Butler, a 6-2, 203-pound sophomore native of Duluth, Ga., is leading the nation in punting with a 48.8 average on 50 punts. He is one of three finalists for the Ray Guy Award, which is presented annually to college football’s top punter. Butler and the Bulldogs also lead the NCAA in Net Punting at 42.8.
Butler is on pace to become only the third Bulldog in school history to lead the NCAA in punting (Zeke Bratkowski, 42.6 in 1953; Bobby Walden, 45.3 in 1958). He is also on target to break the school’s single season punting average record. The current mark is 45.4 by Chip Andrews in 1984 while the SEC mark is within reach at 48.2 (Ricky Anderson, Vanderbilt in 1984). This season, Butler has boomed 24 punts of 50+ yards and placed 17 inside the 20-yard line.
Butler is the first Bulldog punter to be named an All-American in the modern era. Georgia has had a handful of players who earned All-America recognition at their primary position and were skillful punters too. These Bulldog All-Americans include end Chick Shiver (1927) offensive backs Bill Hartman (1937), Frank Sinkwich (1941-42), Charley Trippi (1946) and quarterback Zeke Bratkowski (1952). Butler’s father, Kevin, was an All-American place-kicker in 1983 and 1984 for the Bulldogs and was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 2001.