Bulldogs projected to finish fourth in West Division
Dixon, Bates lead Bulldog contingent
2014 T-Day Spring Game
Friday's practice begins at 4 p.m.
Coach Holtz previews Rice game
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.