Eagles' two-sports star looks to duplicate feat at Davis

Never mind that former Santa Fe Christian two-sport standout Corbin Cutshaw hasn't played a single down or had an official at-bat since graduating from the perennial small-school power more than a year ago.

Since leaving the Solana Beach campus for California's Central Valley, his athletic career has hardly been uneventful. As one of the most versatile and dynamic athletes sports-rich Northern San Diego County has produced in recent years, Cutshaw has already made his mark at UC Davis.

Cutshaw, who was recruited for football, made the baseball team too, becoming the school's first athlete to play the two sports in almost 20 years, and the only one to do so since the school started transitioning to Div. I from Div. II in 2003.

Cutshaw red-shirted his freshman year in both sports, preserving his four years of eligibility.

"I was pretty busy," Cutshaw said. "I'm really passionate about both sports, and I really like the school."

Cutshaw has had to balance a busy practice schedule with the rigorous demands of being economics major at a school known mostly for academics. His ability to excel in both departments should come as no surprise though.

In addition to being named San Diego County 's offensive player of the year in football and a first-team all-county selection in baseball, Cutshaw received all-county academic first-team accolades too.

"It's a little tough, but balancing two sports and studying has definitely taught me time management and discipline," Cutshaw said.

Cutshaw figures to be a cornerstone player for the Aggies, who just completed their Div. I transition, competing in the Big West and Great West Conferences in all sports, which made the program eligible for postseason play for the first time since moving up.

The Aggies football team finished the season with a respectable 5-6 overall record, but was 1-3 in Great West conference play.

Their baseball team had a strong showing, going 35-24 and 13-11 in conference play. The Aggies advanced to the first round of the NCAA regional tournament, where they were eliminated by Stanford.

Cutshaw figures to make his most immediate impact in football, where his presence and playmaking ability in the backfield should give pass-happy UC Davis a bit more balance. The Aggies averaged just 108 rushing yards per game, accounting for barely more than a quarter of their 405 total offense average.

Cutshaw was San Diego County's most prolific offensive player his senior year, when he led the county in rushing yards with 2,007 and in touchdowns with 37.

He rushed for 175 yards in Santa Fe Christian's 34-21 2006 title game victory over Mission Bay of San Diego at Qualcomm Stadium, leading the Eagles to their third section title in a row.

"My best memories from high school are winning championships and the camaraderie we had on all those teams," Cutshaw said. "We had a great bunch of guys on those teams and we were all best friends outside of school too.''

Cutshaw didn't miss a beat in baseball, leading the Eagles to consecutive section title game appearances at Tony Gwynn Stadium his junior and senior years.



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