Butler WR on Title Game: "The Work Paid Off"

Butler WR on Title Game: "The Work Paid Off"

Javess Blue came to Butler County positive he could make an impact for one of the premiere junior college programs in the nation. Gearing up to face #1 Iowa Western, Blue is positive he will end his time with the Grizzlies on a high note. Go Inside with the future Red Raider prior to the NJCAA National Championship Game...

What can a quarterback tell you about his leading receiver that a scouting report can't?

Ask Butler County's Billy Cosh about Grizzlies wideout Javess Blue.

"The kid can flat out play," Cosh says emphatically about his number one target. "He's one of the fastest people I have ever played with. He will make the tough catch, no doubt. We are always on the same page."

So who is Javess Blue?

Blue is the leading receiver for a Butler squad that is one game away from a NJCAA National Championship. At 6-foot-1, 195-pounds, the three-star WR and Texas Tech commit hauled in 65 receptions for 1,064 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2012.

Ask the sophomore if he imagined he would play for a title when he moved to El Dorado, and the answer is short.

"I always had it in my mind," Blue says. "I just hate to lose. I never have the idea of losing in my mind when I go out for a game."

That positive approach has paid dividends for the soft-spoken receiver from Lake Wales, FL, as the Grizzlies enter Sunday's title game with an 11-0 record. For his stellar efforts this season, Blue was a First Team All-Jayhawk Conference selection.

"I knew I had a chance to play for a championship, but I knew I had to work for it. The work paid off, and I'm there now."

Blue is a December graduate, and will be on campus in Lubbock just over a month after his final junior college game. He understands the expectations the Red Raiders' coaching staff has for him.

"They want me to start as soon as I get there," he says, calmly. "I have to fulfill what they need. I have to give them my ‘A' game."

The second-year receiver believes Texas Tech fans should be looking for that ‘A' game in 2013.

"They should expect me to be a playmaker for them," he says, matter-of-factly. "Win games, help the team, and win a championship."

As Butler County prepare to face top-ranked Iowa Western, Blue will be matched against a Reivers secondary that boasts four all-conference defensive backs. As always, he's positive about the outcome.

"It's going to be a good game," he says, smiling. "But I believe we have more talent when it comes down to it."

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