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Former Notre Dame CB Devin Butler Transferring To Syracuse For Final Season

Devin Butler, a former Notre Dame cornerback, is heading to Syracuse as a graduate transfer for his final collegiate season.

Butler, a former four-star recruit out of Washington, D.C., played three years at Notre Dame, before a tumultuous summer of 2016, during which he fractured his foot, and then was arrested on two felony charges—battery of a police officer and resisting arrest—after an altercation in a South Bend bar. It should be noted that two witnesses, Butler's girlfriend and the fiancée of fellow Notre Dame player Torii Hunter Jr., disputed the account.

Butler outlined his reasons for choosing Syracuse in an interview with 247Sports' Tom Loy:

"With my situation, I really wanted to go to a program where the coaches would really support me," said Butler. "The Notre Dame coaches definitely supported me, but I just wanted a place were I can re-write my narrative. That's Syracuse. I wanted to put the bad light away and off my name. I wanted a chance to show people I am the man that everyone knows me to be and the man I've always been.

The Orange established a strong offense in year one under head coach Dino Babers, who took over the program after two successful years at Bowling Green, but the defense was a mess, especially in the secondary. SU ranked 117th in the country in passing defense, surrendering over 276 yards per game through the air. Odds are, things will improve in year two, after a rocky transition from Scott Shafer's aggressive blitz-based 4-3 to the Cover 2 base defense of Babers coordinator Brian Ward, and adding an experience corner like Devin Butler should help matters.