Former Nevada running back James Butler signs with CFL team

James Butler
James Butler has signed with a CFL team. (File)

A fifth former Nevada player has signed with a Canadian Football League team.

James Butler, who played for the Wolf Pack from 2014-16, signed a contract Monday with the Saskatchewan Roughriders. Butler spent part of last season on the Oakland Raiders' practice squad.

Butler played his senior year with the Iowa after transferring out of Nevada following three years with the Wolf Pack. The 24-year-old rushed 91 times for 396 yards and one touchdown in his lone season with the Hawkeyes. At Nevada, he was named All-Mountain West honorable mention twice and earned the Wolf Pack's Outstanding Offensive Player Award in 2016.

Over his college career, he rushed 699 times for 3,712 yards and 28 touchdowns. He also caught 53 passes for 485 yards and three receiving touchdowns.

Butler joins former Nevada teammate Cody Fajardo with the Roughriders. Also signed to CFL deals are former Wolf Pack running back Don Jackson and linebacker Travis Wilson, both with Calgary; and Lemar Durant, who signed with the BC Lions this offseason. Durant, who spent one season at Nevada, was the Most Valuable Canadian in the 106th Grey Cup as he helped Calgary to the championship last season.

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