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First-year running back Ryan Butler to transfer to Stanford

<h5>Butler rushed for 501 yards and 11 touchdowns in his rookie campaign.</h5>
<h6>Courtesy of <a href="" target="_self">@PrincetonFTBL/Twitter.</a></h6>
Butler rushed for 501 yards and 11 touchdowns in his rookie campaign.
Courtesy of @PrincetonFTBL/Twitter.

After finishing 8–2 and coming up just short of the Ivy title in the 2022 season, the Princeton football team is facing a significant loss to its roster.

After just one year with the program, standout first-year running back Ryan Butler announced Friday afternoon on Instagram that he will be transferring to Stanford to continue his college football career. The Cardinals are a major-conference program, but struggled in the 2022 season, finishing 3–9 overall and just 1–8 in Pac-12 play. The 2022 Jerry Rice Award finalist had previously entered the transfer portal on November 25. 


The running back from Plainfield, N.J. set multiple program records during his first season with Tigers, with perhaps the most impressive being his 11 touchdowns on the season, which set the highest mark for first-year rushing touchdowns in team history. He also amassed 501 rushing yards on the season, and earned five Ivy League Rookie of the Week awards. 

In his first collegiate game of his career, he immediately made an impact against Stetson, rushing for two touchdowns and 67 yards in a Tigers victory. In the Ivy League, he had amazing performances against rivals Harvard and Brown in back-to-back weeks, rushing for a total of 178 yards and three touchdowns across the two games. After the season, he was named as a Phil Steele Third-Team All Ivy honoree, as well as being an All-Ivy Honorable Mention. 

Butler did not respond to multiple requests for comment from The Daily Princetonian on his decision to transfer prior to publication. 

Football head coach Bob Surace ’90 declined to comment on the news.

Hayk Yengibaryan is an assistant editor for the Sports section at the 'Prince.'

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