Butler MLB Austin Panter

Butler LB Austin Panter (6-3, 235) didn't get noticed in high school, but he's already getting looks this year from a couple of Division-one schools and he's having an outstanding season for the Grizzlies.

Panter played eight-man football in high school – he prepped at Kensington High School in Kensington, Kansas – and didn't get a lot of looks from colleges his senior season.

"I had a great year, but schools don't usually come and watch eight-man football," Panter said.  "That's when I decided to come to Butler because they are one of the best JC programs in the country and I figured if I could do well here I might have a chance to go to a D-1 school."

He said one of his biggest adjustments was learning how to play 11-man football.

"Picking up my keys and reads was a lot different because there's three more guys out there on offense to focus on," Panter said with a laugh.  "I really had to work hard on that and I think I've done a pretty good job of that."

Panter played special teams and was a backup in 2005, but he's definitely made a name for himself this season posting 83 tackles, 15.5 tackles for loss, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and a blocked kick in 10 games – including a 42-7 win over Garden City this past Sunday (November 5th) in the first round of the KJCCC playoffs.

He runs the forty in 4.5 seconds and this past summer he put up 225 pounds 25 times.

"We had a great game on Sunday and we're working hard to be the best we can be and it's showing up on the field," Panter said.

On the recruiting front, things have been slow for Panter, but he's still received some mail and some phone calls from Kansas State and Arkansas so far this fall.

"No one has contacted me that much lately, but I'm more focused on our season right now and I'll worry about that other stuff later," Panter said.  "I want to play Division-one, but we want to win the championship so I need to stay focused on that and then I'll let the chips fall where they may."

Panter, who was a full-qualifier out of high school, will graduate in December and will have three years to play two wherever he ends up.


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