Athens, GA - University of Georgia junior Drew Butler has been named an ESPN Academic All-American as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Butler, a 6-2, 207-pound punter from Duluth, Ga., becomes just the seventh Bulldog in school history to be named both an All-American and an Academic All-American during their Georgia career. He is the first one to accomplish this feat since offensive lineman Jon Stinchcomb in 2002.
Butler carries a 3.58 grade point average (GPA) in Telecommunication Arts. This season, he is averaging 45.0 yards on 43 punts as the Bulldogs rank third nationally in Net Punting. Last year, Butler was a consensus All-American and the Ray Guy Award winner as the nation’s top punter. He is one of the finalists for the 2010 Ray Guy Award too. Butler owns a career punting average of 46.4 which is on pace to be a school record.
Bulter joins an exclusive Bulldog club of All-Americans who have been honored for their performance on the field and in the classroom. They are: Frank Tarkenton, QB (1960), Lynn Hughes, S (1966), Bill Stanfill, DT (1968), Terry Hoage, ROV (1982 & 1983), Matt Stinchcomb, OT (1997 & 1998) and Jon Stinchcomb, OT (2002).
The 25 members of the 2010 ESPN Academic All-American first team have an average GPA of 3.79. To be eligible for the ESPN Academic All-America football team, a student-athlete must be named to the ESPN Academic All-District team, carry a cumulative GPA of at least 3.3 on a 4.0 scale and be either a starter or a key reserve on his team. The country is divided into eight districts and those winners are then on a national ballot.