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Jeremy Zuttah
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Zuttah during his time at Rutgers
No. 76     Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Guard / Center
Personal information
Date of birth: (1986-06-01) June 1, 1986 (age 33)
Place of birth: Edison, New Jersey
High School: Edison (NJ) Stevens
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) Weight: 308 lb (140 kg)
Career information
College: Rutgers
NFL Draft: 2008 / Round: 3 / Pick: 83
Debuted in 2008 for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
  • 2× First-team All-Big East (2006, 2007)
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2012
Games Played     74
Games Started     60
Stats at NFL.com

Jeremy Kwasi Zuttah (born June 1, 1986) is an American football offensive lineman for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Buccaneers in the third round of the 2008 NFL Draft. He played college football at Rutgers.

Early yearsEdit

Zuttah started for three years at J. P. Stevens High School, becoming a highly-touted prospect and turning down several college football powers for Rutgers.[1] Zuttah's career followed in the footsteps of his older brother Jeff, who committed to the University of Michigan in 2003, but never played a down after team doctors became concerned about his sickle-cell anemia. Jeff later transferred to Stanford University.

He was rated a three-star recruit by Rivals.com while being recruited.[2] Zuttah commented that his final three schools came down to Rutgers, Maryland, and Pittsburgh.

College careerEdit

As a true freshman in 2004, Zuttah was a reserve player, appearing in nine games, with five starts at both tackle spots and left guard. In 2005, Zuttah started at left guard next to Pedro Sosa, forming a top combination that helped paved the way for Ray Rice during his freshman season. In 2006, Rutgers switched to a zone blocking scheme, and Zuttah subsequently moved to right tackle, in order to better utilize his athleticism in the scheme. Emerging as a vocal team leader, Zuttah earned all-Big East honors as the Rutgers offensive line only surrendered 8 sacks all season, the fewest in all of Division I-A, also ranking fifteenth in the nation in rushing.

In 2007, Zuttah was named to the preseason watch lists for the Outland Trophy[3] and the Rotary Lombardi Award.[4] He has been named a pre-season All-America by Athlon Sports. Zuttah was named to the 2007 Big East All-Academic and All-Conference teams. An excellent student, Zuttah graduated Rutgers with an economics degree in 3.5 years.[5]

Professional careerEdit

Tampa Bay BuccaneersEdit

Zuttah was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the third round (83rd overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft. He signed a multi-year contract with the team on July 22. After 4 seasons with the Buccaneers, Zuttah had played in 58 games, starting 44 of them. Of those 44 games, Zuttah started 30 games at left offensive guard, 9 games at center, and 5 games at right guard. Due to his versatility, on March 5, 2012, Zuttah signed a 4-year contract to remain with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.[6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Sports Briefs", The Record (Bergen County), January 24, 2004. Accessed October 9, 2007. "Jeremy Zuttah of Edison's J.P. Stevens, rated the No. 34 best offensive guard in the country by Rivals.com, will attend Rutgers, according to his high school coach, Frank Zarro."
  2. http://rivals.yahoo.com/footballrecruiting/football/recruiting/player-Jeremy-Zuttah-17267
  3. Four RU Football Standouts Named to Preseason Watch Lists, www.scarletknights.com
  4. Zuttah Named to Rotary Lombardi Award Preliminary Watch List, www.scarletknights.com
  5. NorthJersey.com: providing local news, sports and classifieds for Northern New Jersey!
  6. ESPN.com!

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