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Jake Butt | Tight End

Team: Michigan Wolverines
Age / DOB:  (20) / 7/11/1995
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 237

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Michigan junior TE Jake Butt caught five passes for 66 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 28-16 win over Penn State.
Jake Rudock was a big fan of his tight ends at Iowa and that predilection has carried over his new digs. Fortunately, his new team had a really, really good one. The 6-foot-6, 237-pound Butt is up to 43 catches for 566 yards and three touchdowns. Oh, and he can block too. CBS Sports' Dane Brugler argues that Butt is "in the mix as one of the top tight ends in CFB" and we'd agree. Nov 21 - 4:30 PM

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Michigan junior TE Jake Butt caught four passes for 102 yards in Saturday's 49-16 win over Rutgers.

Butt opened the season with 93 yards and a touchdown against Utah, but he was held to 45 or fewer receiving yards in his next seven games. In Saturday's victory over Rutgers, though, he finally cracked the 100-yard mark. The 6-foot-6, 237-pound junior's arguably Michigan's best receiving option, but being a great receiving option with Jake Rudock at quarterback is the equivalent of being an awesome car that happens to lack wheels, an engine and a hood ornament. Nice game on Saturday, nonetheless.
Nov 7 - 10:16 PM

Michigan junior TE Jake Butt is a fluid athlete for the position and an even better route runner," CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes

"Butt has above average focus at the catch point to win in contested situations, attacking the ball and wanting it more than defenders," Brugler writes. The Michigan prospect has hauled in 22 receptions for 275 yards, with one touchdown on the season. Jake Ruddock's security blanket also showcases some run-after-catch ability, and isn't afraid to get his hands dirty when asked to block. Brugler believes Butt is "in the mix as one of the top tight ends in CFB."
Source: CBS Sports
Oct 16 - 2:37 PM

Michigan graduate QB Jake Rudock has thrown to junior TE Jake Butt on nearly 20 percent of his throws.

Rudock is the definition of a game manager. He refuses -- or is incapable -- of throwing the ball downfield, so his reliance on Butt comes as no surprise. Butt has 19 catches for 234 yards and a score so far. "Expect that to continue on Saturday against Northwestern in what's likely to be a low-scoring game in which big plays of any kind will be highly valued," ESPN's Todd McShay wrote. "The Wildcats have shut down opposing tight ends this season, allowing just 5.93 yards per catch (fifth-best in the FBS). They will have a plan to stop Butt; it's just a matter of whether he can work his way open."
Source: ESPN
Oct 9 - 5:55 PM

Michigan junior TE Jake Butt caught four balls for 61 yards in Saturday's 28-0 win over Maryland.

Jim Harbaugh would be named governor of Michigan if he decided to run. His Stanford-north program implementation is already in full effect, with the Wolverines allowing just 14 points total during their four-game winning streak after losing to undefeated Utah in the opener. Butt has 19 catches for 234 yards and a score. As we've mentioned, QB Jake Rudock is a risk-averse thrower who leans on tight ends, making the gifted Butt an attractive DFS option. Hopefully the touchdowns are right around the corner.
Oct 3 - 4:44 PM

Michigan junior TE Jake Butt caught one pass for 41 yards in the school's 31-0 win over BYU.

It is rare for tight ends to get fed in college passing games, and this one is no different. Butt is one of the more talented players at the position at the college level, and he showed that skill on the long reception. He now has 15 catches and almost 200 yards on the season.
Sep 26 - 3:33 PM

Michigan junior TE Jake Butt emerged as a "rising star" against Utah, according to TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

Butt finished with eight receptions for 93 yards and a touchdown in Thursday's loss to the Utes. "He stepped up during the games important moments, coming away with several key receptions to keep drives alive," Pauline wrote. "Already known as a competent blocker, Butt impressed scouts with his overall performance in week one." Jake Rudock is a low-ceiling, risk-averse signal-caller known to lean on his tight ends. Butt should be an attractive DFS option all season.
Sep 10 - 4:04 PM

Michigan HC Jim Harbaugh believes junior Jake Butt is as good as any TE he has coached.

This is major praise from Harbaugh, who recruited a great stable of tight ends during his time at Stanford. Zach Ertz, Coby Fleener, Ryan Hewitt and more are included in that group. Butt was limited last season thanks to poor quarterback play and underwent microscopic knee surgery in January, but could be in store for a big junior campaign.
Aug 6 - 2:19 PM

Michigan sophomore TE Jake Butt underwent microscopic knee surgery earlier this month.

Uh oh. This is the same knee that had a torn ACL repaired last February. Even so, is Butt is not expected to miss spring practices. Butt missed three games between injury and suspension last season and finished with nine catches for 211 yards and two touchdowns. Butt was not a major part of Michigan's passing offense in 2014 with Devin Funchess around, but the former four-star recruit figures to be a popular breakout pick this summer. Head coach Jim Harbaugh‘s offenses at Stanford always made great use of the tight end.
Jan 31 - 6:25 PM

Michigan sophomore TE Jake Butt will miss Saturday's game Indiana after being suspended for a violation of team expectations.

Butt is not a major part of Michigan's passing offense, catching 10 passes for 113 yards and a score this season. We doubt the school moves Devin Funchess back to tight end, and they should not. He is winning on the outside despite a handful of drops in contested situations.
Sat, Nov 1, 2014 03:16:00 PM

Michigan sophomore TE Jake Butt hopes to return to the field on Sept. 27 against Minnesota.

Butt suffered a torn ACL during winter conditioning, and the Minnesota game is a reasonable goal as it is the team's Big Ten opener. He is currently five and a half months out from the injury to his right knee. Butt and Devin Funchess, who is more of a pure receiving option, would form one of the best position combos in college football.
Tue, Aug 26, 2014 11:21:00 AM

Michigan sophomore-to-be TE Jake Butt will return by the third or fourth game of the 2014 season, according to Michigan coach Brady Hoke.

Butt suffered a torn ACL during winter conditioning last month. "I haven’t really sat down and talked with the doctors, because (Butt) just had (the surgery), but he’ll work hard just like [LB] Jake [Ryan] did," Hoke said. "I would think, though, to really have him back where you’d want him, it probably would be game three or four. So it is similar in some ways to (Ryan), but we’ll just have to see. Everybody heals differently." Michigan opens against Appalachian State on Aug. 30, and then plays at Notre Dame on Sept. 6, hosts Miami of Ohio on Sept. 13 and hosts Utah on Sept. 20.
Sun, Mar 16, 2014 04:48:00 PM

Michigan sophomore-to-be TE Jake Butt suffered a torn ACL during winter conditioning.

He will obviously miss spring activities. This is a major blow to the team's offense, as Butt's role was likely to grow this season. He and Devin Funchess offer one of the best combinations at tight end in the country, so Funchess could see more targets early in the season.
Thu, Feb 13, 2014 09:41:00 AM