Butt Communicating With Gardner

Michigan sophomore tight end Jake Butt says he is in constant communication with Devin Gardner if he sees anything going on against a defense, adding he's still confident in the Michigan offense.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- One catch for five-yards.

That’s the stat line next to Michigan sophomore tight end Jake Butt after Michigan’s 35-11 loss at Michigan State Saturday.

Appearing to be wide open on multiple occasions, left all alone by the Spartan defense, those numbers could’ve easily been higher.

“It would have (helped) here and there for sure,” Butt said. “But it doesn’t come down to me and I’m not worried about how many catches I get or stats; I just want to win.”

That may well be and Michigan’s offense would’ve given the team a better shot at winning had wide receivers not dropped seven passes over the course of the game.

While Butt wasn’t one of the culprits in the dropped pass category, he’s not looking to play the blame game with his teammates either.

“It’s football, you’re going to drop some passes,” Butt said. “You can’t be perfect. It’s unfortunate that we had it in such a big game but the guys that made those drops, they’re going to make those plays nine out of ten times.

“It was just unlucky it didn’t happen like that, don’t hang your head just go out there and make the next catch.”

Streaking down the Michigan State sideline unencumbered in the middle of the third quarter, a big play was waiting for Butt. Instead, senior quarterback Devin Gardner missed him amidst pressure, lofting a ball to the right and into the arms of Spartan senior safety R.J. Williamson who returned it for a touchdown.

Open on a handful of other plays throughout Saturday, Butt again wasn’t looking to point fingers but is sure to make his voice heard if he can help the offensive attack.

“Yeah, I don’t know,” Butt said. “That’s not really my call. I mean I’m just going out there to run my routes and that’s kind of like an offensive coordinator, quarterback thing. At the end of the day you just want to win, it’s not really a selfish thing.”

“You always want to communicate with your quarterback to let him know maybe his read with that play comes up, next time make his read a little bit easier,” Butt added.

“So, I might’ve mentioned it to him and he was always talking to me, oh were you open here, were you open here and I mentioned it, yeah.”

Bottom line for Butt: the offense is looking to stack positive plays on top of each other and need to do so if Michigan hopes to show improvement over the final four games of the season.

“I think at the end of the day I think it comes down to execution,” Butt said. “The defense did a great job and offensively we’ve got to execute. There was a lot of plays we did out there that when we did execute, we gashed them.

“You know, there was an eleven yard run there, big pass here and if we can do that on a consistent basis, and that’s what we need to work on is doing it on a consistent basis, we could be something great.”

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