Frank Cutolo
Date of birth: January 8, 1976
Place of birth: Boca Raton, FL USA
Career information
Position(s): Slotback
College: Eastern Illinois
 As player:
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.

References[edit | edit source]

  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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