TAMPA – Chris Butash took a step forward this past season for Carrollwood Day.
The 2019 quarterback combined for 24 touchdowns (18 passing, six rushing) and 2,658 total yards (2,088 passing yards and 570 rushing yards) as a junior starter.
Butash called it a successful year as the team got a feel for one another. Even though the Patriots went 2-7 adding 10 new players over the summer, the group will have 18 seniors this upcoming season.
“I am really excited and looking forward to leading the team next year with the same energy and enthusiasm headed into fall camp as I have for spring ball starting in a few weeks,” Butash told Prep Sports Scouting. “I learned that there is always room to improve myself and that football is much more than a game of physicality, as it is a mental game as well.
Being a quarterback is stressful at times, but it ends up being awesome at the end of the day. It’s a good feeling knowing that the guys and coaches trust me to have a huge responsibility: to take care of the football, make the right reads and put points on the board.”
Butash is a student of the game.
“My passion for football is unexplainable. I absolutely love the game and the energy it brings on Friday nights. I play a little bit of safety, and honestly, its pretty fun,” he said. “It’s easy for me to play because I understand the alignments and how to play all coverages from being a quarterback.”
Currently, Butash has offers from Toledo and Seton Hill. He also has interest from Troy, Akron, Western Michigan, Charlotte, FAU, USF, Umass, Temple, Villanova, NDSU, South Dakota State, Northern Alabama, West Virginia, Stanford and Purdue.
He says Troy and Akron are keeping in touch with him a lot lately.
Football all started for Butash in 5th grade. He was a wide receiver and tight end until he moved to quarterback in 7th grade.
“I gained the confidence I have now simply worked my butt off in the weight room and on the field so I know I am prepared for any situation that comes at me during a game,” he said. “I’d also like to credit coach Stephen Garcia, my quarterbacks coach for busting my tail and giving me words of advice to become a more successful student of the game.”
In terms of Butash’s biggest role model that is coach Mark Jones.
“He is the type of man everyone should want to be like when they’re older. The way he carries himself as a head coach, father and brother just makes me idolize him,” Butash said. “He also calls me to make sure everything to alright in my personal life and always reminds me to remain humble and put forth the best version of Chris Butash every day at school and anywhere I go.”
Butash calls playing for Jones something awesome. Jones is entering his third season on the sidelines.
“He [Jones] has helped mold me into the young man I am today on and off of the field,” Butash said. “He shares his football IQ with me, which helps me improve my game.”
Arm strength and running ability are what Butash says are his best attributes. He’s been working hard to improve his footwork and consistency.
The plan for this season is to lead Carrollwood into the playoffs, according to Butash.
“Perhaps a state title sounds great. My goal is 3000 yards and 25 touchdowns,” he said. “Our spring game is May 19th at Bishop McGlaughlin. I workout in the mornings with our strength and conditioning coach, Shane O’ Connor and throw with the receivers and Stephen Garcia after school one time a week and on Saturdays.”
One of the most dynamic players that Butash gets to play alongside is 2020 WR/DB Shelton Quarles Jr., the son of former Tampa Bay Buccaneer Shelton Quarles. Butash says it is a blast to play with him.
“He is definitely always one of the best athletes on the field at all times and I always look forward to him dancing to the music we play during practice,” he said. “We have been playing football together for years and I am excited to see where he ends up in the future, hopefully at the same university as me.”
Late in 2016, Carrollwood Day debuted its new turf football and baseball fields. Butash calls the football field one of the highest quality type of turf on the market. He also added that it doesn’t get as hot as other turfs do.
On top of his football life, Butash has played basketball since the 5th grade, suiting up for the Patriots basketball team the last two years. He has yet to decide if he’s playing basketball as a senior.
As for Butash’s ultimate goal that is to commit to a Division I school, graduate early and pursue his lifelong dream of playing football. He says he plans on majoring in psychology.
A natural athlete who uses his IQ to his advantage, Butash gets the job done with both is arm and legs on the turf. He’s in for a big senior season where he can lead his group to numerous wins.
Favorite players to watch – Tom Brady
Playlist before games – Ragu
Favorite movies – The Longest Yard
Favorite TV shows – Godless
Fun fact that nobody knows – “I ride horses.”
Nickname from teammates or friends – “Booty”
Game film: Butash’s Hudl tape
Photo credit: Photobyali.com
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