Matt Grothe
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Personal information
Date of birth: (1986-09-08) September 8, 1986 (age 33)
Place of birth: Lakeland, Florida
Career information
College: South Florida
Undrafted in 2010
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* Florida Tuskers (2010)*
Career highlights and awards
  • N/A
Completions     29
Attempts     58
Yards     440
Touchdowns     10
Interceptions     2
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Matt Grothe (born September 8, 1986) is a former American football quarterback. He played college football at South Florida.

Early yearsEdit

Grothe attended Lake Gibson High School in Lakeland, Florida and was a letterman in football. In football, he was a two-time first team Class 4A All-State selection, was named the Lakeland Ledger Player of the Year twice, and as a senior, he was named to the Super Southern 100 by the Atlanta Journal Constitution, was named the Class 4A Player of the Year, finished 2nd by the closest margin ever for Mr. Football in the state of Florida, and was named the Old Spice Red Zone Player of the Year. Grothe led his team to the state championship football game against Armwood High School. Grothe passed for 2,700 yards and ran for 1,250 yards as a senior. He passed for 33 touchdowns and rushed for 15 touchdowns. After his senior season, he was named the 21st best prospect in Florida by the Tampa Tribune, named the 23rd best prospect in Florida by the Orlando Sentinel, and ranked him as the 24th best dual-threat quarterback in the country and 93rd best overall prospect in the state of Florida. Grothe graduated from Lake Gibson High School in 2005 with a 4.0 grade point average. He also began studying karate as a child and eventually obtained a 2nd degree black belt.

College careerEdit

2005 seasonEdit

Grothe spent the 2005 campaign as a redshirt behind then-quarterback Pat Julmiste.

2006 seasonEdit

The 2006 season marked Grothe's first action on the football team after redshirting all of USF's 2005 bowl season. He won the starting quarterback spot over senior Pat Julmiste in the first game of 2006 against McNeese State. The national buzz continued for Grothe, the 2006 Big East Conference Rookie of the Year, after he led his team to an upset of No. 7 West Virginia on the road in Morgantown, West Virginia. In his first post-season appearance, he led USF to the Bowl against East Carolina. Although Grothe missed the entire second half of the game with a shin injury(after being up 24–7), the Bulls claimed their first-ever bowl victory by a score of 24–7.

Sports television channel ESPN named Grothe the "biggest surprise" in all of the Big East for the 2006 football season. In total offensive yards, Grothe accumulated an average of 246 yards per game, second to only Louisville's Brian Brohm in 2006 Big East play. Nationally, he ranked seventeenth in total offense for 2006 and was the 2nd ranked freshman in the country in that category.[1]

2007 seasonEdit

Grothe was named to the Maxwell Award watch list, the first USF player ever named to the list. Grothe was also named to the Manning Award watch list, given to college football's top quarterback. Grothe led the Bulls to a 9–4 record in the 2007 season, including a 26–23 victory over No. 18 Auburn in Alabama on September 8, 2007(also his 21st birthday) and a 21–13 victory over No. 5 West Virginia at home on September 29, 2007. On October 14, 2007, Grothe was at the helm as the Bulls rose to a No. 2 BCS ranking in the nation, the highest school ranking in history.[2] The team ended the 2007 regular season ranked 21st in the BCS.

Grothe broke his own record for passing yards in a game with 382 in a 38–33 loss to Cincinnati, and had a career-long 80-yard touchdown run against Pittsburgh on November 24, 2007. He finished the 2007 regular season with 22 all-purpose touchdowns against only 14 interceptions.

Grothe and the Bulls accepted an invitation to the Brut Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas where they lost to the Oregon on December 31, 2007.

2008 seasonEdit

Entering 2008, Grothe was named to both the Maxwell Award preseason watch list and the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award watch list. He finished the season with career highs in touchdown passes (18), passing yards (2,911), completions (240), and passing yards per game (223.9). He also led the team with 591 yards rushing and four rushing touchdowns. Grothe led the Big East in total offense (269.4 yards per game), and ranked 21st nationally in that category.

2009 seasonEdit

Grothe started the 2009 season with wins against Wofford and Western Kentucky. However, on September 19, 2009, during a game against Charleston Southern University, Grothe injured his left knee just before halftime. The next day, it was announced Grothe would miss the remainder of the 2009 season due to a torn ACL.

College statisticsEdit

  Passing Rushing
Season Team GP Rating Att Comp  % Yds TD Int Att Yds TD
2006 South Florida Bulls 13 138.8 317 202 63.7 2,576 15 14 178 622 9
2007 South Florida Bulls 13 121.0 392 232 59.2 2,670 14 14 198 872 10
2008 South Florida Bulls 13 135.8 380 240 63.2 2,911 18 14 146 591 4
2009 South Florida Bulls 3 167.0 59 43 72.9 512 5 2 23 121 0
Career   42 N/A 1,148 717 62.4 8,669 52 44 545 2,206 23

Records and accoladesEdit

At South Florida, Grothe surpassed 3,000 yards of total offense in his first full season and passed for more than 2,400, breaking both school records formerly held by Marquel Blackwell. On December 1, 2006, the Sporting News magazine named Grothe the 2006 Big East Freshman of the Year, as well as naming him to the Big East All-Freshman team. The Tampa Tribune also named Grothe the Big East Rookie of the Year.

  • 2006 Big East Rookie of the Year
  • 2006 Sporting News Big East Freshman of the Year
  • 2006 Sporting News Big East All-Freshman Team
  • 2006 All-American Freshman Team (2nd team)
  • 2006 Tampa Tribune Big East Freshman of the Year
  • 2007 Heisman Watch Candidate
  • 2007 Maxwell Award Watch List
  • 2007 Manning Award Watch List
  • 2008 Maxwell Award Watch List (2nd time)
  • 2008 Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award Watch List
  • 2008 Big East Offensive Player of the Week on 9/8/2008
  • 2008 Big East Offensive Player of the Week on 9/29/2008
  • 2008 St. Petersburg Bowl MVP of the Game

Professional careerEdit

Florida TuskersEdit

After going undrafted in the 2010 NFL Draft, Grothe signed with the Florida Tuskers of the United Football League on June 4, 2010. He was released by the Tuskers on September 6, 2010.[3]

Toronto ArgonautsEdit

On October 6, 2010, Grothe signed a practice roster agreement with the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League. He was released by the Argonauts on November 4, 2010. As of December 8, Grothe was put back on the Argos 2011 roster.[4] On May 27, 2011, Grothe was released once more by the Argonauts.

Tampa Bay StormEdit

Grothe made his Arena Football League debut on July 16, 2011. He took over in the third quarter against the Georgia Force and went on to throw 5 touchdown passes. On his first pass attempt, he connected for a 40-yard score. Former South Florida teammate Amarri Jackson caught three of Grothe's five touchdown passes. In his 2 appearances with the Storm, Grothe completed 38 passes of 67 attempts for 440 yards with 10 touchdowns and 2 interceptions.

Orlando PredatorsEdit

He signed with the Predators on June 6, 2012.


External linksEdit

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