LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Georgia’s Drew Butler won the Ray Guy Award as the nation’s best punter.
Butler accepted the honor at the annual college football awards at Disney World on Thursday night. He beat out fellow nominees Zoltan Mesko of Michigan and Chas Henry of Florida.
Butler averaged 48.8 yards this season. He also had 17 punts downed inside the 20.
Butler’s biggest punt this season came against Oklahoma State, booming a 75-yarder in a losing effort. He also punted a career-high seven times against LSU.
Texas quarterback Colt McCoy capped a big Thursday night for the Big 12 Conference, winning the Maxwell Award honoring the nation’s best all-around player.
It was just the latest in a series of postseason honors for McCoy, who also is a finalist for the Heisman Trophy. He won the Walter Camp Football Foundation’s player of the year award for the second consecutive season earlier in the day.
Before he beat out fellow Heisman finalists Mark Ingram of Alabama and Tim Tebow of Florida for the Maxwell, he picked up the Davey O’Brien Award, given to the nation’s best quarterback.
But that was only the beginning of honors for the Big 12.
Nebraska’s Ndamukong Suh, also a Heisman finalist, won the Chuck Bednarik Award as the nation’s best defensive player, and took home the Outland Trophy for the best interior lineman. He previously won the Lombardi Award as the nation’s top lineman and Bronko Nagurski Trophy as the nation’s top defensive player.
The powerhouse defensive lineman put together his best performance of the year against No. 2 Texas in the Big 12 title game. He matched his career high with 12 tackles and had 4 1/2 sacks as the Cornhuskers nearly upset the Longhorns, who won 13-12 on a field goal as time expired.
Suh has led the Huskers in tackles two years in a row, with 50 of his 82 this season unassisted. He finished with 12 sacks this season.
Cincinnati’s Brian Kelly won the Coach of the Year award on the same day he told his team he was leaving for Notre Dame.