Butler Making a Move

CLEMSON - Going into the start of fall practice, many thought that C.J. Spiller, Ricky Sapp, Jamie Cumbie and Jacoby Ford would garner all the headlines from the freshmen class. And while those players have held true to form thus far, a new name is quickly emerging as a threat to see the field.

Most football players moving from the high school ranks to college, or from college to the pros will tell you the biggest difference from one level to the next is speed.

From linebackers to wide receivers to defensive backs, being able to quickly adjust to bigger, faster and better players could be the difference between playing as a true freshman and sitting on the bench as a redshirt.

For freshman cornerback Crezdon Butler, it's no different.

"The speed of the game is completely different here at Clemson," Butler said. "But I think we all knew that coming in. Now, we are all trying to make an adjustment."

As it turns out, Butler's adjustments have already been noticed by the Clemson coaching staff and most of the team.

In fact, Butler has been steadily moving his way up the depth chart through the early stages of fall camp.

"Right now I'm running with the two's and three's," he said. "I've been working a lot with Chris Chancellor. But the guys ahead of me, especially Duane and C.J., have been like a big brother to me. To be honest, all the guys ahead of me have been helping me out."

Even some of the veteran players, like All-ACC wide receiver Chansi Stuckey are starting to notice.

"I've seen him run with the one's some already," Stuckey said. "I think he did that some in the scrimmage Saturday. I've gone against him a couple of times and he's been doing real good. Couple of the young guys look like they might be ready to play and he's one of them."

Keep in mind last year at this time, Butler was preparing to lead Asheville High School to it's first state championship in 83 years, playing both as a quarterback and defensive back.

This year it's an entirely different story. He's just trying to inch his way onto the field.

"I'm working hard," he said. "Doing whatever I can do to help the team. I'm taking things day to day and looking at it where if I play this year then that's good. But if I don't, then I can redshirt and just get better for next year.

"Right now, for me to play early I'm going to have to get better with my technique and just learn all the plays."

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