Career Summary: Four-year letterwinner who started 34 of the 49 games he played in...Was one of the most impressive of the young Tiger linemen in 2003...Started three games at guard because of an injury to Andrew Handy....Was a starter in all 12 games as a sophomore...Part of an o-line that allowed just five sacks in 2004...Tiger offense also ranked ninth nationally in total offense that season...Played 94 percent of the Tigers' snaps as a sophomore...Opened the 2005 season as the Tigers' starting center after starting the previous two seasons at guard...Started the final two games of the season at right guard because of injury to Andy Smith...Part of an offensive line that allowed just nine sacks in 2005, which led Conference USA...Ended the 2005 season competing in 566 of the team's 836 total offensive plays.
Honors: Named second-team All-C-USA by league coaches and third-team All-C-USA by the media...Invited to play in the Magnolia Gridiron All-Star Classic following the 2006 season...Named the 2006 Offensive Lineman of the Year at the team banquet...Named by CollegeFootballNews.com to its All-C-USA preseason first team in the summer leading into his senior season...Received the Chris Faros Most Improved Award in spring 2004...Named to 2003 C-USA All-Freshman Team.
Notable: Graduated in December 2006 with a bachelor's degree in sport and leisure studies...Is the son of Pittsburgh Steelers assistant coach Keith Butler...His brother, Brandon, is a linebacker at Akron.
2006: Started all 12 games as a senior...Missed only seven snaps in 2006...Part of an offensive line that allowed only 14 sacks in 2006, which led C-USA...Played all 66 offensive plays against Southern Miss...Logged a season-high 79 snaps against Marshall...Participated in all 67 offensive plays against Tulsa...Played in all 59 snaps against ASU...Worked 69 offensive plays against East Carolina...Played in all 68 snaps in the season opener against Ole Miss.
2005: Was the only returning starter on the offensive line for 2005...Played in all 12 of the Tigers' games, starting seven contests...Opened the season as the Tigers' starting center after starting the previous two seasons at guard...Worked the Ole Miss game at center and played 50 of the 67 total plays...Played all 72 offensive plays against Tulsa and UTEP...Participated in all 55 plays against UCF...Moved to offensive guard for the Houston game and saw action in 22 of the offensive plays...Started the final two games of the season at right guard because of injury to Andy Smith...Played just over half of the snaps against Southern Miss, and finished the regular season against Marshall by working all 62 offensive snaps in the Tigers' 26-3 victory...Also played the entire game in the Motor City Bowl against Akron...Was part of an offensive line that allowed just nine sacks in 2005, which led Conference USA...Also helped the offense rank fifth nationally in rushing offense and helped pave the way for All-American tailback DeAngelo Williams to lead the nation in rushing average...Ended the 2005 season competing in 566 of the team's 836 total offensive plays.
2004: Started all 12 games for the Tigers in 2004...Part of an offensive unit that was second in Conference USA in scoring...Memphis was also third in passing, second in rushing and second in total offense in C-USA...Member of a Tiger O-Line that allowed just five sacks in 2004, which led the league...Tiger offense was also ninth nationally in total offense...Played 856 of Memphis' 906 plays...Starter in the season opener against Ole Miss and worked all 87 plays...Worked at offensive tackle against the Rebels...Moved inside for the Chattanooga contest and worked 63 plays at offensive guard...Started the Arkansas State contest at left guard for the Tigers and played all 88 offensive snaps...Worked at guard against UAB and saw duty in all 78 of the Tigers' snaps...Worked all 77 plays against Houston, as well as 60 plays versus Tulane and 56 offensive plays against Cincinnati...Never left the Louisville game, working all 85 plays...Participated in all 82 plays in the victory over East Carolina and closed the regular season with 72 snaps against USF...Saw action in 57 plays in the GMAC Bowl.
2003: The most impressive of the Tigers' young offensive linemen in 2003...Was pressed into service as a starter at guard after an injury to Andrew Handy...Started three games at guard as a freshman...Received the Chris Faros Most Improved Player Award in the spring of 2004...Was named to the 2003 Conference USA All-Freshman Team...One of just three young lineman to work in backup roles in the fall of 2003 and become a starter by the end of the season...Saw his first playing time in the Tennessee Tech game...Had 30 snaps in the win over the Golden Eagles...Appeared in just three plays in the Ole Miss contest and logged 34 snaps in the Southern Miss game...Subbed for both Andrew Handy and Jason Matthews in the Arkansas State game and was involved in over half the plays against Mississippi State...Participated in 47 offensive snaps against the Bulldogs...Was involved in 40 of the team's 72 offensive snaps in the road victory over Houston...Played 30 offensive snaps in the Memphis win over Tulane in the Superdome...Appeared in 45 of the 79 offensive plays in win over East Carolina...Moved into a starting role at halftime of the Louisville game when Andrew Handy suffered a broken leg...Started his first collegiate game against Cincinnati and played all 73 offensive snaps...Was the starter against USF and played 79 of the team's 89 offensive snaps...Starter at offensive guard for the 2003 New Orleans Bowl...Completed the 2003 season participating in 568 of the team's 1000 offensive plays.
2002: Spent his freshman season as a redshirt member of the Tiger offensive line...Worked as an offensive guard in the fall of 2002...Suffered a broken hand at midseason but did not miss any practice time.
Prep: Played offensive and defensive line for Coach Ray Carroscia at Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy outside of Cleveland...Named to the Associated Press Division IV All-State team as an offensive lineman in 2000 and 2001...Was a first team all-district selection in 2000 and 2001...Was named the team's Defensive MVP as a junior...Was the Offensive MVP for CVCA as a senior...Was a three-year all-conference selection in football...Also lettered for two seasons in baseball.
Personal: John Blake Butler is the son of former Tiger All-American linebacker and former Memphis assistant football coach, Keith Butler, and wife, Janet...Father is currently an assistant coach for the NFL's Pittsburgh Steelers...His uncle, Zacky Butler, played for the Tigers from 1974-76...Born September 8, 1983, in Seattle, Wash.