Jake Butt picked up some more hardware on Wednesday, and the Orange Bowl is still two days away.
The Wolverines tight end won the Senior CLASS Award, given to the most outstanding student-athlete who excels in in the community, classroom, with character and in sports. The award, which stands “Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School,” is voted on by coaches, media members and fans.
Butt earlier this season won the John Mackey Award as the nation’s top tight end.
“This award means a lot — just to be nominated with these other nine finalists has been an honor,” Butt said in a release. “I really don’t think there is one winner of this award. Everyone wins by giving back to their communities and making a difference and an impact off the field, in the classroom and on the field, too. The real winners are the people whose lives we can make an impact on off the field.”
— Michigan Football (@UMichFootball) December 28, 2016
Before Butt’s win, former Michigan QB Devin Gardner was the Wolverines only other finalist (2014).
As noted in Michigan’s release, Butt volunteers at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor. He also helped his hometown of Pinkerton, Ohio, fight heroin overdose by participating in a 5K. Proceeds went to families and those affected.
On the field, Butt has been a top target in the Michigan offense the last two seasons:
- 2016: 43 catches, 518 yards, 4 TDs
- 2015: 51 catches, 654 yards, 3 TDs
“We are extremely proud of his achievements on the field, in the classroom and in the community,” Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh said in the release. “He is passionate about being a role model for today’s youth and takes that responsibility very seriously. We couldn’t be happier for Jake and his family on being named the Senior CLASS Award recipient.”