Cutler Enters South Carolina Game
Second Among Frosh QBs in Total Offense 9/27/02
Vanderbilt redshirt freshman quarterback Jay Cutler ranks
among the best of his class in total offense entering the
Commodors Southeastern Conference home opener against
South Carolina Saturday.
Cutler, a native of Santa Claus, Ind., trails only one freshman
quarterback, Brad Smith of Missouri, in total offense, according
to NCAA statistics. After four games, Cutler has compiled
812 total yards with 615 passing and 197 rushing. Only Smith,
with 919 total yards, has been more productive.
|FRESHMAN QB, SCHOOL
|Brad Smith, Missouri
|Jay Cutler, Vanderbilt
|Brett Basanez, Northwestern
|Banick Nealy, Houston
|Paul Pinegar, Fresno State
|Kyle Matter, Stanford
|Tate Wallis, SMU
|Zac Dahman, Army
In his brief stint as a starter, Cutler has ascended to sixth
place for passing yardage by freshman quarterback at Vanderbilt.
With 615 passing yards, Cutler has an excellent chance of
moving into the top three after this weekends contest
against South Carolina. He needs just 81 yards to surpass
David Wallace (1998), Tim Richardson (1985), and Watson Brown
FRESHMEN QBs PASSING YARDS
|John Gromos, 1985
|Greg Zolman, 1998
|Watson Brown, 1969
|Tim Richardson, 1985
|David Wallace, 1998
|Jay Cutler, 2002
|Whit Taylor, 1979
|Mike Healey, 1989
|Ardell Fuller, 1981
|Ronnie Gordon, 1993
|Kurt Page, 1981
Miscellaneous Vanderbilt Statistical Leaders
Freshman running back Kwane Doster had the best performance
of his young career last Saturday against the Ole Miss Rebels
in Oxford. Doster compiled 344 total yards of offense with
243 yards at kickoff returner and 101 at tailback.
Dosters 243 return yards on eight kickoffs is
the highest single-game total ever in the Southeastern Conference,
eclipsing the 197-yard total by Alabamas Kerry Goode
in 1984. The performance propelled him to the top of the leagues
all-purpose performers, and ninth nationally, with 684 total
yards (225 rushing, 3 receiving, and 456 returning kicks).
Doster set personal highs in rushing yards (101),
rushing attempts (15) and longest carry (25) against the Rebels.
He also scored his first collegiate touchdown. Doster became
just the sixth Commodore freshman to surpass the 100-yard
mark in a single game.
Senior Hunter Hillenmeyer, who has moved to middle
linebacker this season, is leading the SEC in solo tackles
(36) and is third in total tackles (49). Hillenmeyer also
has two of the top seven single-game tackle performances in
the SEC. His 15 tackles against Auburn ranks fifth in the
league while his 13-tackle effort at Georgia Tech is good
for seventh best.
Hillenmeyer is fourth in the SEC in tackles for losses
with four. Fellow Commodore linebacker Moses Osemwegie
is fifth in the category