November 26, 2016 Athens - Georgia Tech place kicker Harrison Butker (87) and other players celebrate their 28-27 win over Georgia with a piece of the Sanford Stadium hedges at Sanford Stadium on Saturday, November 26, 2016. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM

Luke Manget ready to cede Tech scoring record to Harrison Butker

With clutch field goals, mortar-shot kickoffs and an affable manner, Georgia Tech kicker Harrison Butker has won no shortage of fans with his successful four-year run with the Yellow Jackets. That legion includes a doctoral candidate at the University of Georgia named Luke Manget.

Fate and strong right legs have brought the two men into the TaxSlayer Bowl tied for Tech’s career scoring record at 322 points.

“First of all, Harrison’s been a tremendous kicker for us,” Manget said. “I’ve really enjoyed watching him play — a real strong leg, dependable, clutch guy. Of course, after 2014, that was 53 yards in the final seconds (against Georgia) — that kick alone earned all of the prestige he wants, all the records he wants. That was a tough kick. And he nailed it.”

Manget will have no problems with Butker taking the record that he’s held since his final season, 2002. He said he’ll be watching Tech play Kentucky on Saturday.

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