Media selects Bulldogs to return to C-USA Championship Game
Butler, Dixon, Taylor and Woods honored by C-USA
Defensive tackle also on Outland Trophy Watch List
Tackle one of three C-USA players listed
Louisiana Tech totaled a league-best 15 selections on the preseason list
Photos from 2014 LA Tech at UAB game
Louisiana Tech vs. Northwestern State football game
Louisiana Tech vs. Army in the Heart of Dallas Classic
Louisiana Tech at NC State
Photos from Louisiana Tech's win over Rice.
2014: Totaled 56 tackles (35 solo, 21 assisted) on the year wtih 13.5 tackles for a loss of 28 yards - ranking second on the team - with a solo sack for a loss of four yards while also recording a forced fumble, a fumble recovery, a QB hurry and a pass break-up ... Regsitered two total tackles (one solo, one assisted) at No. 4/3 Oklahoma (8/30) ... Notched a solo tackle at Louisiana-Lafayette (9/6) ... Recorded two solo tackles and was credited with a pass break-up at North Texas (9/11) ... Credited with seven total tackles against Northwestern State (9/20) with one solo stop and six assisted tackles including 3.0 tackles for a loss of nine yards that included a solo sack for a loss of four yards ... Made a solo tackle at No. 5/5 Auburn (9/27) ... Registered two solo tackles against UTEP (10/4) ... Recorded a career-high eight total tackles (seven solo, one assisted) in a 27-20 win over UTSA (10/18) with 1.5 tackles for a loss of one yard to his credit ... Registered five total tackles (four solo, one assisted) at Southern Miss (10/25) with two solo tackles for a loss of five yards ... Totaled three tackles against Western Kentucky (11/1) with one of his two solo stops being for a loss of three yards ... Totaled six tackles (four solo, two assisted) including 1.5 tackles for a loss of three yards and recovered a fumble at UAB (11/8) ... Tallied four total tackles (two solo, two assisted) at Old Dominion (11/22) with his two solo stops coming for a loss of four yards ... Registered two solo tackles, one for a loss of three yards, and four total tackles against Rice (11/29) ... Had six total tackles (3 solo, 3 assisted), including one for a loss, one forced fumble and a quarterback hurry at Marshall in the C-USA Championship Game (12/6) ... Tallied four total tackles - three solo, one assisted - against Illinois (12/26) in the Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl.
2013: Played in 11 games, starting in one with 43 total tackles (16 solo, 27 assisted) with 4.5 tackles for a loss of nine yards including one sack for a loss of three yards ... Assisted on five tackles at NC State (8/31) ... Made his first career sack as part of a six total tackle day against Lamar (9/7) with two tackles for a loss of seven yards ... Registered three total tackles against Tulane (9/12) with one tackle for a loss of one yard ... Notched three total tackles at Kansas (9/21) ... Registered six total tackles (two solo, four assisted) against Army (9/28) in the Heart of Dallas Classic at the Cotton Bowl while also registering one of the team's two tackles for a loss ... Assisted on six tackles at UTEP (10/5) ... Assisted on two tackles against North Texas (10/19) ... Registered five total tackles at Rice (11/16) ... Recorded four tackles against Tulsa (11/23) ... Assisted on three tackles at UTSA (11/30) including one for a loss.
2012: Recorded 21 total tackles in his freshman season with eight solo stops and 13 assisted tackles along with 1.5 tackles for a loss of five yards ... Was credited with two total tackles including a solo stop for a loss of three yards in his first collegiate appearance in a 56-49 win at Houston (9/8) ... Recorded four total tackles (one solo, three assisted) against Rice (9/15) as one of his assisted tackles was for a loss of two yards ... Registered two total tackles (one solo, one assisted) at Illinois (9/22) ... Assisted on two tackles at Virginia (9/29) ... Notched one solo tackle against UNLV (10/6) ... Credited with two total tackles - one solo, one assisted - against No. 22 Texas A&M (10/13) ... Registered two solo tackles against Idaho (10/20) ... Credited with four total tackles (one solo, three assisted) at New Mexico State (10/27) ... Assisted on one tackle against UTSA (11/3) ... Assisted on a tackle at San Jose State (11/24).
High School: Lettered in football, basketball and track at North Pike High School ... During his senior year (2011) he recorded 121 tackles and 13 sacks for a loss of 37 yards while recovering a fumble ... Ranked 37th in the state of Mississippi in sacks his senior year ... During his junior year (2010) he recorded 102 tackles and six sacks ... Named all-district, all-area and all-state his senior year while claiming all-district honors his junior year ... Led his team to a No. 1 ranking his junior year, winning the south state title and finishing as the state runner-up ... Coached by Chris Smith.
Personal: Vernon Butler, Jr. ... Son of Vernon, Sr., and Beverly Butler ... Born on June 14, 1994 in Pike County, Miss. ... Chose Louisiana Tech over Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Southern Miss, Memphis and Louisiana-Lafayette ... Recruited by Jeff Koonz.