Brian Hales took over the reins at
Butler (Matthews, N.C.)
last season and endured a baptism by fire. The team lost its season opener to crosstown rival Mallard Creek and was later stunned in the playoffs by Page, 40-26.
Hales has one season under his belt and a wealth of returning talent, and that should equal a deep playoff run in 2012.
Behind center is three-year starter
. The Tennessee commit took over for Christian LeMay as a sophomore and led the Bulldogs to a state title. His favorite weapon, LeMay’s brother Uriah LeMay
, returns and gives Butler a Top 100 recruit lining up on the outside.MaxPreps Preseason Top 25 High School Football Early ContendersJoseph Moody
and Michael McCraughtry
both return on the offensive line, which will need to replace several key starters. Cole Carter
is a good bet to earn a tackle spot.Josh Glisson
will see most of the carries, but don’t be surprised if the youngest LeMay, freshman running back Benny LeMay
, gets some reps.Grant Polofsky
, Corwin White
and Darrin Dubose
will make the Bulldogs’ defensive front a clear strength of the team, while Peter Kalambayi
, yet another Top 100 recruit, will lead Butler’s linebackers.Sean Wiggins
and Todjrei Graham
will make the front seven extremely difficult for opposing teams to deal with.
The secondary returns a trio of starters in Channing Stribling
, Malachi Haynes
and David Moore
“The Bulldogs have a spectacular group of receivers in (now seniors) Channing Stribling and Uriah LeMay plus senior Zach Ferguson (now graduated), and tailback Josh Glisson is as good as you'll find in the area.” - Langston Wertz, Charlotte Observer, during Butler's playoff run last season.