Athens, GA - For the second season in a row, Georgia junior Drew Butler has been named one of 10 semifinalists for the Ray Guy Award, which is given annually to the nation’s top punter.
Butler, a 6-2, 203-pound native of Duluth, won the 2009 Ray Guy Award after averaging a national-best 48.1 yards per punt to become a consensus All-American.
Butler has continued his stellar play into his junior season. He is second in the SEC with a 45.2 average on 41 punts, including 14 that have traveled longer than 50 yards. Dropping 17 of those punts within the 20-yard line, Butler has put Georgia at the No. 4 spot in the nation in net punting with an average of 41.1.
In addition to being the holder for Lou Groza Award semifinalist Blair Walsh the last two seasons, Butler is on pace to become the school’s all-time leader in punting average for a career with a mark of 46.5. The current school record holder (Chip Andrews, 1983-84) posted an average of 43.2 during his career.
Butler is one of three players who were also named semifinalists in 2009. Florida senior Chas Henry and Iowa senior Ryan Donahue were also on both lists. Butler and Henry are the only two Southeastern Conference players who are semifinalists.
A national body of Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) sports information directors, coaches, media representatives and previous Ray Guy Award winners will vote for the three finalists, to be announced on November 22.
After the finalists are named, the voting body will cast ballots again to select the winner. The winner will be announced live during the Home Depot College Football Awards Show airing on ESPN on December 10.
The Bulldogs travel to face No. 2 Auburn on Saturday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. ET. The game will be televised by CBS.