INDIANAPOLIS, IN – The Butler Bulldogs will begin the 2016 football season with a series of 14 practices that lead up to its annual spring game on Saturday, April 16. The practices will start on March 16. Following a 6-5 overall record and a 4-4 Pioneer Football League record, the Bulldogs are looking to their many returners to help lead them to a better 2016 campaign.
There will be good depth at running back with returners such as redshirt sophomore Sam Schrader, redshirt freshmen Anthony Scaccia and John Hall. Schrader, winner of Offensive MVP honors for the 2014 season, suffered an injury three games into the 2015 season. Scaccia was fifth on the team in rushing with 149 yards on 38 carries. He recorded six receptions for 181 yards and one touchdown, an 83-yard scoring strike against Dayton. Hall finished third on the team in rushing with 181 yards for two touchdowns. He recorded four receptions for 61 yards.
Redshirt junior QB Malcolm Weaver, who has seen action at the quarterback position the past few seasons, will lead the group looking to replace graduating senior QB Matt Shiltz. Seeing extensive action in 2014 due to a Shiltz injury, Weaver passed for 1,010 yards and five touchdowns, and rushed for 198 yards and three touchdowns on 62 attempts.
The Bulldogs will also return the team’s Newcomer of the Year in freshman WR Pace Temple. Temple caught 18 passes for 214 yards and four touchdowns. Redshirt junior WR Danny Cotter will also be important in the returning group of receivers. He was second on the team in receiving a season ago with 37 catches for 510 yards and two touchdowns.
Redshirt senior OL Michael Demos missed last season due to an injury, but will return this spring. Demos was on the First Team All-PFL, Second Team Academic All-PFL, and Butler’s Most Valuable Offensive Lineman in 2014.
Junior DE Josh Willis will be an important aspect to Butler’s defense this year. This past season, Willis recorded 26 tackles, including 9.5 tackles for loss, and had a team-best seven sacks.
Redshirt junior LB Sean Horan led the team in tackles last season with 72, including seven for loss, and 1.5 sacks. Horan was named First Team Academic All-PFL and Second Team All-PFL in 2015.
Freshman LB Ryan Perkins, freshman DL Jared Harris, and freshman RB Brad Sznajder will see action this season after being named the Unsung Heroes for their work on respective scout teams.
The spring game is set for a 2 p.m. kick-off at the Butler Bowl on April 16.
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