Community service

Butler appointed to SEC Community Service Team

01 December 2021

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – The Southeastern Conference Bureau announced Wednesday morning that the Tennessee senior defensive lineman Matthieu butler was named to the 2021 SEC Community Football Service Team.

The SEC appoints a community service team for each of its 21 league-sponsored sports, seeking to highlight an athlete from each school who gives back to their community through superior service efforts.

Nominated for the Wuerffel Trophy and semi-finalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy, Butler is a team manager on and off the field for the Tennessee football program. He has volunteered with numerous organizations and fundraising events during his college career including the Emerald Youth Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, Interfaith Clinic, Race Against Racism, Read to Lead, and East Tennessee Children’s Hospital. Butler was also a member of the VOLeaders Academy 4.0 cohort which traveled to Rwanda for a cultural immersion and service trip in the summer of 2019.

The Raleigh, NC native has chosen to return for his “super” senior season in 2021 and has been a constant presence for the Flights throughout the year. He leads the Tennessee defense line with 43 total tackles and is second on the team with 5.0 sacks and six quarterbacks.

Considered one of the top varsity athletes in the SEC, Butler received his undergraduate degree in December 2020 and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in political science. He is a recipient of the 2021 NCAA Graduate Fellowship, a four-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll, and a three-time winner of the CoSIDA First District Academic Team.