Butler looking to perform

Kylan Butler is seeing plenty of competition at his position. Read on to see what he thinks of it, his chances of playing, and more.

Kylan Butler wants to be part of the best running team in the country. With the running backs on the Arizona roster, there is enough talent to at least challenge for the best running attack in the conference.

With quick backs Ka'Deem Carey and Daniel Jenkins and power backs Taimi Tutogi and Greg Nwoko, Butler is surrounded by plenty of talented ball carriers.

Butler was the second running back in the spring game on Saturday with Jenkins playing limited minutes while recovering from a hamstring injury. Butler, a 5-foot-7 junior, led the team in carries with eight, but mustered just 15 total yards for an average of 1.9 yards per carry. Butler also had a 1-yard touchdown run midway through the scrimmage.

"A lot of our guys had a great scrimmage," Butler said. "We had some really big plays, but we still have a lot to learn. There had too many turnovers and didn't execute well at times."

Butler didn't fumble in Saturday's scrimmage, but his teammates did. The Arizona offense accounted for 5 fumbles, losing 2 of them to the defense. Quarterback Richard Morrison also threw an interception early in the scrimmage.

"We've been having some issues with ball control lately," Butler said. "You don't want to know what we have to do if we fumble. There's a lot of running involved."

Butler went on to explain that the coaches will make the ball carrier run gassers, among other running drills, when they fumble. A gasser is where a player starts on one sideline, and then runs to the other sideline and back again twice. The distance from sideline to sideline is 52 yards. One full gasser is 4 completed trips from sideline to sideline, totaling 212 yards. The coaches vary with the amount of gassers to be done based on the fumble.

In addition, Butler said that after fumbling, the players have to hold a special ball with a cord attached to it. They run certain drills and have someone following them and occasionally pulling on the cord without warning. If they drop it, they have to complete their consequences all over again.

"(The drills) are helpful," Butler said. "The coaches value ball control, especially the exchange with the quarterback. We don't ever want to put that ball on the ground."

Butler understands that a single fumble in practice could mean the difference between seeing the field and standing on the sidelines. With other capable backs, the coaches can pick and choose which players get in the game.

"There are six of us, so we have to be ready," he said. "If my name is called, I just have to get out there.

"My goal is just to perform and be part of one of the best running back corps in the country."


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