Austin Cutting

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Austin Cutting
No. 58 – Minnesota Vikings
Position:Long snapper
Personal information
Born: (1996-10-27) October 27, 1996 (age 23)
Keller, Texas
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:245 lb (111 kg)
Career information
High school:Central (TX)
College:Air Force
NFL Draft:2019 / Round: 7 / Pick: 250
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career NFL statistics as of 2019
Games played:16
Player stats at NFL.com

Austin Cutting (born October 27, 1996) is an American football long snapper for the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League (NFL).[1] Cutting played college football at the United States Air Force Academy,[2] and was selected by the Vikings in the seventh round of the 2019 NFL Draft.[3]

Professional career[edit]

Cutting was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the seventh round (250th overall) of the 2019 NFL Draft.[4] There had been precedent (such as Joe Cardona of the 2015 NFL draft) for military school graduates to be allowed to defer their 24 month service policy,[5] but in 2017 United States Secretary of Defense, Jim Mattis, rescinded the policy to allow military service academy student-athlete graduates to delay their assignments to explore professional sports opportunities. In June 2019, United States President Donald Trump requested that a policy be established to facilitate athletic pursuits and Cutting was the first to sign a professional contract following the new policy.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Austin Cutting". www.vikings.com. Retrieved 2019-04-28.
  2. ^ "Austin Cutting to serve his country with Air Force but still could be Vikings' long snapper". Twin Cities. 2019-04-28. Retrieved 2019-04-28.
  3. ^ OConnell, Jim. "Air Force long snapper Austin Cutting drafted by Minnesota Vikings". Colorado Springs Gazette. Retrieved 2019-04-28.
  4. ^ Peters, Craig (April 27, 2019). "Vikings Cap 2019 Draft by Selecting Receiver and Long Snapper". Vikings.com.
  5. ^ Tomasson, Chris (April 29, 2019). "Austin Cutting to serve his country with Air Force but still could be Vikings' long snapper". St. Paul Pioneer Press. Retrieved September 8, 2019.
  6. ^ Hartsell, Jeff (August 14, 2019). "Trump decision could help West Ashley's Brett Toth get Army's permission to play in NFL". The Post and Courier. Retrieved September 8, 2019.