UF punter finalist for award

Published: Wednesday, January 25, 2012 at 11:42 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 25, 2012 at 11:42 a.m.

Florida punter David Lerner has been named one of four finalists for the 2012 Uplifting Athlete Rare Disease Champion Award, the Uplifting Athletes foundation announced Wednesday.

Lerner, a former Buchholz star, was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease in July, just weeks before the opening of fall camp. He played in six games in 2011, averaging 38.5 yards a punt.

Despite losing nearly 15 pounds and having to receive IV treatments, Lerner did not miss a practice during fall camp. He eventually won the starting punting job and was awarded a scholarship in August.

Lerner received the Dick Schapp Sportsman of the Year Award in December.

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