July 30, 2009

Grant Hunter Named To Preseason All-America Squad

Butler defensive end Grant Hunter has been named to the second team of the 2009 Football Championship Subdivision Preseason All-America Team by Phil Steele’s ACC & Big East Football 2009 Preview magazine.  Hunter was the lone player from the Pioneer Football League named to the 56-player honor squad.

Hunter, who played his first season with the Bulldogs last fall after transferring from Robert Morris, was a first team All-Pioneer Football League defensive end in 2008.  He led the PFL in quarterback sacks with 14, the second-highest single season total in Butler football history.  He finished second in the league in tackles for loss (18), and he wound up sixth on the team in total tackles (42).

The 6-3, 230-pound defensive lineman started all 11 games in his first season at Butler.  He was named Butler’s Defensive Top Dog (MVP, picked as the Bulldogs’ Lineman of the Year and was tabbed as the team’s Newcomer of the Year.

Hunter is one of 16 starters returning from last year’s Butler squad, which posted a 6-5 record and finished in a tie for fourth place in the PFL.  The six victories were the most by a Butler football squad since 1997.  The Bulldogs will report for fall camp on Monday, August 10, to begin preparing for the team’s season-opener at home against Albion on Sept. 5.