VandyNation: You had an excellent senior season, completing 122 of 202 passes for over 2,200 yards and 31 touchdowns. Can you describe the game that you feel was your best performance of the season?
Jay Cutler: I feel that my best game was the semi-state 27-0 victory over Indianapolis Roncalli. We put in a few 5-receiver sets and I threw for 206 yards and 4 touchdowns. On defense I had 3 interceptions. We threw out of the shotgun almost all night and our line did an excellent job. Although the Roncalli game was my best statistical game, the state championship game is something that I will never forget. It was the greatest game I have played in yet.
VN: What are some of the reasons you chose to attend Vanderbilt?
JC: There are many reasons that I chose to attend Vanderbilt. The SEC conference is the best conference in the nation. By attending Vanderbilt I get one of the finest educations in the nation. It is only 3 hours from my home, so my family can attend most of the games. Vanderbilt also has a great coaching staff. I am very lucky to be going to a football program with the N.F.L experience that Vanderbilt coaches have. I'm looking forward to working with and learning from Coach Rutledge, he is a class act.
VN: What are your thoughts as you get ready for college life?
JC: I am very excited about college life and college football. It's a turning point in my life as well as the other incoming freshman. I hope I can just take advantage of the great education I have been presented and hopefully football will fall in place.
VN: Please share with us some of the goals you've made for your college career?
JC: I have always set goals throughout high school. One of my goals is to be the starting quarterback for Vanderbilt. If I can follow through with that goal I will set others but as of now that is all. I don't want to get to far out in front of myself before I even set foot on the field. I am sure that there will be many team goals that the team will set also.
VN: What are some of the things you've been doing to prepare for the 2001 football season?
JC: There are so many things to prepare for when leaving for college. I have been getting into shape and lifting. I have also been studying the playbook and trying to learn the offense. I think that most of it is mental and learning how to read defenses. Everyone in college football has the athletic ability. I think I have to learn how to read defenses and make plays that way to be successful.
VN: Vanderbilt hasn't had a winning season since 1982. What are some of the things you and your fellow freshmen must do to overcome that losing season streak while you're at Vandy?
JC: I think that it will come with a lot of hard work. The coaches are getting things turned around and headed in the right direction. Hopefully when all of us freshman and the rest of the team gets together everything will fall into place and the team can get a winning season.
VN: It's very possible you could follow in the footsteps of Greg Zolman. What are your thoughts on that?
JC: I don't want to say a lot about that because I have not even stepped on the field yet. Following Greg Zolman and becoming the next quarterback is my first goal as of now. If I could do that it would be great. But I just want to come to Vanderbilt and see where I stand with the other quarterbacks and take it from there.