Pitt wide receiver Dontavius Butler-Jenkins has apparently played his last down with the Panthers, as a knee injury has sidelined him for 2020 and will bring an end to his Pitt career, according to Panthers coach Pat Narduzzi. As a result, the receiver has been removed from Pitt’s roster but will remain on scholarship and is set to graduate next year.
“Dontavius Butler-Jenkins, as you guys know, has had some injury problems in these last couple years,” Narduzzi said during a Zoom meeting with members of the local media. “He hurt a knee. I’ll never forget, as a young guy he ran a dig in the indoor facility, broke about the 15-yard line, turned up and went down with probably a pretty serious knee injury and really has never been the same.”
“So Dontavius is out with a medical, and he’s a year away from getting his degree. So obviously he’ll be here on a scholarship getting his degree and being with his brothers. So we’re obviously disappointed that Dontavius is not going to be able to finish it out, but we certainly understand the medical aspect.”
Butler-Jenkins is a native of Hollywood, Florida, just outside of Miami. The 6’0”, 215-pound receiver joined Pitt in 2017 after a successful high school career at American Heritage School, where he was a two-year starter. In his senior year at American Heritage, he accrued 278 yards and four touchdowns on 23 receptions. However, he struggled to match that production upon arriving at Pitt.
After redshirting in 2017, Butler-Jenkins saw action in two games in 2018, making four catches for 12 yards. Last season, he took part in three games and was a bit more productive, as he had 65 yards and a touchdown on six catches. That included a 25-yard, one-touchdown performance against UCF in the “Pitt Special” game, which marked the pinnacle of Butler-Jenkins’ tenure in Pittsburgh.