Cutler, Griffin Named Athletes of the Year

Record-setting quarterback Jay Cutler and soccer star Tyler Griffin have been selected as Vanderbilt's Male and Female Athletes of the Year. The two now enter the Southeastern Conference's Roy Kramer Athlete of the Year ballot, which will be voted upon by the league's Athletic Directors.

Cutler enjoyed one of finest seasons ever by Commodore quarterback in 2005, being named SEC Offensive Player of the Year by both the coaches and Associated Press writers. He was named to the all-SEC first-team by the league's coaches, becoming first Vanderbilt quarterback to receive coaches' recognition since 1984.

Cutler, just the second three-time team captain in Vanderbilt football history, set virtually every Commodore senior record for quarterbacks and established numerous Vanderbilt career marks. The Santa Claus, Indiana product finished the season with remarkable performances, becoming the first Commodore quarterback ever to throw for more than 300 yards in four consecutive games. During that stretch – games at South Carolina, at Florida, vs. Kentucky and at Tennessee – Cutler threw for 1,410 yards and 13 touchdowns.

In his final appearance, he guided the Commodores to a comeback win at Tennessee and his last collegiate pass attempt resulted in a game-winning touchdown.

He was the eleventh pick of the 2006 NFL Draft, going to Denver.

Griffin, a junior from Charlotte, N.C., had one of the finest years in SEC soccer history while leading the Commodores to the NCAA Tournament. A goal keeper, she was named the SEC Defensive Player of the Year after setting school records with 14 shutouts (also an SEC record) and a 0.45 Goals Against Average.

Griffin's 2005 performance earned her a spot in the top five of several Commodore records, including shutouts (2nd, 17) and saves (4th, 137). She also broke the school record for consecutive scoreless minutes this season – three times. She pushed the old record from 450 to 515, then to 549 and finally to 559. Griffin was named to the 2005 NSCAA/adidas Women's Division I All-America Third Team and is only the third soccer Commodore in the program's history to be awarded NSCAA All-American status.

Griffin graduated with a 3.587 grade point average but with one year of eligibility remaining, she will play this fall as a graduate student.

Vanderbilt's Athletes of the Year are traditionally selected by a vote of the senior athletic staff administrators. Top Stories