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Jake Butt | Tight End

Team: Michigan Wolverines
Age / DOB:  (21) / 7/11/1995
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 237

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Some NFL scouts see Michigan senior TE Jake Butt "as a better version of Hunter Henry," according to NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein.
"Butt is a throwback tight end who combines size with outstanding toughness over the middle as a big, reliable target," he wrote. "Butt has vice grips for hands and he fears no traffic in the middle of the field." The 6-foot-6, 248-pound Butt earned All-American honors in 2015 by hauling in 48 catches for 620 yards and three touchdowns. Aug 14 - 12:47 PM

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Michigan junior TE Jake Butt's "combination of route acceleration and ballskills make him a dangerous threat down the seam," according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

The 6-foot-6, 248-pound Butt earned All-American honors in 2015, hauling in 48 catches for 620 yards and 3 touchdowns on the year. With Butt returning for his senior year, Brugler adds that Butt still has "room to improve his ability to sustain as a blocker."
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 1 - 3:54 PM

Michigan junior TE Jake Butt stated that he believes "there's room for improvement" in his game, according to's Nick Baumgardner.

"I can fine-tune my game and the NFL's a complicated thing, Butt told "I can come back a year and work on my blocking, get a little faster and a little stronger so that I can solidify myself in those top rounds." The 6-foot-6, 248-pound Butt relied on head coach Jim Harbaugh on helping him make his decision to return, rather than waiting to hear from the NFL draft advisory board. The All-American TE has had a phenomenal season for the Wolverines, hauling in 48 catches for 620 yards and 3 touchdowns on the year.
Mon, Dec 28, 2015 03:15:00 PM

Michigan junior TE Jake Butt announced he will return to school for the 2016 season rather than declare for the NFL.

Jim Harbaugh has done a great job keeping draft-eligible prospects around for another season. Butt joins cornerback Jourdan Lewis and defensive lineman Chris Wormley as returning talents. Butt could enter the 2016 season as the nation's top tight end, and Michigan will be one of the favorites.
Tue, Dec 8, 2015 02:27:00 PM

Michigan junior TE Jake Butt says he is 50-50 on his decision to enter the draft or return to school for the 2016 season.

"He said he wants to decide in the next week after talking to Harbaugh," ESPN's Dan Murphy writes. Butt is one of the better receiving tight ends in the country and has complete tight end potential. That is difficult to find.
Mon, Dec 7, 2015 01:24:00 PM

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.
Sat, Nov 21, 2015 04:30:00 PM

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.
Sat, Nov 7, 2015 10:16:00 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
Fri, Oct 16, 2015 02:37:00 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
Fri, Oct 9, 2015 05:55:00 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.
Sat, Oct 3, 2015 04:44:00 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.
Sat, Sep 26, 2015 03:33:00 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.
Thu, Sep 10, 2015 04:04:00 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.
Thu, Aug 6, 2015 02:19:00 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.
Sat, Jan 31, 2015 06:25:00 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