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Steelers select Crezdon Butler in fifth round

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Crezdon Butler

Cornerback

Clemson Tigers

6:00.0-191

Asheville, N.C.

Asheville High School

5th Round – 164th Overall

OVERVIEW

Three-year starter at cornerback...Clemson ranked in the top 15 in the nation in pass defense all three years he was a starter...started each of the last 40 Clemson games…his streak was second-longest in Clemson history for a cornerback...Tigers finished in top 25 in two of those three years and won 26 games over that time...tied for second in Clemson history in career interception return yards with 243...just 33 interception return yards short of Rex Varn's career record...had 63-yard interception return against Nebraska in 2009 Gator Bowl...tied for third among active ACC players in career interceptions with 11 at the end of his career...played in each of the last three Clemson bowl games...had five tackles against Auburn in 2007 Chick-fil-A Bowl...had three tackles against Nebraska last year and finished with three stops in the win over Kentucky in 2009 Music City Bowl...played in four bowl games and started three...on 2009 preseason Thorpe Award list...broke Charlie Justice's Asheville High School career rushing record with over 5000 yards....tied for team lead in interceptions with four in 2007...had interception against Georgia Tech when Clemson secondary held Calvin Johnson without a reception for the only time in his career in 2006...first-team freshman All-ACC according to The Sporting News.

2009 SEASON

Honorable mention All-ACC selection at cornerback...had just one interception in 2009, but did not have many opportunities as quarterbacks have thrown away from him much of the year...had 36 tackles, including 27 first hits...had a sack and 10 passes broken up for 11 total passes defensed...had 32 career passes defensed on 21 PBUs and 11 interceptions for his career...had his only interception against Coastal Carolina...had at least one PBU in eight straight games at one point in 2009 season...had big role in Clemson's win over Florida State, he had career-high 10 tackles in that game...had sack against Maryland, his only sack of the year...a big reason Clemson finished sixth in the nation in pass defense, 10th in forcing turnovers, 20th in total defense and 25th in scoring defense.

2008 SEASON

Starting cornerback in every game...his 142 return yards were third-most in Clemson history; he enhanced those numbers with a 63-yard interception return against Nebraska in the Gator Bowl; he also had three tackles, one tackle for loss, and one pass breakup...sixth on the defense in tackles (52); big reason Clemson was in the top 10 in the nation in scoring defense and passing defense...11th in the ACC and 53rd in the nation in interceptions per game...third in tackles among ACC starting defensive backs...had a season-high eight tackles and an interception against N.C. State...had four tackles and a 48-yard interception return against S.C. State...had six tackles and two pass breakups at #21 Wake Forest...had perhaps his best all-around game at Virginia when he had seven tackles, all first hits, a tackle for loss, and a 31-yard interception return; that was a key play in the game, as the interception set up a field goal that put the game out of reach...had three tackles, his first career sack, and a caused fumble in 50 snaps against South Carolina...had the first two punt returns of his career in 2008, one for 15 yards against The Citadel and a 12-yard return against Duke.

2007 SEASON

Seventh on the team in tackles (61)...started all 13 games...had three interceptions, third-most on the team, including one each against Furman, Maryland and #21 Auburn...had at least four tackles in 10 games...had a recovered fumble against Central Michigan...had nine special teams tackles...had nine tackles against Furman...had eight tackles at Georgia Tech and seven against Louisiana-Monroe.

2006 SEASON

First-year freshman cornerback who tied for the team lead in interceptions (3)...had two interceptions for 35 yards against Louisiana Tech, the first Tiger freshman to record two interceptions in a game since 2002 and fifth Tiger freshman to tally two interceptions in a game...first-team freshman All-ACC by Sporting News...had a recovered fumble, giving him a team-tying-best four takeaways...had 34 tackles...did not start a game, but played 12 games on defense...played at least double-figures in snaps in each of the last seven games...averaged 22 snaps in the last seven games...had seven tackles in 30 snaps (both season-highs) against Temple...had five first hits, two interceptions, and one pass breakup against Louisiana Tech...had four tackles and an interception against #13 Georgia Tech.

HIGH SCHOOL

First-team all-state by the Associated Press at Asheville High School...#14 cornerback in the nation by Rivals.com...#4 prospect in North Carolina by Rivals.com...three-time all-conference pick...Shrine Bowl selection...had 62 tackles, seven interceptions, eight pass breakups and two caused fumbles as a senior...rushed for 1,435 yards and 16 touchdowns as a quarterback...threw for 750 yards and five touchdowns...led his team to the AAA state title as a senior...MVP of the state title game with five tackles, a caused fumble, interception, and 70-yard, game-winning touchdown pass...all-time leading rusher at Asheville High with 5,030 career yards, breaking the 63-year-old record of Choo-Choo Justice (4,005)...had 60 rushing touchdowns and 12 interceptions in his career...high school team had a 52-6 career record...also ran track.

PERSONAL

Sociology major…born May 26, 1987.

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