The redshirt-freshman quarterback tossed for 301 yards on the day on 25-of-43 passing
Green Wave tally 4.0 sacks among 10.0 tackles for loss, three turnovers and a safety in the victory
Thompson's 124 yards and a touchdown on the ground highlights the Green Wave effort
Freshmen Badie and Lee shine in debuts for Green Wave in 38-31 loss
Career Notes: Three-year letterman has run 70 times for 371 yards (5.3 avg.), caught 25 passes for 156 yards (6.2 avg.) and returned 24 kickoffs for 467 yards (19.5 avg.) while posting three solo tackles...played in 34 games with six starts...enters fall practice in a battle for the back-up running back and fullback positions and will once again be counted on to contribute on special teams.
2013: Played in all 13 games with four starts at fullback as a junior...ranked second on the team in kickoff returns (7) and kick return yards (136), fourth in rushing attempts (24) and rushing yards (146), sixth in all-purpose yards (364) and yards of total offense (146), seventh in receiving yards (82) and tied for eighth in receptions (8)...posted a season-best 75 all-purpose yards after ripping off a career-long 54-yard run and catching one pass for 21 yards vs UTEP (11/23)...ran once for six yards and pulled down a career-long 28-yard pass against Jackson State (8/29)...had 26 yards on four carries at ULM on Sept. 28...added three rush attempts and one reception on two occasions: running for four yards and catching a 16-yard pass at FAU (11/2) and running for seven yards and hauling in an 11-yard toss vs Louisiana-Lafayette in the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl (12/21)...tallied season highs with two kickoffs for 43 yards - including a season-long 24-yard effort - vs South Alabama (9/7)...had one kick return on five occasions: for 18 yards at Louisiana Tech (9/12), for 17 yards at ULM, for 21 yards vs North Texas (10/5), for 19 yards at FAU and for 18 yards at UTSA (11/9).
2012: Saw action in all 12 games with a pair of starts as a sophomore...finished third on the team in rushing attempts (40), rushing yards (157), kickoff returns (5) and kickoff return yards (84), sixth in receptions (17) and yards of total offense (157), seventh in all-purpose yards (315) and ninth in receiving yards (74)...ran for a season-high 42 yards on six carries (7.0 avg.) at Houston (11/24)...had a career-high eight carries for 33 yards at Memphis (11/10)...pulled down a career-best five passes for 17 and 11 yards vs Rutgers (9/1) and at Houston, respectively...had a career-high 21 receiving yards on three grabs vs East Carolina (11/17).
2011: Played in nine games as a true freshman...finished second on the team in kickoff returns (12) and kick return yards (247) while sitting fourth in rushing yards (68) and seventh in all-purpose yards (315)...best day running the ball came at UAB (9/17) when he posted four carries for career-best 60 yards, including a career-long 43-yard run...returned a career-high four kickoffs for a personal-best 95 yards, including a career-long 35-yard return vs UTEP (10/15)...also had three-return efforts for 62 and 56 yards vs Syracuse (10/8) and at Army (10/1), respectively.
High School: Four-year letterman at Brother Martin for coach Mark Bonnins...tabbed a three-star recruit by Rivals.com and ESPN while garnering two-star recognition by Scout.com...listed as the No. 39 overall prospect in the state by Rivals.com, received a scout grade of 75 and ranked No. 121 running back in the nation by ESPN.com, and listed as the No. 125 player at his position nationally by Scout.com...helped the Crusaders go a combined 29-14 with three trips to the playoffs as a prepster and completed his career with a school-record 5,135 rushing yards and 65 touchdowns...tabbed first-team all-state, all-metro and All-District 10-5A as a junior and senior...as a senior, set school single-season rushing record with 2,551 yards and 32 touchdowns on 337 carries (7.6 avg.) while catching four passes for 57 yards...broke his own school single-game record with a 304-yard rushing performance against Rummel during his final prep season, and was selected to play in the Darren Sharper Lake Pontchartrain All-Star Classic...as a junior, ran 200 times for 1,592 yards (8.0 avg.) and 22 scores and hauled in 12 passes for 86 yards...also earned four letters in basketball where he helped the Crusaders win the state title as a junior.
Personal: Born Danté Rene Butler on Aug. 20, 1993, in New Orleans, La...son of James and Leslie Butler...majoring in communications.
Butler's Career Offensive Statistics
Butler's Career Return Statistics