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Freshman quarterback leads Douglass to 5-1 start

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Photo by Daniel Kucin. Douglass freshman quarterback Devin Butler has amassed a 96 percent quarterback rating and has thrown for more than 600 yards this seaon.

Photo by Daniel Kucin. Douglass freshman quarterback Devin Butler has amassed a 96 percent quarterback rating and has thrown for more than 600 yards this seaon.

Published on: Friday, October 12, 2012

By Daniel Kucin

Douglass quarterback Devin Butler has seen his share of football, but no one has anticipated the impact he has made on one of the most feared teams in the 3A/2A division so far this year.

In his rookie season, Butler has proven that he is prepared and ready to get over the championship hump his team faced last season against Middletown.

The 6-foot-2, 165-pound star can do it all under center and has the ability to make plays in the air or on the ground. Butler has the ability and stature to handle his offensive with efficiency and ease.

The phrase “pick your poison” seems to be fitting for his style of play, but it all can be derived from depth of his running back core and offensive line that makes his job easier and the back of his jersey clean.

Play action passes and deep throws are a part of his repertoire, and he manages to put the ball usually only where his receiver can catch it.

So far this season, he has a quarterback rating of 96 percent and has thrown for eight touchdowns and more than 600 yards. Butler has also rushed for more than 100 yards and a touchdown.

These numbers might not seem too staggering offensive totals, but the way Butler manages the game and the connection he has with his teammates at such a young age is impressive.

“I feel that we can make it to the state championship again, and that we can finish out the season undefeated,” Butler said. “The guys definitely helped me out a lot like Paul (Harris) helped me with his routes and the line helps me with my runs, so I have learned a lot this year.”

Butler also said that Harris has been beneficial to his progression and they spent a lot of time learning together during the summer. They are always looking to stay on the same page both on the field and off, he said.

His play has also lead his team to a 5-1 start, and the Eagles are tied for first place in the division — sharing the lead with perennial powerhouse Gwynn Park.

Perhaps his most notable showing this season was against Archbishop Spaulding, when Butler threw for 202 yards and two touchdowns as well as rushing for more than 80 yards and scoring a touchdown in a hard fought win on opening day.

Douglass head coach JC Pinkney claimed that Butler is the first freshman quarterback that he has ever started, but Pinkney is confident that he has made the right choice putting Butler in the driver’s seat.

“He has learned a lot and he is still learning, but talent wise … he is very talented and that is why he is starting,” Pinkney said. “He is a kid that is blessed with talent and he is confident with his ability, and he is a kid that is resilient. He does a really good job for us.” 

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