Coach: Brian Hales, eighth season (78-19)
2017 Record: 8-3, 6-2 in Southwestern 4A
Returning Starters: Offense, 6; Defense, 8
Butler snapped a string of 12 straight seasons with 10 or more wins, but they won’t stay “down” for long. The Bulldogs have athletes all over the field, an experienced quarterback, a punishing defense and now a chip on their shoulder.
Quarterback Christian Peters took his lumps a little in the beginning of last season, but he found his way into a very nice year. He’s back, much improved and looking for a huge senior send-off.
Quasean Holmes and Jamal Worthy will split carries again. Both are multi-dimensional backs.
Receiver Keyon Lesane will be the Bulldogs’ No. 1 option through the air, but the N.C. State commit will also see plenty of touches in the run game.
Navarreo Rorie and Josh Bailey will also get plenty of balls thrown their way.
The tackles are set with Trey Richburg and Anthony Carter. Brendan Manning is new at center, but he is flanked by Leo Arredondo, who started every game at right guard as a freshman last year.
The left guard and tight end spots were being won in camp.
The Bulldogs are big and physical up front with Traevon Freeman, Raevon Freeman, Amaziah Bell and I’zure Glover as the starters. Richburg, Arredondo and Manning will add depth.
The linebackers are led by Brandon Masone, Holmes, Darius Law and Isiah Burney.
Tyran Jones, Lesane, Jacalyn Morrison and O’Nerian Olive will start in the secondary, but James Payne, Khalid Wilson, Donovan Law and Corey Worthy will all play a lot.
The Bulldogs are searching for a kicker, but they have Lesane and Jones in line to handle the kick returns.