2008 first team All-Pac-10, 2008 Sun Bowl Defensive MVP
others say: Oregon State
head coach Mike Riley - "He's one of those hybrid-type
players who can run with people and do some things athletically that you
don't think about with defensive linemen. He is truly one of the best
examples of development, ever, in our program. Vic is a special guy and
a special player. It was fun to watch him grow into the player he is.
He was the heart-and-soul guys of our team; a cornerstone."
Career synopsis: At just
235-pounds Victor Butler gave away at least 40 pounds to the
offensive lineman he lined up against every week, but it didn't matter
as he went on a sack spree his junior and senior years.
Butler played as a true freshman and
sophomore primarily on special teams before exploding onto the scene as a
junior. With a lightning quick first step and closing speed to boot Butler
came off of the bench and led the team with 10.5 sacks in 2007.
As a senior he easily transitioned into an
every down player tying the school record for sacks in a year (12) and
forced fumbles (4) while setting the school record for tackles for loss
(21.5) in a season.
just 14 games in his career Butler, a co-team captain in 2008, finished his career as the school's
second all-time sack leader (25.5) and fourth all-time tackles for loss
One of his more memorable moments came in
the 2008 Sun Bowl when he dominated the Panther offense grabbing 11
tackles, including five tackles for loss and four sacks. His five
tackles for loss in a game is the second most in a single game in school
history while his four sacks tied a school record.
Before the game on his eye black he penned
FEAR under his right eye and ME under his left eye - Pittsburgh, and the
nation, got the
message loud and clear.
Career statistics: 118 tackles,
39.5 tackles for loss, 25.5 sacks, six forced fumbles, four pass
breakups, one interception