9 Devon Butler
Returns to the team after sitting out the 2011 campaign while recovering from injuries sustained in an off-the-field incident in April. Enters his junior season with 95 career tackles, including 51 solo stops. Has nine and a half tackles for losses of 42 yards, and four and a half sacks for minus 32 yards. Has one interception for a touchdown and six pass break-ups while playing in 24 games with 13 starts.
2011: Redshirted while recovering from an off-the-field injury.
2010: Played in every game and made 13 starts at middle linebacker for the Huskies. A third-team All-MAC selection. Totaled 80 total tackles with 41 solo to finish second on the team in total tackles, one behind leader Alex Kube. His 4.5 quarterback sacks were second on the team while his 7.5 tackles for loss and five pass break ups ranked third on the team. Intercepted one pass and forced a fumble. Led NIU versus Illinois (9-18) with a career-best 10 tackles, eight solo. Named NIU's Defensive Back of the Week after recording nine tackles, including a half sack and a tackle for loss against North Dakota (9-11). Collected eight tackles and broke up a pass against Minnesota (9-25). Returned an interception 26 yards for a touchdown at Akron (10-2). Tallied five tackles and a pass break-up in the Huskies' season opener at Iowa State (9-2). Added five tackles and a nine-yard quarterback sack against Temple (10-9). Named NIU's Defensive Linemen of the Week after recording four stops, including a tackle for loss, in the Buffalo game (10-16). Made five stops and broke up a pass versus Central Michigan (10-23). Recorded five tackles, including a sack and 1.5 tackles for loss, at Western Michigan (10-30). Totaled six tackles, three solo, against Toledo (11-9). Credited with five tackles, including a half tackle for loss, at Eastern Michigan (11-26) to earn NIU Defensive Back of the Week honors. Made five tackles, including a half sack, against Miami (Ohio) in the 2010 MAC Championship game (12-3). Forced a fumble, tallied 1.5 quarterback sacks and two tackles for loss to go with nine total stops against Fresno State in the 2010 Humanitarian Bowl (12-18).
2009: Saw action in 10 games at linebacker and on special teams, including each of the last seven regular season games. Totaled 15 tackles as a true freshman, including 10 solo stops. Made a career-best six tackles, with three solo stops in the International Bowl game versus South Florida (1-3). Added a season high two tackles for loss in that contest. Credited with three tackles and forced a fumble in the Huskies' victory over Western Illinois (9-12).
High School: Named to the Miami Herald and Sun-Sentinel All-Broward County first team his senior year. Team's defensive MVP garnered first team all conference honors as a senior and second team mention as a junior. Selected to play in the 12th annual NIKE South Florida All-Star Football Game. Recorded 115 tackles, eight sacks, four recovered fumbles, two interceptions, two blocked kicks and scored a school-record six defensive touchdowns as a senior. Tallied 113 tackles with 11 sacks, three blocked kicks and one fumble recovery as a junior. Added 72 tackles with three sacks during his sophomore season, helping his team to a district title. Also played fullback as a junior. Totaled 38 yards on 12 carries with four touchdowns on the ground, and added one catch for one yard and a score.
Personal: Born July 23, 1991 in Englewood, N.J. General studies major. Admires Ray Lewis. Enjoys playing video games and watching movies. Involved with the audio department with the Cornerstone Christian Center.
BUTLER'S CAREER GAME HIGHS
Tackles: 10, at Illinois, 9-18-10
Tackles for Loss: 2, vs. South Florida (International Bowl), 1-2-10
TDs: 1,at Akron, 10-2-10
Int: 1, at Akron, 10-2-10
Sacks: 1.5, vs. Fresno State (Humanitarian Bowl) 12-18-10