Team Preview: Butler

As one of the top JUCO programs in the country, the Butler Grizzlies are, year-in and year-out, challenging for a National Championship and this year is no different. Today, takes a look at several of the top prospects on both sides of the ball and which players already have several offers with more on the way...

Butler doesn't just replace the experienced they lose every year to four-year schools, they reload with talent up and down their roster.

This year is no different and at the quarterback position, the Grizzlies will turn to Billy Cosh who will replace Chandler Whitmer who signed with Connecticut.

Cosh is a bounceback from Kansas State and he'll be a player to keep an eye on as he can get it done with both his arm and his legs.

While Cosh can run the ball, he likely won't be called on to do that much with the likes of Dreamius Smith and Derrick Thomas.

Both of those tailbacks are already getting plenty of interest from four-year schools and have offers from schools from across the FBS spectrum and both are expected to have very big years. Last season they combined for nearly 1,500 yards and 15 touchdowns and they should be even better this fall.

When Cosh drops back to pass, he will have three very good wideouts to target in Javess Blue, Devin Clarke and Chris Fields.

Fields hauled in 28 receptions for 341 yards and three touchdowns last season while Blue used his outstanding speed and elusiveness to post 27 receptions for 586 yards and three scores.

Clarke chipped in with 17 receptiosn for 250 yards and one touchdown and all three have offers from four-year schools and are expected to have big seasons.

Along the offensive line, the Grizzlies have a big-time stud in John McClure at the left tackle spot after receiving NJCAA All-American honors as a freshman in 2011.

On defense, the Butler defensive coaches will have to replace quite a bit of talent along the defensive line after losing big producers like defensive ends Bruce Campbell and Demarcus Lawrence along with defensive tackles Roland Johnson, Xavier Melton and Chaquil Reed, all of whom signed with FBS programs.

Helping matters will be the fact that they have two outstanding players at the linebacker spot, both of whom should see a lot of attention from four year schools.

Head coach Troy Morrell noted that outside linebackers Tommy Sanders and Rahmon Swain both have quite a few offers on the table already and that the coaches expect middle linebacker Blake Bean to have a huge season.

In the secondary, the corners are young, although Dexter McDonald his big and physical, but safeties Max Martinez and Tate Omli are both athletic and smart and they will be counted on to be leaders in the deep patrol.

Butler started off the season last week with a big 72-12 win over Ellsworth and this weekend they will take on number five Blinn in their annual Kansas/Texas crossover game.

If they can escape that game unscathed, Butler has a chance to get through conference play unblemished and head toward the National Championship game in early December.

Only time will tell, but they have the players and the coaching staff to get it done.

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