Played in all 11 games, primarily on special teams … Lined up for 11 offensive snaps … Tallied six knockdowns.
A reserve offensive lineman, backed up both tackle positions … Played in all 12 games on special teams, contributing to the field goal and extra point protection unit … In on 66 plays, including nine snaps against Iowa and eight in the Illini’s win over No. 25 Ohio State … Field goal unit was 77 percent accurate with no blocks in 26 tries and a touchdown pass on a fake field goal attempt … PAT team was a perfect 44-of-44 also with no blocked kicks … Kept Illini kicker Neil Rackers perfect with nine extra point attempts in the Illini’s win over Virginia in the Micronpc.com Bowl.
Played in three games as a backup right tackle, appearing vs. Middle Tennessee State, Northwestern and Purdue.
Redshirted the 1997 season.
High School Highlights
A two-time all-county selection … Earned all-state honors twice … A two-time All-Suncoast squad selection as well as named all-area by the Tampa Tribune … A Tampa Tribune "Top 50" recruit and ranked No. 15 on "Best of the Bay Area" Top 20 list … Played left tackle … A three-year starter, helping lead Catholic to a 20-4 record as a junior and a senior and three consecutive district titles… High school coach was Bobby Henriquez … Lettered three years in football, three years in basketball and two years in track … Earned second-team all-county honors as a junior in basketball and was the district champion in the shot put … Earned high honor roll honors in junior and senior years… Helped Tampa Catholic win state championship in basketball as a sophomore.
Born Nov. 28, 1978 … Great-great uncle (Edwin Manley) was swimming coach at Illinois from 1912-1952 . . . Grandparents, Jack and Marie Gilroy, attended Illinois . . . Parents are James and Maura Cutter . . . Majoring in speech communications.