Academic All-ACC is the PAT on Harrison Butker's superb freshman year
Georgia Tech vs. Duke in Durham, N.C., Saturday Nov. 10, 2007. (AP Photos)
*2007 First-team ALL-ACC
*2007 Honorable Mention All-America (SI.com)
*2007 ACC Specialist of the Week (Sept. 4)
*2004 Second-team All-ACC
*2004 First-team Freshman All-America
*2006 and 2007 Lou Groza Award Semifinalist
*2004-06 ACC All-Academic team
In The Record Books
*1st in Tech history for season field goals (23)
*1st in Tech history for career field goals (61)
*1st in Tech history for career field goal percentage (.726)
*1st in Tech history for season points scored by kicking (106)
*1st in Tech history for season field goal percentage (.882 in 2004)
*2nd in Tech history for season points scored (106)
*2nd in Tech history for career points scored (321)
*2nd in Tech history for career points scored by kicking (321)
*2nd in Tech history for career PATs (138)
*3rd in Tech history for season field goal percentage (.821)
*3rd in Tech history for season PATs (43 in 2006)
*5th in ACC history for season field goals (23)
*5th in Tech history for season field goals (15 in 2004)
*7th in ACC history for career points scored (321)
*8th in Tech history for season points scored by kicking (76 in 2004)
*8th in Tech history for season PATs (37)
AT TECH: One of the top kickers in college football and one of the top specialists in Georgia Tech history... a 2007 semifinalist for the Lou Groza Award... a first team All-ACC selection in 2007 after a record-breaking senior year... a three-time Academic All-ACC selection... a four-year starter... scored at least one point in 51 consecutive games, tying for the longest active streak nationally... came one point short of tying Georgia Tech's all-time career scoring record... leaves his name atop the Yellow Jacket record books for field goals made in a season and a career, as wellas career field goal percentage and single-season field goal percentage.... made all 138 career PAT attempts.
2007:Ranked second in the ACC and ninth nationally in field goals made per game (1.77)... ranks third in the ACC and 41st nationally in scoring (106 points)... 37-of-37 on PATs... made 82.1 percent (23-of-28) field goal attempts... made 11 consecutive field goals from Sept. 1 through Oct. 6... was 22-of-25 from less than 50 yards... was a remarkable 7-of-8 when kicking between 40- and 49-yard field goals.... kicked four field goals in the season opener at Notre Dame (Sept. 1)... made all three attempts, including a career-long 51-yarder, at Virginia (Sept. 22)... scored seven of Tech's 13 points, including field goals of 48 and 41 yards, in a 13-3 win over Clemson (Sept. 29)... booted field goals of 44 and 45 yards vs. Army (Oct. 20)... kicked the game-winning field goal with less than a minute remaining in 27-25 victory vs. North Carolina (Sept. 17)... made all four PATs in the Humanitarian Bowl, but did not attempt a field goal.
2006: Earned Academic All-ACC honors for the third straight year . . . Tech's second-leading scorer with 79 points . . . Hit 12-of-18 field goals and 43-of-43 extra points . . . Had made eight straight field goals, his longest streak since his school-record 15 in a row as a freshman, before missing from 54 yards against West Virginia in the Toyota Gator Bowl . . . Had perhaps the best game of his career in Tech's win over Miami . . . Booted field goals of 39, 38 and 39 yards, all in crucial situations, and was named a Lou Groza Award Star of the Week . . . His third field goal tied the game at 16-all in the fourth quarter . . . Season-long 47-yard field goal against Virginia . . . Ranked 10th in the ACC in scoring.
2005: Began the season by making his first five field goals, but struggled after that, missing six straight, then making four in row before missing his last four . . . Hit 11-for-21 on the season . . . Tech's leading scorer with 60 points . . . Perfect on extra points (27-for-27) . . . Named to the Academic All-ACC football team for the second straight year.
Booted three field goals in Tech's season-opening win at 15th-ranked Auburn, including a 28-yarder with 1:32 left to essentially seal the victory . . . Added two more field goals against North Carolina . . . Had seven kickoffs, primarily "sky" kicks.
After making his first five field goals of the season, he missed from 43 vs. Connecticut, from 35 (blocked) and 43 yards vs. Virginia Tech, and then from 27 and 24 yards in a three-point loss to NC State. He did not have a field goal try against Duke, then missed a 47-yarder against Clemson before connecting from 33 yards on the final play of the first half, points that proved pivotal in Tech's 10-9 win . . . Seemed to get back on track with three 40-plus field goals against Wake Forest, including a 47-yarder . . . Then hit a career-long 48-yard field goal against Virginia, before missing four straight from 44, 42, 44 and 47 yards . . . Finished the season by making a 29-yarder against Utah . . . Named to the ACC All-Academic team for the second straight year.
2004: Earned second-team all-Atlantic Coast Conference honors . . . Named one of 20 semifinalists for the 2004 Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award . . . First-team Freshman All-America by Rivals.com and the Football Writers' Association of America . . . Named to the ACC All-Academic football team . . . Missed his first field goal attempt of the season from 46 yards and then made a school-record 15 in a row before missing a 48-yard attempt in the Champs Sports Bowl . . . Shattered the previous Tech record of 10 in a row by Luke Manget (2002) . . . Hit 15-of-17 field goals on the season and was perfect on extra points (31-for-31) . . . Set a new Tech record for field goal percentage in a season with an accuracy rate of .882 . . . Tied for fifth in the nation in field goal percentage, trailing Todd Pegram of Texas A&M (.923, 12-13), Andrew Wellock of Eastern Michigan (.913, 21-23), Mike Nugent of Ohio State (.889, 24-27) and Tyler Jones of Boise State (.889, 24-27); tied with Colby Smith of Middle Tenneseee State (.882, 15-17) . . . Booted a career-longest 47-yard field goal against Duke . . . Tech's leading scorer with 76 points . . . His 15 field goals rank fourth on Tech's season list (record is 19 by Luke Manget, 2001, and Scott Sisson, 1992) . . . Ranked fifth in the ACC and 31st in the nation in field goals per game (1.25) . . . Eighth in the ACC in scoring.
HIGH SCHOOL: First-team all-state punter in Class AAAAA by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution . . . Also earned all-county honors as both punter and placekicker . . . Hit 8-of-11 field goals and 26-of-28 extra points as a senior while averaging 42 yards per punt . . . Three-year letterman for coach Tim McFarlin at Roswell High . . . Also a four-year letterwinner in soccer, earning all-county and all-region honors as a goalie.
PERSONAL: Full name is Travis Ausburn Bell . . . Son of Bill Bell and Beverly Turner . . . Born December 16, 1984 . . . Dean's List student majoring in management . . . . Named to 2003-04 and 2004-05 ACC Academic Honor Roll and the 2004, 2005 and 2006 ACC All-Academic football team.