Tennessee DL Headed To NFL Combine

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    Tennessee defensive lineman Matthew Butler accepted an invited to the NFL Combine, the super senior announced on Friday.

    Butler either hasn’t received or hasn’t accepted an invite to next month’s Reese’s Senior Bowl like fellow teammates Theo Jackson, Alontae Taylor and Cade Mays. However, the Raleigh, North Carolina native is the first Vol to earn an invite to the NFL combine.

    The interior defensive lineman played in 53 games collecting 152 tackles in his five years in Knoxville. Butler was a consistent contributor his last three years at Tennessee but like so many seniors had his best season during his final campaign.

    Butler totaled 47 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss and five sacks during the 2021 season, doubling his career tackle for losses and sacks.

    The 6-foot-4, 295 pound lineman graded out as Tennessee’s third best defender according to Pro Football Focus. Perhaps the most impressive part of Butler’s final season was the number of snaps that the super senior played. Butler’s 664 snaps averaged out to just over 51 snaps per game. Tennessee only had one other defensive lineman play more than 400 snaps over the course of the season.

    Butler became a fan favorite in his final season both for his strong play and antics with the media off the field — from bashing Vanderbilt to pushing he and his teammates NIL deals.

    The multi-year starter heads to Indianapolis on March 1 for the 2022 NFL combine.

    Ryan Schumpert is a senior at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville who has covered University of Tennessee athletics since the moment he stepped on campus. He just completed a three-year stint with the Daily Beacon, the last two of which as the Sports Editor. Ryan also spent last three years at Volquest providing strong Tennessee baseball coverage of Tony Vitello's resurgent program. While the bulk of Ryan's responsibilities involved beat coverage and writing, he also recorded podcasts for both the Beacon and Volquest. Did we leave out the part about Ryan interning for the Smokies? Ryan's work ethic, versatility, and strong writing skills are but three of the reasons why Vol Nation will be hearing from Ryan for years to come.