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Rodney Mauricio

Punter gets national scholar-athlete award

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Senior punter Drew Butler is one of 16 recipients nationwide of the National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete Award and a finalist for the 2011 William V. Campbell Trophy, which recognizes an individual as the best scholar-athlete in the nation.

The NFF award comes with an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship. Butler is the only player from the Southeastern Conference to receive the award and the sole special teams player honored this year. The Bulldogs have now had 12 players in school history earn this honor.

From Duluth, Ga., Butler is a four-time SEC Academic Honor Roll honoree and has qualified for the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll every semester during his college career, as well as the President’s List, the Dean’s List and the Academic Round Table. He also claimed a Ramsey Academic Scholarship and a HOPE Scholarship.

The NFF’s National Scholar-Athlete program, launched in 1959, is the first initiative in history to award scholar-athletes postgraduate scholarships for their combined athletic, academic and leadership abilities. The William V. Campbell award comes with a 25-pound bronze trophy and a $25,000 post-graduate scholarship. The winner from among the 16 NFF recipients will be announced during an awards ceremony this month.