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Record breaking career ended early after knee injury against Charleston Southern in third game of the season  ... Broke the BIG EAST career record for total offense with 10,875 ... Passed the previous total offense record holder, Pat White of West Virginia, in the second game of the season ... Tallied 140 yards rushing and 513 yards passing in shortened season ... Also had five passing touchdowns and was 43-59 on pass attempts ... Career totals of 8,669 passing yards, 52 passing touchdowns, 206.4 average passing yards per game, 2,206 rushing yards, 23 rushing touchdowns, 52.5 yards rushing per game and average of 258.9 yards of total offense per game ... The most accurate passer in USF history ... Owns five of the top seven all-time passing yard games ... Also has nine of the 10 best passing games in terms of accuracy ... Given the USF Coaches Award for his courage and determination after the season ... One of five team captains on the year.

2008: Three-year starter posted the best statistical season of his career ... Posted career best in touchdown passes (18), passing yards (2,911), completions (240) and passing yards per game (223.9) ... The dual-threat QB also ran for a team-best 591 yards and four touchdowns ... Led the BIG EAST in total offense (269.4) and ranked No. 21 nationally ... One of two players in conference history to account for 10,000 career yards of total offense ... Owns the BIG EAST record for total plays in a career with 1,611 ... Will enter senior season (2009) with a chance to break BIG EAST records for touchdowns responsible for (currently 70, record 103), completions (currently 674, record 735) and passing yards (currently 8,157, record 9,956) ... Named a third-team All BIG-EAST selection by Phil Steele ... Ended season by passing for 236 yards, three touchdowns and a also rushing for season-best 83 yards in the magicJack St. Petersburg Bowl ... Rushed for 64 yards and a TD, while also passing for 189 in the snow during the regular season finale against West Virginia ... Passed for 292 yards and a TD, while adding 50 rushing yards against Rutgers ... Went 30-40 for 344 yards and two passing touchdowns in narrow loss to Louisville ... Gained 72 yards and a TD rushing and threw for three TDs and 248 yards in the air against Syracuse ... Passed and ran for a TD in upset loss to Pitt ... Streak of 110 passes without an interception was snapped against the Panthers ... Against NC State, turned in a third mistake-free performance in as many outings ... Threw for 259 yards, rushed for 68 yards and a passing TD against the Wolfpack after an efficient outing with 136 passing yards and 48 rushing yards against FIU ... Set a personal-high by completing 11 straight passes at the outset of the NC State game.... His previous best streak of completions was eight... He threw for 208 yards on 15-18 in the first half... It was the third most passing yards in a half in USF history... Led the Bulls to the greatest comeback - down 17 points - in USF history against No. 13 Kansas ... Passed for 338 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions while completing 32-45 in win over No. 13 Kansas ...  Also rushed for 30 with 28 coming on a TD score against the Jayhawks ... Accounted for 400 yards of total offense - 346 passing and 54 rushing - and three TD passes in overtime win over UCF ... It was the first time in his career he had passed for 300 yards in back-to-back games ... His five TD passes in the first two games is the best two-game total of his career ... Only Marquel Blackwell - six TD  in 2001 - can equal that total in USF history ... The only other time he has thrown three TD passes was at UCF in 2006 ... Set a career single-game high with a passing efficiency rating of 258.3 against UT Martin ... Completed 6-of-8 passes for 96 yards and two TD ... Two incompletions were dropped by receivers ... Offensive coordinator Greg Gregory graded Grothe out at 100 percent against UT Martin, which was a first for Gregory in 27 years of coaching.

2007: One of the top dual-threat quarterbacks in college football ... One of only three players in NCAA FBS to rush for at least 850 yards and throw for at least 2,500 yards ... The others were Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow and Central Michigan's Dan LeFevour ... Broke the USF career rushing record for quarterbacks in the 22nd game of his career (Cincinnati - 2007) ... Currently has 1,494 rushing yards, which bests the previous record of 1,235 set by Marquel Blackwell (1999-02) ... The USF career rushing record is 2,731, which he could reach at his two-year pace ... The Lakeland native also broke the single season QB rushing record in the ninth game of 2007 (Cincinnati) ... Finished season with 872 rushing yards ... Broke his own single-season record of 622, which he set as freshman in 2006 ... Also surpassed the USF single-game passing record with 382 yards against Cincinnati ... Only player in USF history to throw for 5,000 yards and rush for 1,400 yards ... Rushed for career high and USF quarterback record 146 yards against UConn, which was the ninth-best rushing day by a QB in BIG EAST history and the fifth-best day by a BIG EAST QB this season ... Three 100-yard rushing games is a USF quarterback career record ... Became the eighth player in USF history to rush for 1,000 career yards during the Rutgers game ... He is just the second USF quarterback to accomplish the feat ... Went 17-23 for the second consecutive game passing for 159 yards and rushing for 67 and a TD in win over Pittsburgh ... Workman-like effort on 17-23 passing for 194 passing yards and two TDs, also ran for 67 and a TD in the win over Louisville ... Efficient with 181 yards on 15-22 passing and 73 yards on 14 rushing attempts in 41-10 win over Syracuse ... Also ran for a TD and tossed two TDs versus the Orange ... Rushed for 100 yards in back-to-back games against UCF & FAU ... Accounted for four touchdowns against UCF ... Ran for two and passed for another two - both to WR Taurus Johnson. ... Compiled 312 yards of total offense before leaving midway through the third quarter ... Just the second USF quarterback to have back-to-back 100-yard rushing days ... No USF QB has done it in three straight games ... Also had 122 rushing yards against FAU ... Threw for 135 yards, including a 55-yard TD connection with Carlton Mitchell against West Virginia ... Streak of 136 passes without an interception was snapped against the Mountaineers ... Racked up 216 yards passing, the second-highest single-half total of his career, against UNC ... Built upon his legacy as a gamer by leading USF to a come-from-behind overtime win at Auburn ... After being sacked three times in the third quarter, Grothe went 6-of-8 for 75 passing yards, plus 25 rushing yards and a TD pass in leading USF to the overtime win ... He began the 2007 season with 239 yards, two TDs and no picks against Elon.

2006: Took over in the first half of the season opener vs. McNeese State when Pat Julmiste bruised a knee, and he never let go of the job ... Twice won BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week honors while making a name nationally as well ... Broke all of Marquel Blackwell's freshman records at USF, an accomplishment previously thought un-doable ... 2,576 passing yards, 622 rushing yards, 3,198 total yards and nine rushing TDs are all USF freshman records for a quarterback (rushing is second among all freshmen players to RB Rafael Williams in 1997) ... 63.7 completion percentage is a USF record, regardless of class ... Has also caught a pass and been used as a punter ... Led USF to come-from-behind wins in each of the first three games, including a win at UCF, where he was 21-of-31 for 302 yards and three TDs ... Also ran for 71 yards and won BIG EAST Player of the Week ... Nearly pulled off a fourth-straight come-from-behind win at Kansas, when USF lost 13-7, while driving right up to the final gun ... Looked like he would do it yet again the next week against Rutgers, but a two point conversion that would have tied the game at 22-22 with under a minute was dropped by the receiver ... Responded well to those back-to-back losses and completed 26-of-36 passes for 304 yards with no interceptions and two touchdowns in wins over UConn and North Carolina ... Also had 27 carries for 120 yards in those two wins, including three TD runs against UConn ... Had most trying game at Cincinnati, but responded well again, leading USF to a crucial win over Pitt to become Bowl eligible ... Completed 19-of-25 passes in that game, while throwing for a TD and running for another ... Won second BIG EAST Player of the Week award when he was 25-of-35 for 364 yards against Syracuse ... Named 2006 BIG EAST Rookie of the Year and USF's Offensive MVP and Rookie of the Year in 2006 ... One of the top freshmen players in the entire nation, he was second in the nation among freshmen in total offense ... Had led all freshmen in that category for the entire season before he was forced from the Bowl with an injury ... Named The Sporting News BIG EAST Freshman of the Year as well as the publication's BIG EAST all-freshman team ... Also named an honorable mention Freshman All-America by The Sporting News ... Also among the top freshmen in passing yards and pass efficiency ... Displayed outstanding leadership as he had grabbed his teammates' respect and taken hold ... Picked up offense rapidly and allowed USF to get the most from its playbook ... After loss at Louisville, he once again proved unflappable with his performance in win over seventh-ranked West Virginia.

2005: Impressed as a scout team quarterback while utilizing his redshirt season.

LAKE GIBSON HIGH SCHOOL: Class 4A Player of the Year and a finalist for Florida's Mr. Football ... Old Spice Red Zone Player of the Year for the State of Florida ... Atlanta Journal Constitution Super Southern 100 ... First team Class 4A all-state as a junior and senior ... Led team to state title game against Armwood High ... Lakeland Ledger Player of the Year as a junior and senior ... Ranked 21st-best prospect in Florida by Tampa Tribune and 23rd by Orlando Sentinel ... Ranked 24th dual-threat quarterback in the nation by ... 93rd overall prospect in Florida according to ... Threw for 2,700 yards and ran for 1,250 as a senior ... 33 passing touchdowns and 15 rushing touchdowns ...Passed for 2,004 yards as a junior, along with 1,100 rushing yards ... 25 passing touchdowns as a junior and 14 more on the ground ... Coached by Keith DeMyer.

PERSONAL: Born September 8, 1986 ... Son of Matt and Brenda Grothe ... Two younger brothers, Chris and David ... An avid outdoorsman, he enjoys both hunting and fishing ... Last name is pronounced Growth-ee.


The Top 10 Matt Grothe Highlights
2008 Videos
2009 Highlights
Grothe Throws for 208 yds, 2 TDS at Western Kentucky
Grothe Passes White for Total Offense Record vs. Wofford
Grothe Turns in MVP Performance in St. Pete Bowl 
Grothe Torches Syracuse with Four TDs (ESPN)
Grothe Louisville Highlights (ESPN)
Matt Grothe Wills Bulls Past UConn (ESPN)
2007 Videos