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Frank Cutolo
Date of birth: January 8, 1976
Place of birth: Boca Raton, FL USA
Career information
Position(s): Slotback
College: Eastern Illinois
Organizations
 As player:
2003-2004
2005
British Columbia Lions
Ottawa Renegades
Career highlights and awards
Awards: 2003 CFL Rookie of the Year

Frank Cutolo is a former award winning college and Canadian Football League slotback.

Cutolo played his college football at Eastern Illinois from 1998 to 2001. As a receiver he caught 119 passes for 2182 yards. He was a second team Ohio Valley Conference all-star in 2001, partly on the strength of his record setting performance against Tennessee State, when he set a team record for receiving yards in a game (239) on October 27, 2001.[1]

He became a professional with the British Columbia Lions in 2003, and his 64 pass receptions, 908 yards, 93 punt and kick off returns and 9 touchdowns were good for the CFL's Most Outstanding Rookie Award.[2] His performance dropped off in 2004 (47 receptions for 786 yards, with 9 TDs) and he was eventually cut from the team. The Lions' coach, Wally Buono, chalked it up to burnout: "“He was a young guy, not big, a rookie that we beat to death ... Sometimes you don’t do things as smart as you should.”[3] He played one final year with the Ottawa Renegades where he caught 21 passes for 222 yards and one TD.

ReferencesEdit

  1. Eastern Illinois University Football Media Guide 2007
  2. BC Lions Media Guide
  3. [1] The Dreadhead gets back on the receiving end: Ryan Grice-Mullen puts his confidence issues behind him with success on returns — now he gets a second chance, by Mike Beamish, Vancouver Sun, September 1, 2009
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