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2021 Butler Bulldogs Preseason Football Preiew

By Colin Brath, 08/31/21, 11:00AM EDT

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Head Coach

Jason  Luciani

Years on the Job

8 (51-28)

Assistants

Tom Fischer

Dan Arabia

Don Dougherty

Rob Meyers

Pete Wolmart

Connor Walsh

Sean Centinaro

Gary Struble

Returning Starters

Chris Tortola - OL

Matt Smith - OL

Josh Bentley - OL

Josh Emann - OL

Jason Murray - DL

Hayden Ribaudo - WR

Rocco Presti - RB

Kyle Perry - LB

Player's Expected to Step Up

Jayden Lewis - WR

Wyatt Frawley - DB

Alex Jennings - WR

Gavin Huber - DB

What This Team Does Better than Anybody

“Blue-collar, gold swagger.”

Biggest Surprise of the Off-season

How Rocco Presti has improved his speed and strength(6’, 195).  As a sophomore last year he had 45 carries for 243 yards.  Expect big things from our big running back. 

Team Goal

Compete for NJIC Patriot Division title. 

Coach’s Quote About 2021

This is the youngest Butler team since 2014.  We are hoping to gain experience and be competitive. 

Schedule

09-02    Lodi     
09-11    @ Pompton Lakes     
09-17    Park Ridge    
09-24    @ Wallington        
10-01    Wood-Ridge          
10-08    @ Cresskill           
10-16    @ St. Mary     

The Take

The bulldogs will be relying on a log of young talent in the 2021 season but don't count them out as they will still be a dangerous team this year with upset potential written all over them. With a lot of size on the line and returning four starting offensive lineman.  Veteran runningback Rocco Presti and receiver Hayden Ribaudo will be two weapons Coach Luciani will rely heavily on.  The Bulldogs have had a ton of success as a new member of the NJIC the last few years and look for them to continue to be very competitive in the regular season.  As for the postseason, blue and gold will have to navigate past Group I regulars like Park Ridge and Hasbrouck Heights.