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Continuing with my countdown of the top ten highest rated Cardinal football players (according to NCAA Football 2012) I will talk a little about BJ Butler:
BJ Butler wears jersey #44 and is a 6-2 270 pound sophomore defensive end from Kissimmee, Florida. During his freshman season Butler made a name for himself while disrupting opposing QBs and offensive lines all season he compile 23 total tackles and 2.5 sacks.
Coming out of Osceola High School Butler was highly touted, a four star prospect according to both scout.com and rivals.com he had offers from Georgia, Florida State, Florida, Alabama, Michigan and West Virginia but ended up choosing to be a Card and play for Head Coach Charlie Strong. ”Coach Strong, he’s just a real person. He’s a good coach, a good friend. He’ll teach you right from wrong and get you right.” Butler said when he decided to choose Louisville after de-committing from the University of Georgia
Words like Big, Bad, Aggressive, Junk Yard Dog and even discipline problem have been used to describe Butler in the past, but since arriving on campus Butler has been nothing short of a hard-working student-athlete who plays the game with a mean-streak and a level of physicality that this Cardinals team had been sorely missing during the Steve Kragthorpe era. I look for BJ to lead the young Cardinals defensive line this season and to build on what is already a very impressive career as a Louisville Cardinal during his sophomore campaign.