Matthew Butler



Experience: R

Height: 6-4

Age: 23

Weight: 295 lbs

College: Tennessee



Coming out of Garner Senior High School in Raleigh, Butler was a four-star recruit who expected to make an impact on the Volunteers right away. He played in eight games as a true freshman (four tackles) then came off the bench again for nine contests in 2018 (13 tackles, one for loss). Butler earned more playing time as a junior, starting four of 13 games (45 tackles, three for loss with 2.5 sacks, two pass breakups). He started all 10 games of the 2020 season and posted 43 tackles, three for loss with two sacks. In 2021, Butler set career-highs with 47 tackles, 8.5 for loss and five sacks in 13 contests (12 starts). He was also named a second-team Academic All-American by sports information directors. -- by Chad Reuter