James Butler
James  Butler


Bloomingdale, Ill.

High School:
Saint Francis HS

Height / Weight:
5-9 / 210

Running Back



Butler wins Pack’s Golden Helmet Award as team MVP

Junior RB also is team's Outstanding Offensive Player


Nevada places five on All-MW teams

Austin Corbett and Malik Reed represented on the second team, while James Butler, Wyatt Demps and Asauni Rufus grab honorable mentions.


Butler named MW Offensive Player of the Week

This is the second weekly conference honor for Butler in his career.


Butler scores 4 TDs in Nevada's win over UNLV


Nevada football to paint Fremont Cannon on Sunday

Public invited to public ceremony at 1 p.m. in front of student union


Purdue 24, Nevada 14

Photos from Nevada @ Purdue on September 24, 2016.


Nevada Wins Arizona Bowl, Edges Colorado St. 28-23

The Wolf Pack emerged victorious in a hotly contested, back-and-forth game.


Nevada 30, Fresno State 16

Photos from Nevada @ Fresno State on Nov. 5, 2015.


Nevada vs. Hawaii, 30-20

NCAA Football: Nevada squares off against Hawaii at MacKay Stadium.


Nevada vs. New Mexico

The Wolfpack welcomed the Lobos for a MWC matchup on Saturday night.

Junior (2016):
Named to the preseason watch list for the Maxwell Award and Doak Walker award while also earning preseason all-conference honors from Lindy’s Sports and Athlon Sports … Looks to continue his climb up the all-time rushing list in the program record book … Expected to be the Pack’s feature back after spending the last two season backing up Don Jackson … Comes off a career season where he ranked 25th in the nation in rushing yards and earned All-Mountain West honorable mention accolades.

Sophomore (2015):
Earned All-Mountain West honorable mention honors … Played in all 12 games in the regular season with no starts … Rushed 183 times for 1,153 yards and eight touchdowns … Averaged 6.3 yards per carry and 96.1 yards per game … Ranked tied for second in the MW with seven 100-yard rushing performances, while Nevada went 6-1 when he eclipsed 100 yards … Ranked fifth in the MW and 39th in the nation in rushing … Became the 18th player in program history to eclipse 1,000 rushing yards in a single season … Became the first sophomore to eclipse 1,000 rushing yards in a single season at Nevada since Vai Taua in 2008 … Was one of 22 underclassmen (freshmen or sophomore) in FBS to eclipse 1,000 yards rushing in the regular season … Along with Don Jackson, became just the third running back duo to eclipse 1,000 yards rushing in the same season in program history … Eclipsed 100-yards rushing against Texas A&M (107), Buffalo (177), New Mexico (145), Hawai’i (134), Fresno State (122), San Jose State (119) and Utah State (139) … Led the MW in yards per carry (6.3) among players with at least 50 carries on the season … Earned his first career MW Player of the Week honor after rushing 18 times for 122 yards and one touchdown in Nevada’s win at Fresno State … Tallied a career-high 177 rushing yards in Nevada’s win at Buffalo with a 91-yard rush … Matched a season-high with two rushing touchdowns against Hawai’i and Utah State … Was named Nevada’s offensive player of the week after wins against Buffalo and Hawai’i … Also caught seven passes for 44 yards … Letter winner ... 2015 Academic All-Mountain West.

Freshman (2014): One of three true freshman on the team to play in all 13 games in 2014 ... Ranked third on the team in rushing yards (635) ... Posted 140 carries, 635 yards and five touchdowns ... Averaged 4.5 yards per carry ... Ranked third in the Mountain West in rushing by a freshman and 16th overall ... Posted two 100-yard rushing efforts with 103 yards and a score against San Diego State and a season-high 116 yards in Nevada's rivalry win over UNLV ... Scored touchdowns in his first two collegiate games with one score against Southern Utah and another vs. Washington State ... Recorded his first career multi-touchdown game with two rushing TDs in the Pack's victory at BYU ... Earned a career-high 21 carries in victory at Hawai'i ... Also caught five passes for 13 yards on the season ... Helped Nevada's offense average over 200 yards on the ground per game and rank fifth in the MW in rushing offense ... 2014 Academic All-Mountain West.

High School
From Saint Francis High School in Wheaton, Ill. ... Was a first-team all-state selection in 2013 after rushing for 1,185 yards and 19 touchdowns on 138 carries ...Also earned all-area and all-conference honors in addition to being named the conference MVP ... Also attended Bartlett (Ill.) High School, where he rushed for 933 yards and 16 touchdowns in 2011 ... Earned a total of three letters in football and also lettered in lacrosse and track and field.

Born James Jheremy Butler on Feb. 19, 1995 ... Son of Cornelia Williamd and James Butler ... Is a pre-business major ... Along with two friends, start a summer sports camp, "JRJ Sports Camp" to help underprivileged children ... Also recruited by Purdue, Temple, Indiana and Eastern Illinois.

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