USF's Matt Grothe to sign with UFL's Tuskers
"Matt has agreed to play for the Tuskers," his agent, John Phillips, said via text Thursday night. "He appreciates the interest of the Toronto Argonauts, who have his CFL rights, but he looks forward to playing at home for such a great coach and team. We thank his fans immensely."
Grothe, who drew interest from the NFL and CFL but did not earn a contract from either league, would be the second quarterback on the Orlando team's roster. The Tuskers return last year's UFL Player of the Year in former Wisconsin and Jets quarterback Brooks Bollinger, who threw for a league-high 1,825 yards and 16 touchdowns in leading the Tuskers to a 6-0 record before losing in the league championship game.
Grothe, the Big East's career leader in total offense, missed most of his senior year last fall after suffering a knee injury in USF's win against Charleston Southern. After surgery, Grothe has gotten his knee back to full health and was able to show his recovery in workouts before and after the NFL draft. He earned an invitation to the Bucs' rookie minicamp, but was not offered a contract. Toronto was the third CFL team to own his rights, following Hamilton and Saskatchewan.
The Tuskers, coached by Jay Gruden, kept Bollinger among 20 players protected during the league's expansion draft, and did not select any quarterbacks in the 12-round UFL draft on Wednesday night. Former USF defensive end Jarriett Buie said last month that he had agreed to terms with the Tuskers, who have not announced any additional free-agent signings.
The Tuskers, who play in the Citrus Bowl, open an eight-game schedule on Sept. 17 at the Las Vegas Locomotives. Their first home game is Thursday, Sept. 30, at home against Las Vegas.