Butler becomes fifth pick to go in first round in Louisiana Tech history
By: Kane McGuire
Defensive tackle is first Bulldog to be invited to attend NFL Draft
Several former Bulldogs currently in NFL in attendance Tuesday
Program to host event at Joe Aillet Stadium beginning at 9 a.m.
Bulldogs selected in the 2016 NFL Draft.
Photos from Louisiana Tech's 2016 Pro Day
Photos from the 2015 Rivalry in Dixie game against Southern Miss
Louisiana Tech Football at UTEP
Photos of LA Tech's 2015 game at Rice
2015 First Team All-Conference USA
2015 First Team All-Louisiana
2015 Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List
2015 Outland Trophy Award Watch List
2015 Preseason All-Conference USA
Career: Defensive tackle that tallied 170 total tackles (87 solo, 83 assisted) in 49 games played over four years at Louisiana Tech ... Registered 29.5 tackles for a loss of 68 yards including five sacks for a loss of 18 yards ... Credited with nine quarterback hurries, three passes defended, two fumble recoveries and one forced fumble over his career.
2015: Received First Team All-Conference USA and All-Louisiana honors as he helped lead LA Tech's defense to rank 13th nationally and first in Conference USA in rushing defense (allowing an average of 119.3 yards per game) and 27th nationally in first in C-USA in team tackles for a loss (7.0 per game) ... Tallied 50 total tackles (28 solo, 22 assisted) on the year with 10 tackles for a loss of 26 yards including three sacks for a loss of 11 yards ... Tied for the team lead with eight quarterback hurries ... Credited with two pass break-ups and one fumble recovery ... Recorded one solo tackle against Southern (9/5) ... Recorded five tackles (two solo, three assisted) including a tackle for loss and was credited with a QB hurry against WKU (9/10) ... Recorded three tackles (all solo) and recovered a fumble against Kansas State (9/19) ... Was credited with four tackles (two solo, two assisted), a quarterback hurry and an assist on a tackle for loss (9/26) ... Recorded five tackles (one solo, four assisted), including a sack to go along with three quarterback hurries against ULL (10/3) ... Recorded a sack and five totals tackles (four solo, one assisted) against UTSA (10/10) ... Recorded three tackles (one solo, two assisted) including a tackle for a loss against Mississippi State (10/17) ... Recorded four tackles (two solo, two assisted) against Middle Tennessee (10/24) ... Recorded four solo tackles, including a sack and two tackles for loss and broke up a pass against Rice (10/30) ... Recorded two tackles (one solo, one assisted), including a tackle for loss against North Texas (11/7) ... Recorded six tackles (three solo, three assisted), including two for loss, while being credited for two quarterback hurries against UTEP (11/21) ... Recorded six tackles (three solo, three assisted), including a tackle for loss, while being credit with a quarterback hurry against Southern Miss (11/28) … Registered two total tackles (one solo, one assisted) and was credited with a pass break-up in a 47-28 win over Arkansas State (12/19) in the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl, the first back-to-back bowl win in school history.
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.