Stony Brook’s pro day may not necessarily present the last chance for former Seawolves star running back Conte Cuttino, but he is going to treat it as such.
With as many as 15 to 20 teams expected to be in attendance at Stony Brook’s pro day on Friday morning, Cuttino called it a “brilliant opportunity” for him to shine. “I’ve been waiting for this,” said Cuttino. “It’s going to be a big coming out party for me.”
Cuttino finished up his career in 2009 as Stony Brook’s all-time leading rusher with 3,607 yards. Cuttino was the first Stony Brook running back to eclipse 3,000 career years. His program mark stood until 2012 when Miguel Maysonet shattered it.
In a strange bit of irony, Cuttino can thank Maysonet for Friday’s opportunity. Stony Brook is having a pro day in part because of Maysonet’s great career. It’s believed Maysonet may get drafted as early as the fourth round.
“Miguel is going to help everyone at the pro day,” said Cuttino.
Cuttino hasn’t played a down of football on American soil since his senior year at Stony Brook, spending time in the CFL and the European Football League.
His time outside of the United States had its bumps as Cuttino’s stint with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the CFL in 2011 was cut short after he was released by the team for releasing information on injured players via his now-defunct Twitter account.
The running back said he’s learned from the situation and is ready to move on. “I’m a stronger and smarter person,” said Cuttino. “If I wasn’t grown up then, I am now. It was a real learning experience.”
He’s also hoping that his experience in the CFL will be taken into account by NFL general managers and coaches.
Cuttino has been all business in recent months, spending time working out with Britton Kelly of Next Level Performance and Lynn Goff of Pro Performance to stay in shape.
“This is a big stage,” said Cuttino. “It’s a dream to be able to showcase my talents.”