2007: Capable signal caller who provided a steady presence as the backup quarterback ... given the starting nod minutes before kickoff on two occasions ... garnered BIG EAST Conference Off ensive Player of the Week plaudits after completing 25-of-35 passes for 290 yards and two touchdowns, and rushing for 16 yards at Miami (OH) ... tallied 28 yards on six carries and 142 yards on 14-of-20 passing with two scoring throws vs. Marshall.
2006: Named the No. 1 signal caller at the end of the preseason and started the first 10 games ... completed 60.9 percent of his attempts for the fourth-best single-season completion percentage by a UC passer ... tossed a touchdown pass in six of the first seven games ... completed 9-of-15 passes for 161 yards, including a 51-yarder vs. Eastern Kentucky ... connected on 21-of-35 attempts for 189 yards and a touchdown along with two interceptions against Pittsburgh ... completed 18-of-22 pass attempts for 202 yards, including a 22-yard touchdown at Ohio State ... recorded 302 yards of total offense vs. Akron, throwing for 230 yards on 16-of-24 passing and rushing for another 72 yards, to earn UC's Offensive Player of the Week honors ... went 10-of-27 passing for 129 yards and totaled a career-high 74 rushing yards at Louisville ... hit on 11-of-18 passes for 105 yards against USF ... completed 13-of-18 passes for 205 yards and a touchdown vs. Syracuse to earn BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week honors ... snapped his streak of 21 consecutive starts when he missed the Rutgers game due to injuries sustained the previous week at West Virginia ... went 6-for-9 for 59 yards passing at Connecticut ... completed 1-of-2 passes for seven yards and rushed for 22 in the International Bowl victory over Western Michigan ... Bearcat Academic Honor Roll (Spring 2007).
2005: Started under center in all 11 games ... winner of the team's Offensive Newcomer of the Year award ... completed 56 percent of his passes for 1,799 yards and 11 touchdowns to finish with a 111.1 passing effi ciency rating ... completed 17-of-26 passes for 176 yards and two TDs in the season opener vs. Eastern Michigan, earning BIG EAST Conference Offensive Player of the Week honors ... passed for a career-high 286 yards at Penn State, completing 27-of-47 passes, also single-game bests ... registered a 65.3 completion percentage for 520 yards over his final three games ... Bearcat Academic Honor Roll (Fall 2005, Winter 2006).
2004: Redshirted ... winner of the Offensive Scout Team Player of the Year award.
Mason County High School: Three-year starting quarterback for head coach David Buchanan ... amassed career totals of 8,004 passing yards--the eighth-highest total in Kentucky prep history -- and 82 touchdowns while rushing for 1,302 yards and 38 scores ... completed 63 percent of his passes ... recorded a 35-6 mark as a starting quarterback ... recorded 4,014 yards total offense and 52 touchdowns as a senior while helping his team to the state semifinals ... first-team all-league pick his junior and senior seasons ... rated as the No. 21 player in Kentucky by Super Prep ... led Mason County High School to a 35-2 record and the state championship in 2002-03 as the squad's point guard in basketball ... earned all-region honors and was named to the state all-tournament team ... National Honor Society member and recipient of the school's Distinguished Student Award his sophomore and junior years ... a 4.0 honor roll student for his high school career ... active in the school chorus.
Dustin James Grutza: Born July 29, 1986 ... son of Bob and Gwynn Grutza.
Academic Major: Industrial Management.
Pass Attempts: 47 at Penn State (9/10/05)
Completions: 27 at Penn State (9/10/05)
Passing Yards: 286 at Penn State (9/10/05)
Long Pass: 56 at Pittsburgh (10/8/05)
Passing Touchdowns: 2 (four times) last at Louisville (10/14/06)
Rushing Attempts: 17 at Louisville (10/14/06)
Rushing Yards: 74 at Louisville (10/14/06)
Long Rush: 29 at Louisville (10/14/06)
Total Offense Plays: 61 at Penn State (9/10/05)
Total Offense Yards: 302 vs. Akron (10/7/06)