Butt Back Healthy, Plays Strong in Defeat

Michigan junior tight end Jake Butt played huge in U-M's 24-17 loss at Utah Thursday night.

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – At Michigan’s media day Jake Butt declared himself “100-percent” healthy – and it showed in U-M’s 24-17 defeat at Utah on Thursday night.

Butt would finish eight catches for 93 yards, capping it off with an athletic touchdown grab between two Utah defenders late in the third quarter, which he says he was originally supposed to be the decoy on.

“It was kind of like a late play call,” Butt recalled on hid touchdown grab. “We were supposed to have all these motions and stuff. It wasn’t how it was supposed to be, I was supposed to be a decoy on that play. (Jake) just gave me shot, I just came down with it.”

Butt was a frequent target of quarterback Jake Rudock all night, who despite his three interceptions, still managed to keep U-M in the game till the end. “He played well, he played tough,” Rudock said of Butt. “I think that was a big thing. Just knowing you can go to him at times, even though he had two guys on him, the guys had his back turned and Jake has a big body, so it was good to have guy like that out there that you could give a chance to.”

However, Butt credited his success on the field to U-M’s coaching staff and how they prepared him for the Utes defense.

“I think it was just preparation,” Butt said. “We prepared. We knew what we would like to run versus their defense. We knew they had some holes in their coverage that we could try to exploit. Jake kind of put the ball in there. We’ve been working all summer building chemistry. I think that was a big part of it.”

Regardless, Butt says his knee is still fully healthy.

“I felt great,” said Butt, who tore his ACL during spring ball in 2014. “It felt good to get the knee brace off and just get back out there playing football again.”

Michigan (0-1) plays host to Oregon State on Sept. 12.

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