Butler: "We Just Do What We Do"

While we love bringing you a good portion of high school news and updates, we also want to feature some of the state's top athletes, while getting a quick look at what's the latest on the college recruiting front. Today, we feature Angleton athlete Roderick Butler. This is a TPI Premium article.

If the subject of powerhouse Class 4A in the Greater Houston area comes up in water cooler conversation, it is almost certain that the Angleton football team will be mentioned. After a 49-28 win over district rival Pearland Dawson, this team has earned local and state rankings.

Naturally, there are the franchise, blue-chipped players who are on the roster, but come game time Coach Finis Vanover believes in the share-the-wealth system. One of the guys who is heavily in the rotation (on both sides of the ball) is athlete Roderick Butler.

For a player like Butler, there is a few duties that he is called perform. On offense, he may line up in the backfield or at slot receiver. And on defense, whether it is linebacker or defensive back, the 5-foot-7, 150-pound Butler is in the mix.

"I just play and do what my coach asks me to do. Just doing what I do for coach and my team, Butler said. "I love my role on this team because I play a lot of different positions. We try and get everybody carries and everybody gets the ball. You know, so everybody can get their shine."

In the recent win, Butler took most of the early spotlight. Though Angleton is known for its ability to run the football, the Cats came out on the first with a little trickery when running back Henry Josey found Butler for a 52-yard touchdown catch.

Not long after, on the next offensive possession, Butler found the end zone on a 5-yard touchdown run.

"It was just a little cut back play to the opposite side of the ball," Butler said. "We flow one way and go another. Nothing too amazing or tricky, it's just a run to us. Running the ball is what we do against everybody. We do what we do and try to win."

At the moment, that is Butler's primary focus, helping Angleton win ball games, as the team has a 6-0 (3-0 in District 24-4A) record. But, he does not want it to end there. So far, nothing has made its way to the surface.

"Nobody (college recruiters) is in contact that I know of right now. I'm still waiting," Butler said. 

That may change in the near future. The state-ranked Angleton team will take on Brazosport this Friday.


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