Thursday, April 2, 2009


by Barca Blog - The Jay and Earl Show is back.

I couldn't help but think that after announced that Jay Cutler had been dealt to the Chicago Bears to join three other former Commodores including wide receiver Earl Bennett.

Just flashback to 2005 for a moment when Cutler (a senior at the time) and Bennett (a freshman) rewrote the Commodore record books in the only year they played together at Vanderbilt. Cutler broke numerous school marks throughout the season and was named the SEC Offensive Player of the Year after throwing for 3,073 yards and 21 touchdowns, while Bennett set the conference record for most receptions by a freshman (79). The tandem especially caught fire in the final four games that year, hooking up for 49 receptions, 545 receiving yards and nine touchdowns.

And they had many memorable plays, too.

Remember Cutler hitting Bennett for the first time on the final drive of the season-opening win at Wake Forest?

Or the 16 times they played catch (for 204 yards) at South Carolina?

Or maybe the five touchdowns they combined for in a rally that fell short against Kentucky?

Of course, no one will forget when Cutler guided the Commodores to a historic comeback win at Tennessee with his last collegiate pass resulting in a game-winning touchdown pass to Bennett.

Overall, the duo connected 79 times for 876 receiving yards in 11 games.

And even after their college careers were over, the combo got together one more time last March when Cutler came back to campus to throw to Bennett at the receiver's NFL Pro Day workout (pictured above).

But did we ever imagine the pair would be reunited on the professional playing field?

This fall it will become a reality.

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