Louisville Commit: Big, Bad B. J. Butler

Intriguing, the University of Louisville’s latest football commitment, the kind of player who’s been missing the past couple of seasons — big, talented, aggressive and, apparently, with some discipline issues.

B. J. Butler, a 6-foot-3, 225-pound athlete from Kissimmee Osceola, Fla., has decommited from the University of Georgia to play for U of L’s Charlie Strong, having declared to the Orlando Sentinel: “”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.”

Rated a four-star recruit by Rivals, Butler played quarterback and defensive end in high school. He was suspended by his high school coach for his final two games.

Butler had some issues with getting right toward the end of his senior year, when Osceola Coach Jeff Rolson suspended him for the final two games for ‘disciplinary reasons.’ “It wasn’t an argument or anything like that,” said Butler, who would have been reinstated had Osceola been able to get past Lakeland in the state quarterfinals. “They said I was uncoachable and disrespectful. They told me to hit the house, so I hit the house.”

He will bring something else that’s been missing as well– a pass rush if this youtuber is any indication:

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Charlie Springer

Charlie Springer is a former Louisville editor and sportswriter, a public affairs consultant, a UofL grad and longtime fan.

7 thoughts on “Louisville Commit: Big, Bad B. J. Butler

  • January 7, 2010 at 8:05 pm
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    Now that is tackling! Authoritative, no nonsense, no tentativeness, just Bam, too bad, qb, try again. (Note: no forearm to the head necessary.)

  • January 7, 2010 at 9:21 pm
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    You absolutely cannot win at the higher levels without a dozen or so junkyard dogs. The key is to be able to keep them under control. Petrino was very good at it. Kragthorpe didn’t even give it a try.

    Remember the words of Justin Burke after meeting Charlie Strong. He said it’s good to like your head coach but you have to be a little bit scared of him too.

  • January 7, 2010 at 11:34 pm
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    We need more of these guys. Kragthorpe wanted pussycats which is fine for tennis. We need mean junkyard dogs

  • January 8, 2010 at 5:29 am
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    We have had a pass rush, with a great LB and DE core, but that Krag “bend but don’t break” BS did not really employ a pass rush.

    It will be like someone hit a light switch, when you see our kids play under these passionate coaches who are shooting for the stars.

    Coach Carter is recruiting Miami and Florida, and has not even touched down in the Ville yet!!!

    If you have not heard Carter on WKRD in his interview, that guy is the man!

  • January 8, 2010 at 10:00 am
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    He will never be my best friend or anything like that but I want this guy playing football for my team!

  • January 8, 2010 at 10:04 am
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    Imagine the fun of watching the Cards sack quarterbacks again! One of the most exciting plays in football. Bring it on!

  • January 8, 2010 at 11:11 am
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    No doubt!!!

    I have not had an opportunity to make any “Quarterback Nightmare” graphics during the Krag tenure, so that will be so refreshing.

    Offense sells tickets, defense wins games.

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