Jake Butt

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Jake Butt
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Butt in the 2018 NFL season.
No. 80 – Denver Broncos
Position: Tight end
Personal information
Born: (1995-07-11) July 11, 1995 (age 23)
Pickerington, Ohio
Height: 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Weight: 250 lb (113 kg)
Career information
High school: Pickerington North
(Pickerington, Ohio)
College: Michigan
NFL Draft: 2017 / Round: 5 / Pick: 145
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 2, 2018
Receptions: 6
Receiving yards: 77
Receiving touchdowns: 0
Player stats at NFL.com

Jonathan "Jake" Duane[2] Butt (born July 11, 1995) is an American football tight end for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Michigan. As a junior, he won the Ozzie Newsome Award. He was selected as a first-team All-American and was named Kwalick–Clark Tight End of the Year in both 2015 and 2016. He won the John Mackey Award given to the top tight end in college football and the Senior CLASS Award in 2016.

High school career

Butt was born in 1995 and raised in Pickerington, Ohio, attending Pickerington High School North. Butt caught 96 passes for 1,361 yards with 20 touchdowns and posted 142 tackles and 20.5 sacks during his high school career. He hauled in 68 receptions for 907 yards with 12 touchdowns as a senior and received AP Division I All-Ohio first-team recognition.[3] Butt attended but did not participate in the Army All-America Game due to injury.[4]


Recruiting service Rivals.com identified Butt as one of the four-star recruits in the 2013 class.[5] On February 19, 2013, Butt announced through Twitter his commitment to the Michigan Wolverines.[6]

College career

Freshman season

Butt enrolled at the University of Michigan in 2013. He made his collegiate debut on August 31, 2013, and made his first career catch for an 8-yard gain in a victory over Central Michigan. On November 16, 2013, Butt caught his first career touchdown on an 11-yard pass from Devin Gardner, helping Michigan secure a win over Northwestern. On November 30, 2013, Butt caught a season-high five passes for 85 receiving yards and a touchdown as the Wolverines lost 42-41 to longtime rival Ohio State.[7] He appeared in 13 games and started eight for the 2013 Michigan Wolverines football team. His playing time increased after Devin Funchess moved from tight end to wide receiver.[8] He finished his first season at Michigan with 20 receptions for 235 yards and two touchdowns and was selected by ESPN.com as a member of the All-Big Ten Conference freshman team.[4]

Sophomore season

The following season, Butt missed the first two games of the season while recuperating from a torn ACL. He made his season debut in Week 3 and caught three receptions for a season-high 59 receiving yards and scored a touchdown on a 29-yard pass from Devin Gardner in a 34-10 victory over Miami University. On November 29, 2014, Butt caught a season-high four passes for 35-yards and a touchdown during Michigan's 28-42 loss to #7 Ohio State.[9] He appeared in nine games in 2014, five as a starter, and recorded 21 receptions for 211 receiving yards and two touchdowns.[4] After Michigan finished the season 5-7, head coach Brady Hoke was relieved of his duties.

Junior season

During Michigan's season-opening 17-24 loss against Utah, Butt made a career-high eight receptions for 92-yards and caught an 8-yard touchdown pass from Jake Rudock. His eight catches was the most by a Michigan tight end since 1995.[10] On November 7, 2015, he finished a 49-16 win over Rutgers with a career-high 102 receiving yards on four receptions.[11] He finished the 2015 season with 51 catches for 654 receiving yards (12.8 yds/catch) and three touchdowns, while starting all 13 games.[12] He was named the Kwalick–Clark Tight End of the Year, was named to the All-Big Ten offensive first-team, by both the coaches and media, and named a first-team All-American by Sports Illustrated and CBS Sports.[13] He also won the Ozzie Newsome Award as the best tight end in college football.[14]

Senior season

Butt in 2016

Butt opted to return for his senior season after considering entering the 2016 NFL Draft. The majority of NFL draft experts and analysts projected him to be a second round pick in 2016.[15] In August 2016, Butt and defensive end Chris Wormley were selected by a vote of their teammates as the team captains for the 2016 Michigan team.[16][17] Through the first three games of the 2016 season, Butt led the Wolverines with 15 receptions, and he was second behind Amara Darboh with 192 receiving yards.[18] During the 2016 season, Butt was the team's second-leading receiver with 43 receptions for 518 yards and four touchdowns, including 29 of those catches that netted a first down. He became both Michigan's all-time leading receiver in yards by a tight end (1,646 yards) and the program's record holder for career receptions by a tight end (136). Following the 2016 season, Butt was named to the All-Big Ten offensive first-team, by both the coaches and media, named a first-team All-American by the Walter Camp Football Foundation, and earned the Kwalick–Clark Tight End of the Year for the second straight season.[19][20] He was also awarded the John Mackey Award, honoring the most outstanding tight end in college football.[21] Butt tore his ACL in the 2016 Orange Bowl game and suffered nerve damage which, prior to physical therapy, had completely immobilized his leg.[22] Butt was named the 2016 Senior CLASS Award winner.[23]

Professional career

Butt was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the fifth round, 145th overall, in the 2017 NFL Draft.[24] He signed a four-year contract with the Broncos on May 12, 2017. He was placed on the reserve/non-football injury list on September 2, 2017 due to the torn ACL suffered his senior year.[25]


  1. ^ "2016 Big Ten Individual Award Winners" (PDF). www.grfx.cstv.com. Big Ten Conference. November 30, 2016. Retrieved December 1, 2016. 
  2. ^ https://twitter.com/JakeButtTE/status/824745059132149760
  3. ^ http://files.denverbroncos.com/resources/custom/Images/email_blast/2018_Denver_Broncos_Media_Guide_a.pdf
  4. ^ a b c "Jake Butt". Mgoblue.com. University of Michigan. Retrieved September 10, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Jake Butt, 2013 Tight end - Rivals.com". n.rivals.com. 
  6. ^ "jbooty on Twitter". 
  7. ^ "Sports-Reference-College: Jake Butt stats". sports-reference.com. Retrieved July 1, 2017. 
  8. ^ "Michigan TE Jake Butt could be biggest offensive weapon". Detroit Free Press. August 13, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Sports-Reference: College: Jake Butt 2014 stats". sports-reference.com. Retrieved July 1, 2017. 
  10. ^ "Michigan tight end Jake Butt is no joke". The Detroit News. September 8, 2015. 
  11. ^ "Sports-Reference: College football: Jake Butt 2015 stats". sports-reference.com. Retrieved July 1, 2017. 
  12. ^ "2015 Michigan Football: Michigan Overall Individual Statistics (as of Jan 01, 2016) All games" (PDF). University of Michigan. Retrieved January 1, 2016. 
  13. ^ "Butt, Lewis, Peppers Earn All-America Honors from SI". MGoBlue.com. CBS Interactive. December 10, 2015. Retrieved December 10, 2015. 
  14. ^ "Past Honorees". Touchdown Club of Columbus. Retrieved September 12, 2016. 
  15. ^ Mick McCabe (July 27, 2016). "Michigan TE Jake Butt: I came back to have a 'special season'". Detroit Free Press. 
  16. ^ Mark Snyder (August 26, 2016). "Michigan football captains: DL Chris Wormley, TE Jake Butt". Detroit Free Press. 
  17. ^ Angelique S. Chengelis (September 1, 2016). "TE Jake Butt: Michigan's leader and best". The Detroit News. 
  18. ^ "2016 Michigan Football Statistics (3-game Totals)". Mgoblue.com. University of Michigan. September 17, 2016. 
  19. ^ "Butt Repeats as Big Ten's Tight End of the Year". MGoBlue.com. CBS Interactive. November 30, 2016. Retrieved November 30, 2016. 
  20. ^ "All-America Honors: U-M Trio on Walter Camp First Team". MGoBlue.com. CBS Interactive. December 8, 2016. Retrieved December 8, 2016. 
  21. ^ "Butt Named Recipient of Mackey Award". MGoBlue.com. CBS Interactive. December 7, 2016. Retrieved December 7, 2016. 
  22. ^ "Report: Michigan's Jake Butt tore ACL in Orange Bowl". 
  23. ^ "Michigan's Jake Butt Selected as the 2016 Senior CLASS Award® Winner for FBS Football". Senior CLASS Award. December 28, 2016. Retrieved January 13, 2017. 
  24. ^ Orr, Conor (April 29, 2017). "Broncos take highly rated Michigan TE Jake Butt". NFL.com. 
  25. ^ Mason, Andrew (September 2, 2017). "Broncos trim roster at deadline". DenverBroncos.com. 

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