James Butler
James  Butler


Bloomingdale, Ill.

High School:
Saint Francis HS

Height / Weight:
5-9 / 210

Running Back



Ten Nevada football players named to Athlon’s preseason All-MW team

Butler, Corbett and Reed named to the first team.


Wolf Pack set to graduate 54 student-athletes

More than 800 student-athletes have graduated in past 11 years.


Record number of Wolf Pack student-athletes earn Academic All-Conference honors

Total of 63 student-athletes from fall sports are honored for academic successes.


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.


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.

SENIOR (2017) - Earned preseason All-Mountain West first team honors from Athlon Sports ... Looks to continue his climb up the all-time rushing list at Nevada, enters the year eighth ... Expected to be one of the premier running backs in the conference after back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing seasons ... Will be more involved in the passing game under the Air Raid offense.

JUNIOR (2016)
– Earned an All-Mountain West honorable mention for the second straight season and was named third team All-MW by Phil Steele … Named the Mountain West Offensive Player of the Week after he ran for a career-high 196 yards on 32 carries and posted four total touchdowns (three rushing, one receiving) in the Pack’s 45-10 season finale win at UNLV (11/26) … Ran the ball 260 times for 1,336 yards, which ranked fourth in the Mountain West, is 27th nationally and is the 12th-most in Nevada single season history … Additionally his 111.3 rushing yards per game ranked fifth in the conference and was 21st in the nation … Registered 15 total touchdowns on the year (12 rushing, three receiving) which ranked sixth in the league and 34th nationally … Averaged 143.08 all-purpose yards per game as well, 18th in the nation and third in the conference … Ran for over 1,000 yards for a second straight season and eclipsed the 3,000 rushing yard plateau for his career … Moved up in the Nevada record books to eighth all-time in career rushing yards (3,313) … His 27 career rushing touchdowns moved him into 10th all-time at Nevada as well … Had a breakout year receiving the ball as he set career highs with 37 receptions for 381 yards and three touchdowns … His season-long reception of 46 yards at San Jose State (10/15) helped him record a career-high 92 yards receiving in a single game … Collected 1,717 all-purpose yards as a junior … Posted six 100-yard rushing performances on the year … Opened the season with a 123-yard game and two touchdowns in the win over Cal Poly (9/2) … His season-long run of 55 yards came in the conference opener at Hawai’i (10/1) where he finished with 168 yards on the ground on 21 attempts … Received the Pack’s Golden Helmet Award as the team’s MVP and was named Nevada’s outstanding offensive player … Named Nevada’s offensive player of the week following the Buffalo, Fresno State, Utah State and UNLV games … Played and started in all 12 games of the season … Began the year on the preseason watch list for the Maxwell Award, earned preseason honors from Lindy’s Sports and Athlon Sports and was a candidate for the Doak Walker Award … Letter winner.

SOPHOMORE (2015) - Earned All-Mountain West honorable mention honors … Played in all 13 games with one start … Rushed 207 times for 1,342 yards and 10 touchdowns … His 1,342 yards on the ground ranks 11th all-time in a single season in program history … Averaged 6.4 yards per carry and 103.2 yards per game … Ranked second in the MW with eight 100-yard rushing performances … Nevada went 7-1 when he eclipsed 100 yards … Ranked fifth in the MW and 23rd 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), Utah State (139) and Colorado State (189) … Led the MW in yards per carry (6.3) among players with at least 50 carries on the season … Set a career-high with 189 rushing yard in Nevada's bowl victory over Colorado State … 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.

PERSONAL - Born James Jeremy Butler on Feb. 19, 1995 ... Son of Cornelia William and James Butler ...Is a communications 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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