It’s only fitting that a player from a city named Hollywood is ready be a star.
Redshirt wide receiver Dontavius Butler-Jenkins is from the other Hollywood–the one in Florida–but he has the skill-set to become a star in Pitt’s offense.
Prior to having to take a medical redshirt last year, he had caught the eye of the Pitt staff and many believed he would have been in Pitt’s wideout rotation had he stayed healthy. Butler-Jenkins has a big-body that is able to create space between himself and the defensive back and one of his strengths is going up and making those combative catches.
Butler-Jenkins is aware of the need for one of the young receivers to step up and believes that he can be that guy and has gotten over the disappointment of not being able to play last season.
“I just attacked every day during the season and the off-season the same way and told myself that whatever happened to me was God’s plan and he has something in store for me way bigger than I can even imagine,” said Butler-Jenkins. “I didn’t let myself get down last year and told myself that I’d do whatever it took to get ready and be prepared to contribute this year. It was tough but I worked and I’m ready, so it was worth it.”
Since fans haven’t seen him, I asked Butler-Jenkins what kind of player Pitt fans are going to be getting.
“I believe my biggest strengths are that I’m a very decisive receiver and I believe I can beat you on any route,” said Butler-Jenkins. “I also believe that I have very strong hands and I’m going to block. I’m a receiver with a defensive mindset and I’m very aggressive so those are my strengths and what Pitt fans are going to see from me.”
Butler-Jenkins is a quiet, soft-spoken player that always has a smile on his face. That smile gotten even bigger when I asked him about fellow Florida receiver Shocky Jacques-Louis.
“I can’t wait to play with him. That kid is impressive. I can’t wait to take over with him, I really can’t.”