Brice Butler (born January 29, 1990) is an American football wide receiver for the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Oakland Raiders in the seventh round of the 2013 NFL Draft.[2] He played college football at USC and San Diego State.

 

 

Early years

Butler attended Norcross (GA) in Norcross, Georgia, where he played football as a wide receiver. As a junior in 2006, he had 35 receptions for 680 yards (19.4 avg.) with 9 touchdowns. His 2007 honors included Super Prep All-American, Prep Star All-American, ESPN 150, Super Prep Elite 50, Prep Star Dream Team, Super Prep All-Dixie, Prep Star All-Southeast and Atlanta Journal-Constitution Super Southern 100 as a senior after totalling 1,186 receiving yards with 15 touchdowns.

Butler also competed in track & field at Norcross. As a sophomore, he participated at the state meet in the 4 × 100 m relay, finishing seventh with a time of 42.54 seconds. At the Region 7-5A Meet, he helped lead his 4 × 400 m relay team to victory with a time of 3:22.82 minutes. He also posted personal-best times of 22.7 seconds in the 200-meter dash and 50.33 seconds in the 400-meter dash as a junior.

College career

Butler accepted a scholarship from the University of Southern California. His best season came as a redshirt freshman, when he recorded 20 receptions for 292 yards and 2 touchdowns, while earning Pac-10 All-Freshman honors. The next year, head coach Pete Carroll left for the NFL and Lane Kiffin was hired to replace him. During his three years with the team, Butler was a backup wide receiver that posted 4 starts, 41 receptions for 554 yards and 3 touchdowns.

After graduating in 2011 with a major in public policy, management and planning, he transferred to San Diego State University to play his final season and enroll in a master's program. He registered 24 receptions for 347 yards and 4 touchdowns.

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
HtWt40‑yd dash10-yd split20-yd split20‑ss3‑coneVert jumpBroad
6 ft 3 in
(1.91 m)
214 lb
(97 kg)
4.37 s1.54 s2.58 s4.40 s6.70 s39 in
(0.99 m)
10 ft 9 in
(3.28 m)
All values from Pro Day[3]

Oakland Raiders

Butler was selected by the Oakland Raiders in the seventh round (209th overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft, after running 4.36 seconds in the 40-yard dash in his pro day workout. As a rookie, he had 9 receptions for 107 yards in 10 games, but didn't have a catch after week 6 and was declared inactive for 5 games. The next year, he registered 21 receptions for 280 yards and 2 touchdowns.

On September 15, 2015, he was traded to the Dallas Cowboys along with a sixth round selection (#189-Anthony Brown), in exchange for a fifth round pick (#143-DeAndre Washington).[4]

Dallas Cowboys

The Dallas Cowboys acquired Butler for depth purposes after Dez Bryant was injured in the season opener. He passed Devin Street on the depth chart as the team's fourth wide receiver. Against the New Orleans Saints he had a 67-yard reception but suffered a hamstring injury in the play, which would limit him for six weeks. He played the majority of the final two games, totaling 8 receptions for 134 yards. His most productive game came in the Week 16 against the Buffalo Bills, making 4 receptions for 74 yards.

In 2016, he worked with the first unit during OTAs while Bryant recovered from a broken foot. He started against the San Francisco 49ers in place of an injured Bryant and scored his first touchdown with the Cowboys. He also started against the Cincinnati Bengals and the Green Bay Packers. He was the team's fourth wide receiver, but suffered through inconsistent play and in some games with untimely penalties.

On March 8, 2017, the Cowboys re-signed Butler to a one-year contract.[8]

Career stats

NCAA

YearSchoolConfPosGRecYdsAvgTD
*2009USCPac-10WR132029214.62
2010USCPac-10WR12911212.41
2011USCPac-12WR111215012.50
*2012San Diego StateMWCWR132434714.54
CareerOverall-WR-6590113.97
CareerSouthern CaliforniaPac 12WR-4155413.53
CareerSan Diego StateMWCWR-2434714.54

NFL

 ReceivingFumbles
SeasonTeamGPGSRecYdsAvgLongTDFumFumL
2013OAK102910311.429000
2014OAK1502128013.355200
2015DAL721225821.567000
2016DAL1631621913.741300
Total4875886014.867500

Personal life

Butler's father, Bobby, played 12 years for the Atlanta Falcons as a defensive back. His brother Brenton played professional basketball with the RSV Eintracht Stahnsdorf of the ProB league in Germany.