Trae Heeter Earns PFL Recognition

INDIANAPOLIS, IND. -- Junior running back Trae Heeter, who who broke two long touchdown runs to help spark Butler's league victory over Dayton, has been named Pioneer Football League Offensive Player of the Week.  He's the second Butler player to be honored by the PFL this fall.

Heeter, the leading rusher in the PFL, rushed for 159 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 23 carries in Butler's 21-11 victory over the Flyers.  He scored Butler's second touchdown of the game late in the third quarter on a 41-yard run that put the Bulldogs up 14-3.

But his biggest run came late in the game, with Butler clinging to a 14-11 lead.  On a third down play, he started a run up the middle, broke to the outside and then sprinted 78 yards for the game-clinching touchdown with just over two minutes remaining.  The 78-yard run was the second-longest of his career, trailing only his 79-yard touchdown run against Campbell one week earlier.

Heeter, who owns the two longest runs in the PFL this season, has rushed for 363 yards and four touchdowns in Butler's last two games.  He's averaging a league-best 111.8 yards per game through Butler's first five games this season.

Earlier this fall, Butler defensive back Sean Grady was named PFL Defensive Player of the Week, following his 15-tackles performance at Western Illinois.

Butler will face its first PFL road game of the season on Saturday, Oct. 6, at Valparaiso.