Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Green, Butler Named To Playboy Preseason All-America Team

FOOTBALL

Juniors A.J. Green and Drew Butler have both been selected to the 2010 Playboy Preseason All-America Team.

Green and Butler had already been named to the 2010 Phil Steele and Lindy’s preseason All-America teams.

Following the 2009 season, Butler was named a First Team All-American by Walter Camp, American Football Coaches Association (AFCA), Football Writers Association of American (FWAA) and Sporting News.

Green, a flanker from Summerville, S.C., was a semifinalist for last year’s Biletnikoff Award after earning All-Southeastern Conference First Team honors.

In just 10 games in 2009, Green hauled in a team-leading 53 catches for 808 yards and six touchdowns. He ranked second in the league in both receptions per game (5.3) and receiving yards per game (80.8). Green also blocked a field goal against Arizona State last season to help clinch the Dawgs’ win.

Butler, a punter from Duluth, won the 2009 Ray Guy Award for being the nation’s top punter.

The consensus First Team All-American posted a national-best 48.1 yards per punt average, becoming only the third Dawg in school history to lead the NCAA in punting. In just his first season as a starter, Butler had 24 punts of 50 yards or more, including a career-long 75 yarder versus #9 Oklahoma State.

Knowshon Moreno was the last Dawg to be named to the Playboy team in 2008.

Sixteen other Dawgs have also been named to the team over the years including: Jon Stinchcomb (2002), Richard Seymour (2000), Matt Stinchcomb (1998), Eric Zeier (1994), Bernard Williams (1993), Jimmy Payne (1982), Terry Hoage (1983), Herschel Walker (1981-82), Rex Robinson (1979-80), Bill Krug (1977), Joel Parrish (1976, Royce Smith (1971), Jake Scott (1968), Bill Stanfill (1968), Lynn Hughes (1966) and Edgar Chandler (1966).

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