College: Georgia Tech
Birthday: September 7, 1982
It’s no secret that the Butler did it. Actually, he did it quite often, and when it was all over, there wasn’t much James Butler didn’t do last season for Georgia Tech except to do it all again.
In overtime against Vanderbilt, Butler proved he could kill in the clutch, as his made an interception at the goalline to ensure victory for the Jackets. Against Wake Forest, he made quick work of the Deacons. In just the first half alone, Butler made an interception, forced two fumbles, then blocked a field goal. In his next game against Maryland, he silenced the Terps with 12 tackles and a pair of interceptions in a nip-and-tuck 7-3 win.
In just his first season as a starter, Butler showed in short order that he is more than just tall. He also demonstrated that he possesses the instincts of a top safety prospect, a product of his daily film-watching routine during the season. Butler is big enough to play the run well and quick enough to close on receivers in coverage. His reported 41-inch vertical also means he loses few jump balls.
Most importantly for the Texans, Butler has what it takes upstairs to be the quarterback of a defense. With the team in need of free safety to develop, the Texans will certainly place a premium on what Butler has ready to serve.
(profile written by Keith Weiland
James Butler’s 2003 Stats G TCK PBU INT FF FR 13 119 6 5 3 0 James Butler Home