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72 Lance Butler
  • Offensive Guard
  • 6-7, 298
  • 2001-05, 4L
  • Lexington, N.C. (West Davidson HS)

Signed a free agent contract with the Cleveland Browns in 2006…A four-year starter at guard who has also played tackle…Saw action in 40 games and started 34 which includes a streak of 28-straight to finish his career…Completed undergraduate coursework in December 2005…

2005: Started at right tackle in all 12 games…Secured his highest grade with an 80 percent rate against Vanderbilt…Graded out at 79 percent in the 49-28 victory over Kentucky…Played 59 snaps and graded 75 percent against Georgia…

2004: The starting left guard with starts at left tackle against Georgia and Vanderbilt…Started every game, seeing the field for 669 snaps, ranking him third on the team…UF's "Lineman of the Week" vs. Arkansas and Middle Tennessee State…Graded out at a season-high 90 percent vs. Middle Tennessee State…Named UF's "Best Pass Protector of the Week" at Vanderbilt while grading out at a team-high of 87 percent…Recorded season-high five knockdowns vs. Eastern Michigan and at Tennessee…Also a member of the extra-point and field goal teams….Earned the Offensive Best Effort Award at the conclusion of 2004 Spring drills…

2003: Played in all 13 games and started 10 games (Miami, FAMU, Tennessee, Kentucky, Ole Miss, LSU, Vanderbilt, South Carolina, FSU, Iowa) at right guard…Ranked second on the offensive line with 860 plays…Recorded the most knock downs in a game twice, named Offensive Lineman of the Week once and Most Physical twice in the 2003 season…Recovered a fumble and finished with seven knockdowns, tied for second-highest total on the team, in the win over No. 4 Georgia…Posted a team-high eight knockdowns against Kentucky and had the second highest grade of any Gator offensive lineman…Graded out at an impressive 80 percent, while posting a team-high 10 knock downs against San Jose State…Recorded first start of his career at right guard against Miami and saw action on 71 plays on the night…Graded out at 82 percent, had five knock downs and played four different positions vs. FAMU…Second on the team with seven knock downs against Tennessee…Named the Offensive Lineman of the Week after the Florida A&M game…Named Most Physical Offensive Lineman of the Week against LSU, posting five knock downs while seeing action on 74 offensive snaps…Named Most Physical Offensive Lineman of the Week against Vanderbilt…Also played on extra point and field goal teams…Named Most Improved Player on Offense at the conclusion of 2003 spring drills…

2002: Backup at tackle…Saw action in three games (UAB, Tennessee, Kentucky) for 16 plays… Saw a career-high nine snaps vs. UAB on offense…Dressed for every game except Georgia… Played on extra point block protection against Tennessee and Kentucky…

2001: Worked with the scout team at offensive tackle and was redshirted…

PREP: A standout offensive lineman from North Carolina who earned 2000 prep All- America honors…Received All-America honors from PrepStar and that publication ranked him among the top three offensive linemen in the Atlantic region…Ranked among the nation's top 25 offensive tackles by National Bluechips and that publication named him to its All-America team… Ranked among the top 10 players overall, and the top offensive linemen, in the state of North Carolina by SuperPrep…Ranked…among the top three offensive linemen in the Mid-Atlantic region by Prep Football Report…A first-team All-State selection…A three-year starter on the offensive line (sophomore and junior at guard and tackle as a senior) who was also the starting center on the West Davidson high school basketball team…An outstanding student who was a member of school's Beta Club (must have at least a 3.6 GPA for membership)…Also visited Kentucky, East Carolina and NC State…High school coach was Barry Mitchem…

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