I was watching my alma mater Minnesota Gophers in November 2010 taking on the #24 ranked Iowa Hawkeyes in college football and couldn’t help but take notice of Marvin McNutt – Iowa’s starting split end. While the Golden Gophers went on to win 27 – 24 – it was McNutt who caught the 18-yard 4th quarter TD to give Iowa a (at the time) 24 – 20 lead.
Much of this was originally published on 11/28/10. This post covers what has happened to McNutt since then while editing/adding to the original post.
Marvin McNutt was a back up QB at his Missouri high school when he became the starter for game 7 (the coach was upset with his team’s .500 record). McNutt went on to lead the team to 2nd in state while earning a spot for himself on the Second Team All-State. A stellar senior season (establishing himself as a running Quarterback) earned him scholarship offers from major universities in 7 Midwestern states (including the U of MN).
It was also McNutt that caught the no-time-remaining game winning TD against Michigan State in 2009 and helped then #10 Iowa to an early lead (and ultimate victory) with his 1st Quarter TD against Georgia in last year’s Orange Bowl.
In his senior year at Iowa (2011), McNutt broke records for most reception yards and touchdowns in a season. After being redshirted and only playing 3 games his freshman year, McNutt’s “just more than 3 seasons” of play at WR he also set school career records for yards and touchdowns.
As I’ve alluded to, I am greatly impressed with Marvin McNutt and his abilities. In fact, I believe he may well become the prototype for the offensive football player. In 2010, I projected that he’d be a first round draft choice. He ended up being a 6th round pick by the Eagles and only played 4 games – though he wasn’t really used. He was cut at the end of the 2012 season and quickly picked up by the Miami Dolphins. However, the obviously short sighted Fins have just cut him in their final choices in getting down to the 53 player limit. His problems may be that he was #83 in Philly and wore #87 in Miami. He clearly needs to be “doggy balls” – poker slang for a pair of 8s (#88).
While his QB days are behind him, I still believe that McNutt will be so instrumental to football that the split end position will come to be called the “McNutt end” – or McNutt for short. Eventually, I see a whole vernacular centered on Marvin – he is that good.
Some day quite soon we’ll hear coaches that long for a franchise player say, “I’d give my left McNutt for a player of so-and-so’s caliber.” Or, those teams with offensive woes bemoan the fact that, “We have to rely on the run game because we don’t have the McNutts to pass the ball.” On the other side of the ball, top defenses will brag of being “McNutt busters” and claiming before a big game that, “we’ll put their McNutts in a vice.”
And it will all be due to Marvin McNutt.