Butcher headed to Northern Iowa

—Photo by Paul DeCoursey Tim Butcher, a Manson Northwest Webster graduate, recovers a fumble against Coffeyville for Iowa Central. Butcher has signed to play football at Northern Iowa.

Playing football on Saturdays has been on Tim Butcher’s mind since he was a kid. For the past two seasons, the Manson Northwest Webster graduate has done exactly that.

Through a lot of effort and hard work, Butcher has put together a resume strong enough to give him two more years of time on the football field.

Just finishing up his sophomore season at Iowa Central, the NJCAA All-American has signed a letter of intent to play for the University of Northern Iowa.

“Choosing UNI was pretty easy,” Butcher said. “I loved what they had to offer.

“I love the atmosphere in the UNI-Dome on Saturdays and I have a lot of buddies that go there, so that’ll be nice to be able to play with them again.”

While walking the sidelines at Iowa Central, Butcher recorded 74 tackles this season, including 8.5 for loss. He recorded 109 tackles in his career.

Playing a tough schedule for the Tritons has Butcher ready for the next step at the FCS level.

“It was actually nice because I’ll be seeing that kind of competition this fall, so I know what to expect,” he said.

Butcher will also get the chance to suit up with life-long friend and former teammate Cal Twait. Twait, also a Manson NW graduate will enter his senior season on the offensive line for the Panthers.

“Getting the chance to play with Cal one last time will be fun,” Butcher said. “We have a lot of good memories on Friday nights, I can’t wait to have more on Saturdays.”

While at the JUCO level, Butcher has had a lot of influences through the years and has built a lot of relationships at Iowa Central.

“I couldn’t have asked for better coaches,” Butcher said. “They have always believed in me and kept pushing me to become a better football player and a person.

“My defensive line coach at Iowa Central was a huge help right when I got there. He helped with getting my technique where it needed to be to be able play at the next level.”

Butcher will be graduating at the end of the semester and enrolling at Northern Iowa, making him eligible for spring practice.

The chance to play in Cedar Falls was a huge incentive for Butcher.

“It’ll be really nice that my family and extended family will be able to make the drive to Cedar Falls,” Butcher said. “They all like watching me play and supporting me.”