ATHENS — Four members of the University of Georgia football team have been named to the 2010 Blue Ribbon Yearbook Preseason All-SEC Team. Junior receiver A.J. Green and senior tackle Clint Boling were among the offensive selections while junior kicker Blair Walsh and junior punter Drew Butler were named All-SEC specialists.
Georgia is one of two teams with at least four players honored by the preseason publication; Alabama has six players represented on the all-conference team.
Green was a semifinalist for last year’s Biletnikoff Award after earning All-SEC 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).
Boling started all 13 games for the Bulldogs in 2009 and was named All-SEC by the Associated Press, Sporting News and Phil Steele. He earned SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week honors after helping the Bulldogs tally 41 points in the win against South Carolina.
Walsh was one of three finalists for the 2009 Lou Groza Award given to the nation’s top placekicker. Highlighted by a 37-yard game winner against Arizona State, Walsh drilled 20 of 22 field goal attempts (90.9 percent, No. 2 in school history for field goal accuracy in a single season) in 2009. He connected on 11 of 12 kicks from 40 yards or longer and had a career-long field goal of 53 yards against Oklahoma State. Walsh is also 92-for-92 in PATs for his career.
Butler was awarded the 2009 Ray Guy Award as 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 Bulldog 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.