Butler the best, 2017 TSF Kentucky DPOY

Covington Catholic TE/LB Kam Butler (photo by Mitchell Cooke/

Quietly, Covington Catholic senior Kam Butler put together one of the most decorated careers in Colonels football history. The senior added to his hardware by being named the 2017 Kentucky Defensive Player of the Year as TSF paid tribute to the finest from Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky, Dayton and Southeast Indiana at its Year in Review Show on Monday night at the Holy Grail – Banks, downtown Cincinnati. He wreaked havoc for a Colonels defense that allowed just 7.7 points per game on the way to a perfect 15-0 record and the program’s seventh state championship.

The versatile Butler become the first player to ever be named First Team All-TSF on offense as a tight end in ’16 and on defense as a linebacker this past season. He ends his career with more than 230 career tackles, seven interceptions, 20-plus sacks and on offense he hauled in 22 receptions, 373 yards receiving and five touchdowns. Butler will attend Miami (OH) along with teammate AJ Mayer.

Other finalists included three seniors – Grant Dyer (Covington Catholic), Nelson Perrin (Scott), Brayden Trattles along with juniors Adam Derry (Beechwood), Jackson Saladin (Ryle) and sophomore Michael Mayer (Covington Catholic). was founded in 2005 and started its postseason awards in 2007. Butler is the first CovCath player to win the award and the eighth straight from a different school. Here the list of winners of this award all-time:

2017 – Kam Butler (Covington Catholic)
2016 – Derrick Barnes (Holy Cross)
2015 – Marcus Watson (Cooper)
2014 – Branden Johnson (Dixie Heights)
2013 – Nate McCoy (Gallatin County)
2012 – Cameron Fogle (Conner)
2011 – Mikel Reynolds (Boone County)
2010 – Austin Baldwin (Simon Kenton)
2009 – Brandon Roller (Highlands)
2008 – Kody Rosenhagen (Highlands)
2007 – Luke Stein (Highlands)

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