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Drew Butler

School

Georgia

Position
Punter
Major
Telecommunications

Classroom

Butler graduated Cum Laude from Georgia with a degree in Telecommunications and is now a graduate student in the Sport Management Master’s program. He was named to the 2010 ESPN Academic All-America team, making him just the seventh Bulldog in school history to be named both an athletic and an academic All-American during their Georgia career. In addition, Butler was named to UGA’s Team of the Decade for his performance on the field and in the classroom. He was also named first-team ESPN Academic All-District III earlier in his career. Butler has been on the SEC Academic Honor Roll every year since his career started in 2008.  He was the recipient of Ramsey Academic Scholarship and earned Athletic Director’s Honor Roll distinction for the 2010 spring and summer semesters.

Character

Butler has worked with Countdown to Kickoff, which is a charity benefiting Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and other medical organizations that help children in the Atlanta area. This organization was set up by former Bulldog All-American brothers, Jon and Matt Stinchcomb, and Butler has been a volunteer, along with many of his teammates, with the organization since he began at UGA. Butler has also carried on the respectable legacy on campus of former Bulldog All-American place kicker and College Football Hall of Fame member Kevin Butler, who is Drew’s father.

Community

Butler competes and volunteers at the annual Bulldogs Battling Breast Cancer golf tournament, which raises money for those battling the disease in the Athens area and beyond. He has also spent time volunteering at the Boys & Girls Club in Athens. Butler makes regular trips to Camp Sunshine to work and visit with children stricken with terminal cancer. In addition, he volunteers for Habitat for Humanity and reads at Athens-area elementary schools. Butler also volunteers for a local service group called Camp Kudzu.

Competition

In 2010 Butler was one of three finalists for the Ray Guy Award, which is given to the nation’s top punter. He won the award in 2009. Last year he was also on the AP and Phil Steeleā€™s All-America second team and selected to the Pro Football Weekly All-America team. Butler was named to the 2010 All-SEC second team by SEC coaches, Phil Steele and Rivals.com and was selected as a team captain for special teams. As a sophomore, Butler was selected as a first-team All-American by several organizations, including the AP, the American Football Coaches Association and the Football Writers Association of America. He has posted a career punting average of 46.4 yards, which is on pace to set a school record.