USU declines to comment on charges against two football players

LOGAN — Officials at Utah State University are declining to comment on criminal charges against two football players, 20-year-old Bruce “Jo Jo” Natson and 22-year-old Ronald Butler.

Both are facing misdemeanor charges in unrelated cases.

Butler was arrested and booked Sunday morning, accused of driving under the influence and improper lane change, both class B misdemeanors. He later posted bail and formal charges are pending.

Natson made his initial appearance in 1st District court Monday morning on a charge of theft, a class A misdemeanor. He is due again in court August 4.

When contacted for comment, USU media relations director Doug Hoffman said head coach Matt Wells’ policy is to not comment on these types of matters unless a player is dismissed from the team.

USU public relations director Tim Vitale said normally the school won’t issue a statement until after the cases are completed through the court system.

Both Butler and Natson are first string players for the Aggies.

Butler is a senior wide receiver who played 13 games last season, recording 24 receptions for 346 yards and three touchdowns.

Natson is a junior wide receiver who also played as a punt returner last season, averaging 11.3 yards per return. He earned honorable mention all-Mountain West honors and was ranked fourth in the conference and 22nd in the nation.

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