What a disappointing way for Jake Butt to end his Michigan career.
Coach Jim Harbaugh said the senior tight end may have injured his MCL or ACL against Florida State during the Wolverines’ 33-32 loss in the Orange Bowl on Friday night.
Jim Harbaugh said of injury to TE Jake Butt "not sure yet, MCL or ACL."
— Rachel Lenzi (@RLenziCMG) December 31, 2016
Butt is out of eligibility and will enter the 2017 NFL Draft, where he could be taken in the first two rounds, health permitting. Much has been made this postseason of the decisions by players such as LSU RB Leonard Fournette and Stanford RB Christian McCaffrey to sit out bowl games to avoid injury on the eve of beginning their pro careers.
Butt took to Twitter late Friday to address that issue, in light of his injury.
never once crossed my mind to sit this game out and I would never change that mindset. I play this game bc I love it, my teammates, coaches
— jake butt (@JBooty_88) December 31, 2016
Butt left the game Friday night in the first quarter with what appeared to be a leg injury. He limped off the field under his own power and gave a thumbs up to the crowd.
Butt made 43 catches for 518 yards and 4 touchdowns this regular season en route to the John Mackey Award, given to the nation’s top tight end. He was nearly a consensus first-team All-American and won the Senior CLASS Award, given to an athlete who excels in the classroom, community, in character and on the field.
Butt caught 138 passes for 1,646 yards and 11 touchdowns in 49 career games including the Orange Bowl.