklahoma

3 Arkansas

4 Alabama

5 Virginia Tech

6 Arizona

7 Georgia

8 FSU

9 Oregon

10 NC

11 Florida

12 Clemson

13 Baylor

14 Miami – Ohio

15 Minnesota

16 Louisville

17 Iowa

18 Virginia

19 South Carolina

20 Syracuse

21 Miami – Florida

22 Auburn

23 Illinois

24 Oregon State

25 UCON

26 Washington

27 Wisconsin

28 Michigan State

29 West Virginia

30 Oklahoma State

31 TEXAS

32 Pittsburgh

33 Vanderbilt

34 Colorado

35 South Florida

36 Kansas

37 Missouri

38 Arizona State

39 Washington State

40 SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

41 San Jose State

42 Utah State

43 LSU

44 OHIO STATE

45 NOTRE DAME

46 NEBRASKA

47 Memphis

48 UNLV

49 Texas Tech

50 Wyoming

51 GEORGIA TECH

BuLLdawg

December 11th, 2009
1:13 am

BuLLdawg

December 11th, 2009
2:11 am

Tech struggled against everyone.

6 non-bowl teams.

LOST to Miami of Florida who beat no other ranked team.

LOST to Georgia who beat no other ranked team.

Made UGA season.

Made Miami of Florida season.

Losing Record no bowl game Weak Forest beat in OT going 4th down.

Gave up 27 and 34 to Climpson Farmers NOT RANKED ANY POLL.

Gave up 30 to UGA, right up the gut and LOST.

Gave up 27 to Weak Forest NOT EVEN IN BOWL GAME.

Gave up 33 to Miami of Florida and LOST.

Gave up 31 to Misssissippi State NOT EVEN IN BOWL GAME.

Gave up 44 to FSU a 6-6 hack of a football team FIRED COACH.

Gave up 31 to Vandy a 2-10 team NOT EVEN IN A BOWL GAME.

Gave up 27 to Weak Forest NOT EVEN IN A BOWL GAME.

Gave up 17 to 1-AA Jacksonville State NOT EVEN IN A BOWL GAME.

3-9 Virginia FIRED COACH NOT EVEN IN A BOWL GAME.

Patsy Duke NOT EVEN IN A BOWL GAME.

Now, you play Iowa, who beat Penn State and Wisconsin NEITHER OF WHOM BEAT A SINGLE BCS TOP 50 TEAM.

And, excuse the hell of out me, but you LOST to UGA 24-30 when you came in here pre-game and bragged how you would INSTEAD DESTROY UGA.

BuLLdawg

December 11th, 2009
2:14 am

I did not know that a 24 to 30 LOSS is destroying UGA.

Go Jackets

December 11th, 2009
2:35 am

Congrats to Drew Butler, but if Chas Henry got to punt for FLA more often it would be obvious that he is the best punter in the nation.

BuLLdawg

December 11th, 2009
5:23 am

BuLLdawg

December 11th, 2009
5:48 am

Charles Henry’s Freshman year, he averaged only 39 yards a punt.

Charles Henry’s Sophomore year, he averaged only 43 yards a punt.

Charles Henry’s Junior year, he averages only 43 yards a punt.

Charles Henry’s entire college career, he averages only 42 yards a punt.

Drew Butler averages 49 yards a punt, which is 6 yards per punt MORE than Charles Henry’s punts.

6 yards farther.

Tech fans are SUCH LIARS.

You are also HORRIBLE POOR SPORTS, and always have been.

Alabama Jack

December 11th, 2009
6:35 am

In spite of BuLLS&$T, excuse me, BuLLDawg, I want to congratulate young Butler on his award. We learned a couple of years ago the importance of a good punter and it is great to see him get national recognition.

Also, good story on Chance at Yahoo Sports today. Wish that young man well.

As far as BuLLS%#t is concerned, you are suffering from delusions of adequacy.

Do any of you dawgs even think he is not senile, or is he the third St. Simons?.

Hey UGA - stop recruiting kids from Florida

December 11th, 2009
6:57 am

Georgia needs to go back to locking down the kids from the state of Georgia. We have the talent here to win SEC championships and more, why else would so many teams be invading us. Simple, lock down the kids earlier here, not later. Logistically, you can visit and keep up with them. If you win with kids here, and win big consistently, kids from other states will want to come here. Georgia, is only a regional team, even more of a state popular team, so go after kids who know the Georgia name.

The Georgia bus is losing gas, Mark Richt better find a BP soon or he will be out of here in a few years.

Below is a classic example of kids we pursue from other states, I would love to know our closing ratio of in vs out state. We seem to go after the high profile out of state kids, who are being courted by dozens of schools, they go elsewhere before the signing period. Then, Georgia in a last ditch effort tries to reel in in-state kids at the end of the recruiting process. Maybe go after the in-state kids first? JaWaun James, Mack Brown (we did recruit him heavily though), Tailer, Blake Sims etc.

ESPNU 150 cornerback Cody Riggs (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas) has committed to sign with Florida over Georgia and Tennessee, ESPN’s JC Shurburtt reports. Riggs officially visited the Gators, Bulldogs, Vols and Notre Dame Fighting Irish.

Florida State, Ohio State, Miami-FL, Wake Forest, Wisconsin, Rutgers, South Carolina, Ole Miss, Boston College, Duke, Pittsburgh and UConn amongst others also offered the four-star.

Riggs is the 19th commitment for Florida including 11 ESPNU 150 prospects and eight Under Armour All-Americans.

Road Scholar

December 11th, 2009
7:46 am

Congrats to Butler. This has to help make all the hard work feel worthwhile.

BuLlDawg: You know they make a pill for your condition, Chronic diareha of the mouth!

Sautee Dawg

December 11th, 2009
8:04 am

Go Jackets
You should check your stats before posting. Chas of Florida wasn’t even in the top 8 in the SEC this season in punting and his average punt wasnt even in the 40 yard range. 8 SEC punters and who knows how many more outside the SEC had better averages and stats. Chas shouldn’t even been in the three finalists.
Thanks Tim Tucker for the coverage, while Shultz is wasting his keypad covering the Braves and Bradley wasting his covering Mike Vick, Your the only one covering this.
Not only that AJC has a picture of Paul Johnson on the front with something about coach of the year??? Coach of the year don’t let his team get run over by a bunch of Dawgs who lost to a bunch of Cats from Kentucky.
How does it feel to get beat by a team that got beat by Kentucky??
How does it feel (Coach of the year) to give up 301 yards to C. J. Spiller.
How does it feel (Coach of the year) to give up 349 yards to Ealey and King of UGA?

Glad Butler won the punting award, but was not happy with Spiller not being in the hunt for the Heisman, this is a disgrace to the trophy itself.
Spiller 4th most yards in CFB history
Spiller was in the SEC he would have been one of the favorites, but, playing in the ACC hurt his chances.
ACC has no ranked teams and him playing against them kept him out of the running.
Spiller- 18 touchdowns in his career of 55 or more yards. That stat alone should have won something.
Colt Mccoy winning all the hardware from a conference that is very overrated, Alabama will prove that in the coming weeks.
Mccoy will probably win the Heisman which will be a slap in the face to Mark Ingram just like it was a slap in the face of Darren Mcfadden a few years ago when it was given to Tebow.
Anyone notice the Walter Camp team had 7 or 8 SEC players on it? Is that strength of conference or what? No doubt what conference rules college football.

hammerhead

December 11th, 2009
8:28 am

And, we almost didn’t offer him a scholly… ugh.

hammerhead

December 11th, 2009
8:42 am

“Hey UGA – stop recruiting kids from Florida” – Excellent post – that thought has occured to me as well… We seem to be enamored with the Florida kids and have let some outstanding talent leave our own state due to a seeming lack of interest (late offer). I am hopeful that the Gainesville kid (Sims) will flip from Bama to us – he won’t play a down at QB in the SEC, but he is a tremendous athlete and leader. hh

Taco

December 11th, 2009
9:45 am

This BuLLdawg cat is a psycho. Do you have a job? The Jiffy Lube will be open tomorrow. Tech did not play Maryland. Give it a rest. UGA’s strength of schedule was impressive, their performance against it was not. They would have and could have lost 2-3 more games. The were God awful most of the season and played inspired against Tech. Cox was not given the chance to beat the Dawgs. You know the truth. You also held down the penalties against Tech. So take your 30-24 win and crawl back in your skunk hole. Cheer for your team and come back next year and play some football. Maybe the Dawgs should consider getting a weaker schedule or joining another conference to be relavent again? Just a thought, Florida has become your “Daddy!” Playing for second every year in your subdivision sucks. Maybe you could join the Southern Conf?

Ray Goof

December 11th, 2009
11:15 am

BuLLdawg ….you lost all credibility when you listed the GT/GA score as 24-30….anything yuo said after that carried no weight

Zeus

December 11th, 2009
11:30 am

Hey Taco,

Why would we join the Southern Conference when we could just join the ACC?

Heck, we already saw that 3rd and 4th in the SEC east is better than 1st and 2nd in the whole ACC.

And another random thought… What’s Reggie Ball up to?

red helmets

December 11th, 2009
11:34 am

Congrats Butler on Award.

SECFactCheck.com

December 11th, 2009
11:39 am

GA Tech fan here.

Congrats to Drew Butler on his award. Great young man and fine family, a credit to UGA, the State of GA, and NCAA Football.

StingDoc

December 11th, 2009
12:28 pm

For BuLLdawg & others knocking the ACC & Ga. Tech:

Va. Tech led #1 Alabama at the half & until the last 13 mins. of the game. The Hokies did not even play for the ACC Chamionship.

The SEC & ACC each have 3 teams in the Top 15.

A dawg crowing about his 7-5 team, one of the nation’s most penalized, barely beating its rival by playing dirty football & deliberately injuring its star QB is beneath contempt. This dirty team & its trashy fans deserve each other.

Stat Man

December 11th, 2009
12:44 pm

Now for the “rest of the story”

How many of you know that the only scholarship offer Drew originally got was from Duke?

As in UGA was not impressed enough to give him one at the start (nice talent scouting there Mr. Richt). Fortunately the kid had enough confidence in himself to walk on and later earn the scholarship.

Kudo’s Drew!

Congrats Drew

December 11th, 2009
1:20 pm

I know kickers in football are not really considered “football” players by most of the other position guys, but they possess a tremendous and important skill that can make or break any game. Good job Drew and keep up the good work!!! I only hope we see less of you next year if you know what I mean!!!!!

re: Stat Man

December 11th, 2009
1:23 pm

I am very concerned about UGA’s recruiting and recon on these young men. Obviously too much stock is put into recruiting rankings and their websites, since very few seldom pan out to live up to their billing or star rating. I think the talent scouts at UGA is a more pressing matter than a D coordinator.

Robbie

December 11th, 2009
1:23 pm

Good job son! Great work effort! All those extra kicks this season because of offense paid off! Great award!

reservoirDAWG

December 11th, 2009
1:53 pm

StingDoc, we didn’t intentionally hurt your “star” quarterback. Enough with the excuses.