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GROTHE, Stewart Still in Waiting Mode

By Tom Zebold

BOB FERRANTE

Published: Saturday, April 24, 2010 at 11:39 p.m.

Last Modified: Saturday, April 24, 2010 at 11:39 p.m.

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Matt Grothe was still in wait-and-see mode after the last selection was made in the NFL Draft, although teams are definitely still interested in him.

The former Lake Gibson High School graduate and South Florida Bulls star quarterback did not get drafted in the NFL's three-day event, but his agent, John Phillips, was negotiating with three to four teams late Saturday night.

Grothe became the Big East's all-time career leader in total offense before a torn ACL in his left knee ended his senior season early last September.

He's now healthy, following surgery and months of rigorous rehabilitation.

If Grothe doesn't get a free-agent deal done with an NFL team, the Canadian Football League could be a possibility, as it also could be for Lakeland High School graduate Kendrick Stewart, who went undrafted out of Florida State.

Grothe worked out in front of a representative for the CFL's Hamilton Tiger-Cats numerous times before the draft, and the team has been in contact with Phillips.

SIGN HIM!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Grothe, Stewart Still in Waiting Mode

By Tom Zebold

BOB FERRANTE

Published: Saturday, April 24, 2010 at 11:39 p.m.

Last Modified: Saturday, April 24, 2010 at 11:39 p.m.

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Matt Grothe was still in wait-and-see mode after the last selection was made in the NFL Draft, although teams are definitely still interested in him.

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USF Bulls quarterback Matt Grothe scrambles for forward yardage as he is chased by University of Memphis Tigers defenders during the magicJack St. Petersburg Bowl at Tropicana Field in St.Petersburg ,Fl. Saturday December 20 , 2008. Ernst Peters/The Ledger The former Lake Gibson High School graduate and South Florida Bulls star quarterback did not get drafted in the NFL's three-day event, but his agent, John Phillips, was negotiating with three to four teams late Saturday night.

Grothe became the Big East's all-time career leader in total offense before a torn ACL in his left knee ended his senior season early last September.

He's now healthy, following surgery and months of rigorous rehabilitation.

If Grothe doesn't get a free-agent deal done with an NFL team, the Canadian Football League could be a possibility, as it also could be for Lakeland High School graduate Kendrick Stewart, who went undrafted out of Florida State.

Grothe worked out in front of a representative for the CFL's Hamilton Tiger-Cats numerous times before the draft, and the team has been in contact with Phillips.

SIGN HIM

was he on big brother or something?

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Did you actually see Grothe play? Because I did and he sucks. To small and no arm at all. If that's not enough, he is coming off a bad injury. Other than that, I am sure he would be a great prospect.

He will make a good coach someday.

...That's about it. He was great for USF in all he did but he just isn't an NFL caliber QB, esp not after the injury he took last year.

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He will make a good coach someday.

...That's about it. He was great for USF in all he did but he just isn't an NFL caliber QB, esp not after the injury he took last year.

If you were to make a list of the reasons why USF failed to make the push to the next level over the last three years, number 1 reason should be Matt Grothe if you are being honest. On a team of very talented players, he just was not up to the task of playing QB for a top 20 program. The Bulls made a coaching change, but the biggest failing in the program was not being able to recruit a better QB than Grothe with all the other talent they had.

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If you were to make a list of the reasons why USF failed to make the push to the next level over the last three years, number 1 reason should be Matt Grothe if you are being honest. On a team of very talented players, he just was not up to the task of playing QB for a top 20 program. The Bulls made a coaching change, but the biggest failing in the program was not being able to recruit a better QB than Grothe with all the other talent they had.

Obviously if we had a top-tier QB for the program we would have made bigger strides, but when Grothe is behind center you can't help but root for the kid. He wasn't terrible as a college QB.. He lead us to some very big wins, that being said I agree he held us back into pushing the program to the next level.

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Obviously if we had a top-tier QB for the program we would have made bigger strides, but when Grothe is behind center you can't help but root for the kid. He wasn't terrible as a college QB.. He lead us to some very big wins, that being said I agree he held us back into pushing the program to the next level.

Sounds like a certain QB I know. Grothe has the potential to be the first player to win CPOY in his rookie year.

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He will make a good coach someday.

...That's about it. He was great for USF in all he did but he just isn't an NFL caliber QB, esp not after the injury he took last year.

he still had a great junior year and deserves a shot

the fact that he is still undrafted is crazy

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QB Grothe's football future still up in the air

Two days after he was passed over in the NFL draft, former USF quarterback Matt Grothe is still exploring his best options to begin his pro football career, according to his agent, John Phillips.

Phillips said Grothe has an invitation to an NFL rookie minicamp -- not a free-agent contract, but the right to earn a deal while working out with a group of other undrafted rookies. The Canadian Football League remains a possibility for Grothe, though the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, who had worked him out last month, no longer have his negotiation rights. Phillips said another unnamed CFL team immediately picked up Grothe's rights and is now negotiating to bring him into camp this summer.

Phillips wouldn't say which CFL team had Grothe's rights, but three of the league's eight teams -- Calgary, Saskatchewan and Edmonton -- have only three quarterbacks on roster, while the rest have four or five.

Grothe has worked hard in the last six months to recover from the season-ending knee injury he suffered in September. He was able to run all drills in his workouts with pro teams last month, and worked out with the Bucs, who have since signed former Mississippi quarterback Jevan Snead as an undrafted rookie.

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Positive: Smart, tough college quarterback who lacks the measurables as well as arm strength to line up behind center in the NFL. Sells ball fakes, buys time for receivers, and quickly locates the open wide out on the field. Natural looking off the safety, shows a sense of timing and fluid getting outside the pocket to make the pass on the move. Poised under the rush, always in control of the situation, and does a terrific job commanding the offense. Elusive carrying the ball and picks up yardage with his legs.

Negative: Cannot drive passes and must put a lot of effort to get speed on throws. Will force the ball into double coverage on occasion.

Then there's the height factor. Phillips said Grothe has been measured between 5-foot-11

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grothe gets a try out with tampa bay

QB Grothe Will Participate In Bucs' Rookie Minicamp

By Tom Zebold

THE LEDGER

Published: Monday, April 26, 2010 at 9:02 p.m.

Last Modified: Monday, April 26, 2010 at 9:02 p.m.

LAKELAND | Matt Grothe won't have to travel far to showcase his skills on the pro stage.

The Lake Gibson High graduate and former South Florida star quarterback will attend Tampa Bay's rookie minicamp this weekend with hopes of securing a free-agent deal.

Grothe, the Big East's career leader in total offense, was not selected in the NFL Draft this past weekend. He tore the ACL in his left knee in the third game of the Bulls' 2009 season in September and has been working to get back to playing shape since.

Grothe, who worked out for the Bucs prior to the draft, will report to the team on Thursday. The first practice is Friday.

"He's doing great and very excited to get back on the field in a competitive mode," Matt Grothe Sr. said.

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USF's Grothe headed to Bucs' rookie minicamp

Former USF quarterback Matt Grothe, who was not selected over the weekend in the NFL draft, has accepted an invitation to participate in the Bucs' rookie minicamp on Friday, hoping to land a free-agent contract.

"I had a good workout with them -- they were happy with it and so was I," Grothe said. "Everybody that comes into these minicamps isn't guaranteed anything. It's time for me to go out and prove myself."

Grothe said he had similar offers from two other NFL teams, but his first shot at the pros will come in Tampa, where he made a name for himself as USF's starting quarterback, finishing as the Big East's all-time career leader in total offense. Grothe has spent the last seven months returning to full strength from a season-ending knee injury he suffered in the third game of last season in September.

"I feel real good," said Grothe, who will be in a live practice for the first time since his injury -- the Bucs' minicamp runs from Friday through Sunday.

Grothe said he's excited to have a chance at playing for the team he's cheer for his whole life, growing up in Lakeland. He and his family have been to many Bucs home games, including the team's 1999 playoff win against Redskins.

The Bucs have four quarterbacks on their roster -- starter Josh Freeman, backup Josh Johnson, then second-year pro Rudy Carpenter, who joined the team late last season, and rookie Jevan Snead of Ole Miss, who signed a contract with the Bucs this weekend after being passed over in the draft.

Grothe's CFL rights had been held by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, but his agent, John Phillips, said Monday that Hamilton no longer held those rights. Grothe said Monday that his CFL rights now belong to Saskatchewan.

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Dam Grothe Got Cut By The UFL

UFL's Tuskers cut ex-USF QB Grothe

Former USF quarterback Matt Grothe has been cut by the UFL's Florida Tuskers, less than two weeks before the team's season begins.

"I really enjoyed the time I spent with the Tuskers and gained a lot of pro experience, which will help further my football career," Grothe said in a statement Monday night.

Grothe, whose senior year was cut short last fall by a knee injury, had returned to full health and signed with the Tuskers, who open their season in 12 days. The Tuskers have the UFL's returning MVP in quarterback Brook Bollinger, and Grothe was competing with Arena Football veteran Chris Greisen for a backup spot.

"Matt came in and did some good things and showed continued improvement throughout camp," coach Jay Gruden told the Orlando Sentinel. "Unfortunately, with a 52-man roster, we are limited to two quarterback spots. ... In the end I just felt better going with the more experienced player. Matt's a young guy and hopefully he will get other opportunities to continue his playing career at the professional level."

Grothe is the second USF alum cut by the Tuskers this week, following defensive end Jarriett Buie. Receiver Huey Whittaker and safety J.R. Reed remain on the Orlando team's roster. Grothe could sign with another UFL team, or could opt for the CFL, which he had considered this spring before signing with the Tuskers. He was invited to the Bucs' rookie minicamp but was not offered a contract.

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