Did anyone else find it curious that Carson Butler saw a fair number of snaps at defensive end against Purdue? He clearly has the physical talent to play tight end, and I just assumed that his lack of playing time there were “doghouse” issues and nothing else. Although I really like Kevin Koger, if Butler is out of the Rod’s doghouse, wouldn’t it make more sense to play both Koger and Butler at tight end or does Butler really have a future at DE? Two tight ends are certainly not a staple of Rod’s offense, but I think you could really exploit having two athletic tight ends that are, at least in theory, better blockers than wide receivers. If the defense is in a nickel package, you run at them and if the defense is in a 4-3, you spread the tight ends out and create mismatches with linebackers.
Butler's move to DE
Because Butler has proven, over the course of 4 years in the program, that he will not block. Koger isn't a great blocker either, but he can't be a more stubborn learner than butler.
Since Butler was the 44th ranked STRONGSIDE DEFENSIVE END in 2005 coming out of HS, WTF was he ever doing at TE!!
Because being the 44th ranked Strongside DE makes him a low 3-star prospect - not anything special.
Because he played WR in high school, and wanted to stay on the offensive side of the ball in college.
"Because being the 44th ranked Strongside DE makes him a low 3-star prospect - not anything special."
And now he's starting after a few weeks? Having not played the position for 3 years? And, he was "not anything special" as the 44th DE and was going to be better at TE???
Butler is not starting. He was in on about a quarter of the defensive plays against Purdue.
Let's also not forget that Butler is a false start machine on offense.
If Butler switched to DE what, a week ago? And he's already seeing PT, I'd say that's a very good sign. We could have something here.
I think it was about 3 or 4 weeks ago. I very well may be mistaken though, but definitely not last week.
I think this is also a great sign from the coaches. They have proven that they are not afraid to change the positions of players if they believe that they will help the team better at that position.
As Chitown (I think it was him anyway) said before, maybe Carson's disdain for blocking can be put to good use.
I don't know if Butler is a better blocker than anyone on the team. You have to be willing to do it to be good. Based on his athleticism, having him at DE might be a great idea. With out lack of depth there, especially next year, and our overwhelming depth at TE, this might end up being a genius move.
I was only able to follow the game via box score on my phone, so I didn't even know he played at all. I'm curious to see how his play reflects in UFR this week.
I can't imagine it will be pretty. They did, after all, give up 48 and 500+ yards to a BAD offense...
bad offense?!?! they looked like a well oiled machine on saturday :-)
Butler asked for the switch himself. At least it was reported that way.
GBMW says Butler played better than Jamison. Got on for 15-20 snaps.
I don't know if I'd agree with that. I remember seeing Jamison make a bunch of plays early, but then he did tail off. I wasn't watching him specifically the whole time, but I don't remember Butler making any plays in particular, and there were at least 4-5 early for Jamison. I could be wrong though.
I thought that Jamison played well, at least in the first half. I remember him dominating the LT on several plays. He and Warren led the defense with 7 tackles each, and he recorded 1 of Michigan's 2 pass breakups, so he at least did something.
I think Butler starts at defensive end next year, and will actually be pretty good. He's got good size for it and we know he's got the athletic ability. Guy was a freak at TE athletically, too bad he was allergic to blocking and couldn't always catch. These things won't be a problem.
I hope Graham sticks around but won't blame him if he leaves if he looks like a high rounder (I haven't really looked into where scouts rank him). A line next year of Graham, Van Bergen and Butler on the end rotation, and Martin, Sagesse, Campbell, and Kates on the inside rotation could still at least be pretty solid.