"He's been working," Richt said. "But it's different being in a non-contact jersey and playing football."
Durham ranks third in the SEC in receiving yards (324) and eighth in catches (17).
He missed all of 2009 with a shoulder injury. Healthy this season, he became the main receiver for the Bulldogs in the absence of the suspended A.J. Green.
‘The ball flies'
Butler visited the Denver Broncos practice facility in May, and got a few kicks in while he was there.
"I think on any given kick probably three-to-five yards, and a couple tenths of a second of hangtime," Butler said. "But nothing too drastic. So it'll be good."
Butler said he was visiting a friend who father is Ed Donatell, the Broncos' secondary coach.
Mentor and protégé meet up
Richt visited briefly with former Florida State coach Bobby Bowden on Tuesday night at the Athens Touchdown Club. Bowden was in town to speak to the club and promote his new book.
"He wrote me a nice little note, and that was good," Richt said. "It was great to see him. He looks really good. Eighty-years-old and looks awesome. I wish could've stayed to hear what he had to say."
Tanner Strickland and Chris Davis are likely to compete for playing time at right guard, Richt said on Wednesday. The coach also thinks that Clint Boling, who has shifted over from left tackle for some series, will not play much right guard.
Davis, a senior, began the year as the starter, but was benched for the third game, against Arkansas. Richt said Davis was dealing with nagging injuries.
"He's feeling a lot better. That time off really helped him," Richt said.