Butler, Scheu and Williamson to join Mason at SEC Media Days

July 9, 2014

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Three Commodore underclassmen expected to play key roles this fall - defensive tackle Adam Butler, tight end Steven Scheu and safety Andrew Williamson - will join Head Coach Derek Mason as Vanderbilt representatives at the Southeastern Conference's annual Football Media Days, league officials announced Wednesday

Butler, Scheu and Williamson will appear with Mason on Monday, July 13 before hundreds of media outlets in Hoover, Ala. The Vanderbilt contingent will participate on opening day of SEC Media Days activity along with SEC Commissioner Mike Slive, and representatives from the Florida Gators and Auburn Tigers.

Created in 1985, SEC Media Days has become college football's biggest preseason event, attracting more than 750 media outlets representing newspaper, magazines, radio and television, and web-based outfits.

It will mark the first SEC Media Days appearance for Mason and the three Vanderbilt student-athletes.

Butler, a sophomore from Duncanville, Texas, ranks among the conference's best young defensive linemen. Originally signed as an offensive line prospect, the 6-5, 305-lb. Butler quickly became a force on the interior of Vanderbilt's defense as a redshirt freshman in 2013.

Butler's 16 solo stops and six tackles for loss led all Vanderbilt interior tackles last year. He finished the season with 25 total tackles, forced one fumble, recovered another fumble, and blocked a pair of opponent conversion attempts.

Butler also possesses the versatility to play either tackle or end in the new 3-4 defensive scheme Mason brings to the Commodores from Stanford.

Williamson, a junior from San Antonio, Texas, was one of the Commodores' top performers during Mason's first spring ball on campus. Williamson will be important to the team's success in several ways, including replacing All-Southeastern Conference recipient Kenny Ladler as starting free safety and providing veteran leadership for a Vanderbilt secondary that lacks returning starters.

In 2013, Williamson contributed 20 total tackles and key interceptions in late-season SEC victories over Florida and Kentucky. He also registered a fumble recovery.

Mason's offensive coaches expect Scheu, a junior from Evansville, Ind., to have a larger role in the Commodore offense than in the last two seasons when he totaled 17 receptions for 171 yards and two touchdowns in 13 starts and 24 career appearances.

Vanderbilt's pro-style offense coordinated by former UCLA head coach Karl Dorrell is expected to offer more play-making opportunities for Scheu and other Commodore tight ends.

Continuous coverage of SEC Football Media Days will be available at the SEC's official website, will also be in Hoover, providing an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at the Black and Gold.

SEC Media Days Participants
• Landon Collins, Safety
• Amari Cooper, Wide Receiver
• Christion Jones, Wide Receiver

• Brey Cook, Offensive Guard
• Trey Flowers, Defensive End
• Alan Turner, Safety

• Nick Marshall, Quarterback
• Reese Dismukes, Center
• Gabe Wright, Defensive Linemen

• Jeff Driskel , Quarterback
• Dante Fowler, Defensive End
• Vernon Hargreaves III, Cornerback

• Chris Conley, Flanker
• Todd Gurley, Tailback
• Ramik Wilson, Linebacker

• Bud Dupree, Defensive End
• Jordan Swindle, Offensive Tackle
• Za'Darius Smith, Defensive End

• La'el Collins, Offensive Tackle
• Terrence Magee, Running Back
• D.J. Welter, Linebacker

Ole Miss
• CJ Johnson, Defensive End
• Cody Prewitt, Safety
• Bo Wallace, Quarterback

Mississippi State
• Jay Hughes, Safety
• Benardrick McKinney, Linebacker
• Dak Prescott, Quarterback

• Evan Boehm, Center
• Markus Golden, Defensive End
• Maty Mauk, Quarterback

South Carolina
• A.J. Cann, Offensive Guard
• J.T. Surratt, Defensive Tackle
• Dylan Thompson, Quarterback

• Mack Crowder, Offensive Line
• AJ Johnson, Linebacker
• Curt Maggitt, Defensive End

Texas A&M
• Deshazor Everett, Defensive Back
• Drew Kaser, Punter
• Cedric Ogbuehi, Offensive Tackle

Adam Butler, Defensive Line
Steven Scheu, Tight End
Andrew Williamson, Safety



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