Mountain West Football Top 50: No. 25, Nevada RB James Butler
The former Nevada Wolf Pack star, James Butler, marks the halfway point on our list of the Mountain West’s 50 best football players.
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Butler may be gone from the Mountain West, but he’s certainly not forgotten.
Mountain West Wire’s countdown of the conference’s fifty best football players continues with a unique aberration.
Our staff had voted for James Butler, the former Nevada running back who surprised many by announcing his intent to transfer to Iowa earlier this summer. He’d been the focal point of the Wolf Pack offense in the last couple of years, running for at least 1,300 yards in 2015 and 2016, and finished sixth in the Mountain West last fall with 15 total touchdowns.
As a popular preseason all-conference selection, Butler’s production would be hard for many teams to replace, but his absence may be especially tough for an offense moving to a new system. He left Reno ranked sixth on the Wolf Pack’s career rushing list.