Oregon Ducks defensive back Ben Butterfield, a redshirt senior from Sherwood High School (Sherwood, Oregon), enters his fifth season in the Oregon program.
Before joining the Ducks, Butterfield played three seasons of varsity football in the OSAA 5A division. Butterfield was offered a walk-on spot and took it. He joined his older brother Brian on the team.
In 2009, Butterfield spent his first season in Eugene redshirting while helping out with scout team duties. Butterfield was twice voted scout team special teams player of the week in wins over UCLA and Washington.
In 2010, Butterfield began his career for the Ducks at wide receiver and started the 2010 Spring Game at wide receiver for the white team. He did not record any statistics during the season.
In 2011, Butterfield played in nine games for the Ducks at wide receiver and on special teams. A knee injury cost him the remainder of the season. Through nine games Butterfield recorded two catches for five yards as well as seven tackles (five unassisted, two assisted).
In 2012, Butterfield made the transition for the Ducks from offense to defense. He also continued his work on special teams, finishing the season with 10 tackles (four unassisted, six assisted), one forced fumble and one recovery seeing action in all 13 games. He also had one catch for 11 yards in the opening week of the season against Arkansas State.
Butterfield saw extensive action in the 2013 Oregon Spring Game, recording four tackles (three unassisted, one assisted). He also was able to earn a scholarship by head coach Mark Helfrich.
Going into the 2013 season, Butterfield will see some time on defense, but he’s become one of the most important coverage men on special teams. That’s where the bulk of his impact will be.