Bulldogs Begin Spring Football Practice

Bulldogs Begin Spring Football Practice
Junior Matt Lancaster (photo by Zach Bolinger)

INDIANAPOLIS -- Butler kicks off five weeks of spring football practice with its first workout at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 20.  The Bulldogs will have 15 practice sessions, which will conclude on Saturday, April 20, the annual Spring Game.

The Bulldogs are looking to build on a championship season.  Butler rolled to an 8-3 campaign in 2012 and finished in a three-way tie with San Diego and Drake for first place in the Pioneer Football League.  The title was Butler's second in four years and third PFL crown overall.

Head coach Jeff Voris has reason to be optimistic about next year's team.  Back from last season's championship squad are first team All-PFL performers Matt Lancaster, Trae Heeter, Jeremy Stephens and Sean Grady.  Lancaster, in his first season as Butler's starting quarterback, was named the Most Outstanding Offensive player in the PFL, while Heeter led the PFL in rushing with 1,103 yards.  Stephens led the PFL's defensive linemen in tackles, while finishing second in the league in tackles for loss, and Grady was third in the conference among defensive backs in tackles.

The Bulldogs do have to replace leading tackler Jordan Ridley, a three-time first team All-League performer, but the team's defense should be stable with eight of the team's top 10 tacklers returning.

Butler will practice in the evenings during the week and on Saturday mornings at the Butler Bowl. The team's Spring Game will be held at the Butler Bowl, starting at 10 a.m.