A dependable two-year starter at cornerback... has improved every season... Tech's most experienced corner... a consistent player who has rarely missed practice time because of injuries... an athletic player with good speed and agility... played as a true freshman in 2007, seeing limited action and playing on special teams ... named to the ACC Academic Honor Roll for 2009-10.
Enjoyed the best season of his career to date... started all 14 games... recorded 45 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, three pass break-ups and two interceptions... recorded five tackles, a tackle for loss and a pass break-up against Iowa in the FedEx Orange Bowl (Jan. 5)... recorded career-highs for tackles (8) and had 1.5 tackles for loss vs. Wake Forest (Nov. 7)... had four solo tackles and recorded his second interception of the season, his third career INT, at Mississippi State (Oct. 3)... recorded five solo tackles and a tackle for loss vs. North Carolina (Sept. 26)... had four solo tackles and six total tackles at Miami (Sept. 17)... recorded his second career interception when he picked off a Kyle Parker pass against Clemson (Sept. 10).
Improved week to week as a starter at cornerback... had 41 total tackles, including 33 solo tackles... had one interception, four pass break-ups and 3.5 tackles-for-loss...recorded five tackles and a pass break-up vs. LSU in the Chick-fil-A Bowl (Dec. 31)... registered three tackles and a pass break-up at 13th-ranked Georgia (Nov. 29)... had three solo tackles in the win over No. 23 Miami (Nov. 20)... recorded three tackles, two solo tackles and broke up a pass at North Carolina (Nov. 8)... broke up a pass, had five tackles and four solo tackles in the win over Florida State (Nov. 1).. recorded three tackles and a tackle-for-loss at Clemson (Oct. 18)... had two tackles-for-loss and four solo tackles vs. Duke (Oct. 4)... recorded four solo tackles vs. Mississippi State (Sept. 20)... had three tackles, including two solo tackles and a half tackle-for-loss at Virginia Tech (Sept. 13)... recorded his first career interception at Boston College (Sept. 6)... an athletic player with good speed and agility.
Played in all 12 regular season games... credited with three tackles on the season -- all solo tackles... made a career-high three unassisted tackles in the Samford game (Sept. 8).
Rated the No. 62 prospect in Florida by Scout.com... also among the Florida Top 100 by Rivals (No. 76) and SuperPrep (No. 73)... ranked No. 34 nationally among cornerbacks by Rivals... PrepStar all-region selection . . . Named to the Florida Times-Union Super 24 . . . Coached by Craig Howard at Nease High School . . . Helped his team reach the Class 4-A state title game.
Full name is Mario Antoine Butler ... Born October 20, 1988 ... Son of Lisa Lockwood and the late Jeffrey Butler ... Majoring in management.
Tackles: 8 vs. Wake Forest, Nov. 7, 2009
TFL: 2.0 vs. Duke, Oct. 4, 2008
FC: 1 vs. Virginia, Oct. 9, 2010
FR: 1 vs. Virginia, Oct. 9, 2010
INT: 1, four times, last vs. Duke, Nov. 20, 2010
Longest INT Return: 85 vs. Duke, Nov. 20, 2010
PB: 2 at Virginia Tech, Nov. 4, 2010