MARTIN, Tenn. – Former University of Tennessee at Martin record-setting wide receiver Jeremy Butler has been chosen to take part in the Medal of Honor Bowl, held on Saturday, Jan. 11 at 1 p.m. at Johnson Hagood Stadium in Charleston, SC.
Butler is the only player from the Ohio Valley Conference and is one of 15 wide receivers invited to the inaugural Medal of Honor Bowl, a premier all-star game featuring some of the nation’s top draft eligible college football players. Executive director Brian Woods determines invitations through on-campus scouting trips, film evaluations and through consultation with NFL scouts and general managers.
Measuring in at 6-foot-2 and 208 pounds, Butler will wear jersey No. 14 for the American squad, led by longtime former University of Maryland head coach Ralph Friedgen. Butler will be joined by players from Football Bowl Subdivision conferences such as the SEC, Big 12, ACC, American Athletic and Pac-12. Butler projects to be a key component of an offense that features Tennessee running back Raijon Neal and Ohio quarterback Tyler Tettleton.
Butler will look to lead the American team to a victory over the National team, who is coached by former Dallas Cowboys, Buffalo Bills and Georgia Tech frontman Chan Gailey.
The Bradenton, Fla. native earned Sports Network All-American second team honors, Associated Press second team All-American and College Sports Madness second team All-American accolades in 2013.
Despite playing only two seasons, Butler etched his name into the Skyhawk record book as one of the most dynamic playmakers in school history. He concluded his career ranking in UT Martin’s top-five lists in 100-yard receiving games (eight, first), touchdown receptions (20, second), receptions (141, third) and receiving yards (1,953, fifth). He also became the second player in program history to post back-to-back seasons of double-digit touchdown receptions (10 in both 2012 and 2013), racking up six multi-touchdown performances in 22 career games at UT Martin.
This past fall, Butler hauled in 90 catches (seventh in Football Championship Subdivision) for 1,203 yards (sixth in FCS ranks) – both of which rank as the best UT Martin single-season totals in those respective categories. He ranked in the top-five in the OVC with 10 touchdown catches (fourth) and 106.67 all-purpose yards per game (fifth) and accounted for at least 90 receiving yards in nine games – seven of which came in OVC play. He recorded 100 or more yards receiving in five contests and registered three multi-touchdown performances against league opposition (Jacksonville State, Austin Peay and Murray State). He tallied season-highs in receptions (11) and receiving yards (171) in the road victory over Austin Peay on Oct. 26.