Butler will travel to Northwestern this weekend to watch the primetime game against Vanderbilt. Only two games into the year, Butler has proved to be worthy of the attention, playing a major role on Joliet's impressive offensive line.
Butler, a team-oriented player, expressed his disappointment with Joliet's season-opening loss to Providence. Even in that outing, he and his unit helped spring the offense to successful performances. In week two, the team managed to recover by earning a win against Robeson.
Joliet posted 34 points in each of its first two games, which gives a positive indication of the overall line play. Butler made several improvements during the offseason, and these have translated to game action.
"I haven't let up a sack yet," Butler said. "I try to keep playing with a high motor and high intensity."
Butler attended the Illinois-Western Michigan matchup in Champaign with some of his teammates this past weekend. After the game, they focused their attention on the Northwestern-Syracuse contest. A few days later, he discussed what he saw with coach Pat Fitzgerald.
"After the game, we got in the car and stopped to watch some of (the NU game) on T.V.," Butler said. "I talked to Coach Fitzgerald on Tuesday. They played three great quarters of football, and in the fourth quarter kind of let down, but a great comeback for them."
In June, Butler made a lasting impression at NU camp. After a strong effort, he spoke with coach Adam Cushing, who has figured largely in his recruitment. During his visit to NU, Butler expects to continue his talks with the coaching staff.
For Butler, NU seems to be a good all-around fit, complete with strong academics and a rapidly improving program. Butler admitted that after following Saturday's game, he feels as though he could contribute to the NU offensive line in the near future.
"I'd definitely love to play at Northwestern," Butler said. "It's a great school and I like the coaches. It's a good atmosphere and I'd love to be a part of that o-line one day."