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#22 Je Ryan Butler
Position: Defensive Back
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 180
Year: Senior
Hometown: Tempe, Ariz.
High School: Marcos De Niza H.S.
Major: Psychology
Experience: 2 Letters
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Je Ryan has played key roles both defensively and on special teams for the Jackrabbits’ back-to-back playoff teams ...  earned a spot on the Missouri Valley Football Conference Honor Roll for academics each of his three seasons in the Jackrabbit program

Earned honorable mention all-Missouri Valley Football Conference honors as a punt returner ... shared team lead with four interceptions ... played in all 14 games, including five starts ... returned interception 39 yards for touchdown in season opener against Butler (Ind.) ... tallied season-high six tackles in back-to-back victories against North Dakota and Southeastern Louisiana ... credited with three tackles and broke up two passes versus top-ranked North Dakota State ... intercepted pass and registered two tackles in win at Western Illinois ... took over punt return duties midway through season and averaged 11.8 yards per return ... named squad’s Special Teams Player of the Week after returning punt 80 yards for touchdown in double-overtime win over Northern Iowa ... returned three punts for total of 60 yards in road win at South Dakota ... shared team’s Defensive Player of the Week award in Football Championship Subdivision playoff victory at Northern Arizona after intercepting two passes ... also returned five punts for 90 yards, including 37-yarder, in successful return to home state

Played in all 13 games, starting seven ... of his 35 tackles during the season, 28 were solo stops ... made four tackles in first career start, versus UC Davis ... also notched four tackles in win over Western Illinois ... named team’s Defensive Player of the Week after recording first career interception in regular season matchup at North Dakota State ... registered career-high eight tackles, two of which were for loss, and added interception and pass breakup in home win over South Dakota ... totaled nine tackles in starting both FCS playoff games

Redshirted ... honored as Scout Special Teams Player of the Week prior to finale against Western Illinois

Earned all-state recognition at two positions under the direction of coach Ray Lopez, receiving first-team accolades as a return specialist and second-team honors as a defensive back at Marcos De Niza High School ... statistics during his senior season included 10 interceptions and seven touchdowns ... also ran on the state championship 4x100-meter relay team in 2009