TAMPA --- He came to Florida five years ago as a fly under the recruiting radar project, a big kid from North Carolina who didn't make any recruiting guru's lead pipe cinch lists of future stars. He will play his last football game for the Gators Monday in the Outback Bowl and if he can go out with a win, then Lance Butler will have the icing on an already extraordinary cake.
December 28, 2005
When he came to the University of Florida five years ago, he was a virtual unknown, a big, tall lineman from a small school in North Carolina with good feet who had flown under the radar for most of the nation's analysts who make their living rating high school football talent. The key word in those days for Lance Butler was potential. He had some intangibles such as intelligence, height and speed, a nice foundation on which a real player could be built.
November 22, 2005