Vanderbilt defensive lineman Adam Butler has been on of the most productive members of the Commodores front seven. Currently, he’s second on the team with 5.5 tackles for loss and third with 2 sacks.
But if Butler’s career had gone the way he anticipated when he arrived at Vanderbilt in 2012, he never would have recorded a tackle. Instead, he would have been trying to prevent them as a member of the offensive line. On Tuesday, Butler met with media including Cutler Klein of the Vanderbilt Hustler, and recalled how a rib-eating contest at the end of the 2012 season resulted in a switch to the defensive line.
— Cutler Klein (@CutlerKlein) November 15, 2016
While it’s not that uncommon for position changes early in a guy’s career, especially between the offensive and defensive lines, it’s not often that one is inspired by a food-eating contest.
Four years later, Butler is now just three tackles away from having 100 on his career.
The Commodores host Ole Miss for an 8 p.m. kickoff on Saturday. Currently 4-6, Vanderbilt can become bowl eligible for the first time since 2013 with wins over the Rebels and Tennessee over the season’s final two weeks.