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Friday, March 12, 2010

Drew Butler One on One Punting

Last week for four days I had Kevin Butler and his son, Drew in Scottsdale, Arizona for some One on One Punting Lessons.
Many years ago when Kevin Butler was the kicker for the Chicago Bears, I was hired by Head Coach Mike Ditka as a Kicking Consultant to coach both Kevin Butler and punter Chris Gardocki.
So, Kevin and I have known each other for a long time.
Last year in March, Kevin brought his son Drew to Scottsdale for some One on One Punting Lessons because Drew was competing for the starting punting job at the University of Georgia with a couple of other punters.
Drew's goal was to be the starter and his father knew I could take his punting skills to the next level.
Drew not only had a couple of One on One Lessons but also attended my Pro Development Camp during the summer at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota.
After just working with Drew for a couple of lessons and seeing the improvement he made and the potential he had as a sophomore I said, "If you focus on everything I'm teaching you and get fundamentally sound you will be playing in three years on Sundays.
He looked at me with a surprise look on his face and said, "You really think so."
Last year as a red shirt sophomore at the University of Georgia, Drew Butler had a remarkable season and averaged 48.8 yards. He not only lead the nation in gross and net punting but went on to win the prestigious 'Ray Guy Award'.

Drew Butler Wins Prestigious 'Ray Guy Award'

Kevin as a former NFL kicker knows how hard it is to make it to the NFL. That is why he brought his son back for additional One on One Lessons. Kevin and Drew both agree there is always room for improvement.

Also, during this time Kevin's former teammate from the Arizona Cardinals and good friend, Jeff Feagles and his son where in Scottsdale also for some One on One Punting Lessons.

Each day Drew worked on fundamentals. We work my Drop Progression and Power Zone Goal Post Drills.

After completing three days of drills and video review, Drew was starting to look more and more like Ray Guy with his follow through.

For Drew and any young punter or kicker the key to success is solid fundamentals and hard work. You can work hard but if you don't have the correct fundamentals your challenging yourself in reaching your potential goal . Drew is working smarter and his punting technique is getting smoother.

Click below and listen to Kevin Butler talk about Drew's One on One Punting Lessons and training with Coach Zauner.

Once again it was a pleasure seeing and working with Kevin and Drew.

On a side note, Drew and I tied scores once again on the golf course so my record is still perfect. No one has beat me yet in match play and I hope to keep my record in tack.

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