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Drew Butler Q&A
A special teams captain who won the coaches' leadership award, Butler averaged 44.2 yards last season.
In the Southeastern Conference championship game against LSU, Butler averaged 51.6 yards on a career-high eight punts.
He finished his career with a 45.2 average per punt.
We caught up with Butler for the following Q&A:
Scout: How did Senior Bowl week go for you?
Butler: "I think I had a great week. It was a great opportunity to work with an NFL staff and Redskins special teams coordinator Danny Smith. He's a great guy. He showed me what it was like in the National Football League. I was able to see how they practice. I think it was a really really cool practice atmosphere.
"Coach Smith limited our reps to see how we can focus. I kicked only 50 or 60 balls all week. I'm extremely pleased with how I practiced. I showed I'm a consistent punter and that I can perform at an NFL level. I took advantage of it from a timing standpoint."
Scout: How did the interviews go?
Butler: "I met with quite a few teams, some teams that are interested in drafting a punter. It was a great week to show that I'm a draftable punter and a guy they can count on for years to come. I was able to explain how I can help their teams. It was awesome."
Scout: What did you learn from your father?
Butler: "Definitely getting to this level, my dad has been a tremendous help to me. It's an advantage I've relished. He's been my best friend and coach for quite a long time. He helped me thrive through college.
"I've done eveything to get to this situation. It's matter of me from a mental standpoint knowing how to handle certain situations, what teams are looking for, how coaches think and act. It is awesome to get some information from him. He's been nothing but helpful. I've been blessed and thankful."
Scout: How many teams did you meet with?
Butler: I think it was about 12 to 15 teams. I did talk to the Ravens. I talked with some teams that might be looking for punters, the Jacksonville Jagurs, Houston Texans and the Clevealnd Browns."
Scout: Where have you been training?
Butler: I've been working out in Arizona with Gary Zauner. He's helped me out a lot. He got me ready for the Senior Bowl and has been a huge asset to me. I'm thankful for Deryk Gilmore and Priority Sports for everything. I'll be in Phoenix until the combine and then I've got my Pro Day on March 5."
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