WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University football team had two players - junior linebacker J'V'on Butler (Melbourne, Fla./Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy) and sophomore defensive lineman Khristian Tate (Warner Robins, Ga./Covenant Academy) - selected to the 2017 Patriot League Football Preseason All-League Team. Additionally, the Hoyas were selected to finish in a tie for sixth place in the Patriot League in 2017.
Butler had a breakout sophomore season for the Hoyas in 2016, leading the defense with 87 tackles, including 43 solo takedowns. He also tied for the team lead with two forced fumbles and was fourth with 5.5 TFL. He also chipped in 1.0 sacks, one interception, one fumble recovery, three quarterback hurries and five pass breakups. On four occasions in 2016, Butler registered a career-high 11 tackles. He had 11 takedowns, with eight solo tackles, and a forced fumble on Nov. 12 against Bucknell and intercepted a pass against Lehigh on Oct. 15. Butler earned Patriot League Honorable Mention selections on Oct. 17 and Nov. 14.
Tate quickly became a force for the Hoyas in his freshman season, ranking second in the entire FCS, behind only teammate Hunter Kiselick (C’17), with three blocked kicks. All three of his blocks were on punts as Georgetown tied for the national lead with eight blocked kicks overall. Tate had punt blocks against Harvard, Fordham and Lafayette. The freshman defensive lineman also had 22 total tackles, 5.0 TFL and 1.5 sacks on the season. He had a career-high eight tackles and a sack against Lehigh on Oct. 15. He was named the Patriot League Rookie of the Week on Oct. 31 and earned an honorable mention selection on Oct. 24.
Georgetown, which was picked to finish in a tie for sixth place in the conference alongside Lafayette, will open the 2017 season on September 9 at Campbell. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m.