It appears the door is a little more ajar today for Cory Butler-Byrd to eventually exit Kyle Whittingham‘s doghouse.
Monday, the Utes wide receiver pleaded guilty as part of a plea deal in a Salt Lake City courthouse. Butler-Byrd was charged late last month with misdemeanor criminal mischief.
That charge will be dismissed if Butler-Byrd has no additional legal issues in the next year, he provides proof of mental health counseling and a $1,691.50 restitution payment for the damage he caused.
It’s alleged that Butler-Byrd threw a piece of wood at a window of the university’s police station as well as jumped up and down on a police officer’s patrol vehicle, “denting the roof and smashing the rear window.”
Butler-Byrd has been indefinitely suspended since the incident. The player has remained in school and on scholarship during the suspension, with the Salt Lake Tribune writing that “Butler-Byrd has not been permitted near Utah’s football facility since his suspension began, but was planning to meet with coaches after his court appearance.”
After transferring to the Utes from the junior college ranks, Butler-Byrd began his FBS career as a cornerback. He began the transition to receiver during the 2015 season, then exited spring practice this year as the starter as a slot receiver for the Utes.
Butler-Byrd started five games last season as a corner/receiver (three at CB, two at WR), intercepting three passes and catching one pass for a 54-yard touchdown. He also returned eight kicks for 233 yards and a touchdown.