Cutler, Haye, Doster named preseason All-SEC

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.-- Three Commodore juniors - quarterback Jay Cutler, defensive end Jovan Haye and tailback/return specialist Kwane Doster - were named to the Southeastern Conference football coaches' inaugural Preseason All-SEC Team Thursday.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.-- Three Commodore juniors - quarterback Jay Cutler, defensive end Jovan Haye and tailback/return specialist Kwane Doster - were named to the Southeastern Conference football coaches' inaugural Preseason All-SEC Team Thursday.

Cutler, a native of Santa Claus, Ind., and Haye, a resident of Fort Lauderdale, Fla, were second team All-SEC selections. Doster, the 2002 SEC Freshman of the Year, was a third team recipient.

The Commodores open preseason camp August 11, pointing toward the 2004 season opener against South Carolina on Saturday, Sept. 4. The opener is scheduled at Vanderbilt Stadium, with kickoff at 11:30 a.m.

Vanderbilt Head Coach Bobby Johnson said the trio were very deserving All-SEC recipients on a Commodore squad that has several other would-be candidates for consideration.

"I'm extremely pleased for these young men. To be included among the best at your position in this conference is quite an honor," Johnson said. "At the same time, I believe we have several other players who deserve to be considered for the team."

The SEC coaches' preseason squad was announced by league officials just four days prior to the highly successful SEC Media Days in Birmingham. Johnson, Cutler and Haye will represent Vanderbilt at Media Days on Tuesday afternoon. Up to 700 media representatives are expected to attend the three-day activity.

Cutler, a two-year captain, is entering his third season as the Commodores' starting quarterback. The holder of nearly every Vanderbilt freshman and sophomore passing mark, Cutler is fifth all-time among Vanderbilt quarterbacks in career passing yardage and total offense. His total of 28 touchdown passes is also fifth all-time. Last week, he was named to the Davey O'Brien Award Preseason Watch List for the nation's outstanding quarterback.

Haye, another two-year captain, enters 2004 after posting one of the finest seasons ever by a Vanderbilt defensive end. Haye shared the SEC regular season lead last year with 8.5 sacks and topped the Commodores with 12.5 tackles for loss. SEC coaches named Haye second-team All-SEC in 2003. Last month, Haye was named to preseason watch lists for the Hendricks and Nagurski awards.

Doster averaged 21.8 yards as a kickoff returner for the Commodores last year. He also rushed for 386 yards as a tailback. In 2002, Doster's 25.7-yard kickoff return average was the highest by a Commodore in more than four decades.


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