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Drew Butler

Drew Butler
No. 2     Arizona Cardinals
Punter
Personal information
Date of birth: (1989-05-10) May 10, 1989
Place of birth: Duluth, Georgia
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) Weight: 217 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High school: Suwanee (GA) Peachtree Ridge
Georgia
Undrafted in 2012
Debuted in 2012 for the Pittsburgh Steelers
Career history
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 9, 2014
Punts 110
Average punt 43.5
Punt yards 4.782
Longest punt 79
Inside 20 40
Stats at NFL.com

Drew Butler (born May 10, 1989) is an All-American punter. The Pittsburgh Steelers signed him as an undrafted free agent following the 2012 NFL Draft.

Early years

Butler was born in [3] Scout.com rated him as the No. 9 punter recruit in the nation. He also played Peachtree Ridge Lions golf team,[1] while maintaining a 3.9 grade point average.[2]

College career

Butler attended the 2009 NCAA Division I FBS football season.[4] He was selected as the first-team All-Southeastern Conference (SEC) punter,[5][6] and a unanimous first-team All-American, and he was the winner of the Ray Guy Award recognizing him as the best college punter in the nation.[7][8]

In 2010, Butler was selected as the second-team All-SEC punter by the coaches.[9] He was a first-team All-American selection by Pro Football Weekly, a second-team choice by the Associated Press and CBS Sports, as well as an honorable mention selection by Sports Illustrated.[10][11][12][13] He was a 2010 first-team Academic All-America selection.[14]

On December 6, 2011, he was honored as a National Football Foundation (NFF) Scholar-Athlete Award recipient.[15] He was also honored on that same day when he earned honorable mention All-SEC recognition by the Associated Press.[16] On December 8, he repeated in 2011 as a first team Academic All-America selection.[17]

Professional career

Pittsburgh Steelers

On April 28, 2012, following the 2012 NFL Draft, Butler was one of 12 undrafted free agent rookies signed by the Pittsburgh Steelers.[18] He beat out the Steelers' incumbent starter Jeremy Kapinos and made the 53-man roster for the 2012 NFL season.[19] During the 2012 season, Butler punted 77 times, and averaged 43.8 yards.[20] For the 2013 NFL season he beat Brian Moorman in preseason to make the 53-man roster,[21] but he was cut to make room for newly acquired Zoltan Mesko before the first week of play.[22]

Chicago Bears

On December 31, 2013, Butler was signed to a future/reserve contract by the Chicago Bears.[23] On May 18, Butler was released.[24]

Detroit Lions

On July 25, 2014, Butler was signed by the Detroit Lions.[25] The Lions released Butler on August 25, 2014.[26]

Arizona Cardinals

Because of an injury to their regular punter, Dave Zastudil, the Cardinals signed Butler on September 8, 2014.[27] Butler made his debut for the Cardinals later that same day in their 2014 season opener against the San Diego Chargers on ESPN's Monday Night Football.[28] He was released on September 16, 2014.[29] He was re-signed by the Cardinals on September 19, 2014 despite the blocked punts that he had for the team that season. Neither was attributed to the punter.[30] On October 6, 2014, he became the starting punter after Dave Zastudil was placed on season-ending injured reserve.[31]

References

  1. ^ a b c Tucker, Tim (2009-08-15). "UGA punter Butler could make name for himself".  
  2. ^ a b "Lion Legacy: Drew Butler". prhsfootball.com. Retrieved 2014-09-28. 
  3. ^ "Georgia High School Football Historian's Association 2006 All-State Teams Class AAAAA". Retrieved 2014-09-28. 
  4. ^ "Bowl Subdivision (FBS) National Player Report: Punting".  
  5. ^ "Seven Bulldogs Named To Coaches? All-SEC Team". GeorgiaDogs.com.  
  6. ^ "Seven Georgia Players Earn AP All-SEC Recognition". GeorgiaDogs.com.  
  7. ^ "NCAA Football Award Winners" (pdf). National Collegiate Athletic Association. 2011. p. 12. Retrieved 2014-10-20. 
  8. ^ "Georgia's Drew Butler Wins Ray Guy Award As Nation's Top Punter". GeorgiaDogs.com.  
  9. ^ "Six Bulldogs Named To All-SEC Coaches Teams". GeorgiaDogs.com.  
  10. ^ Miller, Ted (2010-12-21). All-Americans' in terms of NFL potential"'".  
  11. ^ "AP All-America Team, List".  
  12. ^ "CBSSports.com 2010 College Football All-America Team".  
  13. ^ "SI.com's 2010 All-Americas".  
  14. ^ "Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy, Minnesota Duluth running back Isaac Odim lead ESPN Academic All-America Football Teams".  
  15. ^ "Butler Recognized At NFF Banquet". GeorgiaDogs.com.  
  16. ^ "Bulldogs Spread Throughout AP All-SEC Teams". GeorgiaDogs.com.  
  17. ^ "Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck headlines the 2011 Capital One Academic All-America Division I Football Team".  
  18. ^ "By the Tribune-Review".  
  19. ^ Brigidi, Matt (2012-08-30). "Steelers Roster: Drew Butler Could Win Spot". sbnation.com. Retrieved 2014-09-21. 
  20. ^ Mayer, Larry (2014-03-24). "Butler excited to see son with Bears".  
  21. ^ Brown, Scott (2014-08-30). "Brad Wing hoping to stick with Steelers". ESPN. Retrieved 2014-09-21. 
  22. ^ "Steelers Sign P Zoltan Mesko; Make Roster Moves".  
  23. ^ "Bears Sign Kevin Butler’s Son To Reserve/Future Contract".  
  24. ^ Wright, Michael C. (2014-05-18). "Sources: Butler informed of release".  
  25. ^ "Detroit Lions sign P Drew Butler, release S Gabe Lynn".  
  26. ^ Twentyman, Tim (2014-08-25). "Lions continue roster trim".  
  27. ^ Wilkening, Mike (2014-09-08). "Cardinals sign P Drew Butler".  
  28. ^ "San Diego Chargers vs. Arizona Cardinals: Recap".  
  29. ^ "Arizona Cardinals sign Victor Butler; release Marcus Benard and Drew Butler". ArizonaSports.com. Bonneville International. 2014-09-16. Retrieved 2014-09-18. 
  30. ^ "Season over for key Cardinals defender Abraham".  
  31. ^ Gantt, Darin (2014-10-07). "Cardinals make moves, bring in QB Dennis Dixon". Pro Football Talk. Retrieved 2014-10-07. 

External links

  • Stats at ESPN
  • Stats at NCAA
  • Georgia Bulldogs profile
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