The sun is setting on Michigan senior tight end Jake Butt's career.
With one more chance to leave a lasting impact in Ann Arbor, the road to get there wasn't exactly pleasant. In fact, Butt's recruiting class hasn't seen much winning, with it all coming to a head during the 2014 season which, as we all know, ended in disaster. The silver lining for the program, however, the disaster culminated in the hiring of Jim Harbaugh.
Some players are more fortunate than others, some see more victories than losses. For Butt, he's fortunate that he's gone through the rough times. It makes the good times just that much sweeter.
"I came to Michigan, and the guys in my class would agree with me, expecting to win," Butt said. "We wanted to win Big Ten and National Championships. The first two years we weren't close to doing that. Last year we kind of got to dip our toes in the water a little bit and we got to see some success. I think the big reason I came back and I'm sure Jourdan too is to see even more success."
Time will tell if this team is truly a championship team. However, all signs are pointing to a very successful team led with its senior leaders. If that moment of glory does come later in the season, it will cap off a story with an ending that didn't seem to be possible two years ago.
Butt and his fellow seniors will leave it all on the field one more time this season.
"In a sense I'm glad (the bad things) happened because they've made our team who they are today," Butt said. "It makes us appreciate winning and pushes us a little bit more because we never want to get back to that. I think it helped shape us into the team we are today."