August 28, 2007

Butler battling at new level

As the season fast approaches, one unanimous observation is that the Oregon State defense will once again be strong. With many returning starters and a handful of others who saw considerable playing time in 2006, the strength of the Beavers could very well lie with the defense.

A few years ago, one of the weaknesses of the defense was the defensive line. A new coach arrived last year and by using a heavy rotation has kept his unit fresh while a new strength and conditioning program has them performing at peak levels and has increased their team speed.

One athlete who looks to see additional playing time this year is junior Victor Butler who may be the most athletic defensive end on the Beavers roster. Although technically 'undersized' by defensive end standards, Butler has the speed to make him a dangerous pass rusher, especially on third down possessions.

"Fall camp went pretty well and there are a lot of guys out there working real hard and the team is healthy so that is good," said Butler recently. "Personally, I feel really good. I made some progress from the spring in my pass rushing and on the run play."

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