November 17, 2013

Trae Heeter Named PFL Player of the Week

INDIANAPOLIS, IND. -- Senior Trae Heeter, who helped Butler wrap up its second consecutive Pioneer Football League championship, has been named PFL Offensive Player of the Week for the final full weekend of league play.  It was the second time this season that the league rushing leader has been honored.

Heeter rolled up 319 all-purpose yards and scored five touchdowns to lead Butler to a 55-27 victory at Morehead State in the Bulldogs' final regular season game.  He scored two touchdowns in the first six minutes of the game to give the Bulldogs a lead they would not relinquish.  Heeter wound up rushing for 180 yards and four touchdowns in the game, and he added 139 yards and another touchdown on five pass receptions.  The 319 all-purpose yards rank seventh on the PFL's single game list for this season.

The former Lawrence North High School running back finished the season as Butler's leading scorer with 96 points.  His 30 points against Morehead State tied the second-highest single game performance in Butler football history.  He topped the PFL in rushing for the second consecutive season, finishing the 2013 campaign with 1,311 yards.  

Heeter also was tabbed PFL Offensive Player of the Week after after rushing for 222 yards and two touchdowns in Butler's 45-27 victory at Jacksonville during the first full weekend of league play.

Butler finished the season with a 9-3 overall record and a 7-1 PFL mark.  The Bulldogs, who shared the PFL title with Marist, are in contention for the PFL's automatic bid to the NCAA Division I FCS playoffs.  The bid will come down to a tie-breaker, which will be announced on Tuesday (Nov. 19).