[Premium Article] Moss Point High School TE Eric Butler, a Mississippi State signee, will be playing on the Mississippi All-Star football team during Saturday's Mississippi-Alabama All-Star Classic. However, football is not the only sport that Butler has on his mind."> [Premium Article] Moss Point High School TE Eric Butler, a Mississippi State signee, will be playing on the Mississippi All-Star football team during Saturday's Mississippi-Alabama All-Star Classic. However, football is not the only sport that Butler has on his mind.">

Moss Point HS TE Eric Butler

<img src="http://www.genespage.com/images/almsfootballgame/2003/butler.jpg" align="left" width="120" height="162"> [Premium Article] Moss Point High School TE Eric Butler, a Mississippi State signee, will be playing on the Mississippi All-Star football team during Saturday's Mississippi-Alabama All-Star Classic. However, football is not the only sport that Butler has on his mind.

"I love baseball just like football," said Butler, who chose MSU over Southern Miss because of their engineering department and the opportunity to play early. "I would like to pursue both in college. I like them about equal"

Butler, to the delight of MSU fans everywhere, wasn't drafted during this past Tuesday and Wednesday Major League Baseball amateur draft.

Butler, a right fielder who batted .320 with 20 RBI and 2 home runs this past season, told Gene's Page what he considered his strong points in baseball. "I'm good at making plays in the outfield and getting on base," said Butler, a first-team MAC All-State football selection this past season. "I have a pretty strong arm, but usually I don't get to use it because nobody runs on me."

Having never attending a football game at State and only one baseball game, Butler knows what the MSU coaches are expecting from him next season. "They talked to me about playing H-Back because, most of the time, they run two tight ends," said Butler, a 7-5A All-Region team selection as a junior. "One is the set tight end and the other one is the H-receiver. If I come in there and step up, I may be able to play a little."

Unlike several other freshmen signees, Butler doesn't plan on attending State during the second summer session. "I am probably going to come in for two-a-days because I'm playing baseball this summer," explained the 6-foot-3, 225-pounder.


Gene Swindoll is the owner of Gene's Page (http://mississippistate.theinsiders.com), the unofficial source for Mississippi State sports and Mississippi high school sports on the internet. You can contact him by email at swindoll@genespage.com.

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