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3   Victor Cruz
Victor Cruz

Class:
RS Senior

Hometown:
Paterson, N.J.

High School:
Paterson Catholic H.S.

Last College:
Brighton Academy (Maine)

Height / Weight:
6-1 / 200

Position:
WR

Birthdate:
11/11/1986


03/04/2009

2008 Victor Cruz Photo Gallery

2008 Victor Cruz Photo Gallery

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    Career Honors 2009 CAA All-Conference First Team 2008 College Sporting News Hon. Mention All-American 2008 CAA All-Conference First Team

    On Cruz: All-American candidate at wide receiver in senior season ... Preseason All-American by several outlets ... First-team All-CAA as a junior ... Coach Morris expects him to be a dominant player in his final collegiate season ... Comes off a strong spring campaign after a breakout junior season ... Also will return kicks and punts for the team ... Great speed and good hands.

    As a redshirt senior in 2009: Game-by-Game Statistics
    • Sensational starting receiver and return man.

  • 2009 CAA All-Conference First Team
    • 2009 College Sporting News Preseason Third Team All-American.
    • 2009 Consensus Draft Services Hon. Mention All-American.
    • 2009 Preseason All-CAA by Coaches and Phil Steele Magazine.
    • 4TH in career catches list with 131. All but one of those catches in came in junior and senior years.
    • 5TH all-time at UMass in career receiving yards (1,958), behind No. 4 Brandon London (2,022)
    • Became 9th UMass player with 100 career catches vs. UNH.
    • Tied for 12th all-time with 11 career receiving touchdowns.
    • Ranked third in the CAA and 27th in the NCAA in receiving yards per game (78.9) with team-best 868 yards in 11 games on 59 catches, 5.4 per game - third in the CAA and 40th in the NCAA.
    • FInished with a 22-game catch streak dating to Sept. 6, 2008.
  • Senior year for 59 catches, ranked as eight-most in a season. Also has fifth-most mark (71) in 2008
  • Total of 868 yards ranked as 11th-most in a season in history. Also fourth in a year (1,064) in 2008.
    • Six career 100-yard games; three as a senior (Albany, Delaware and Hofstra).
  • Team's top punt returner with 15 returns for 65 yards, which ranked seventh in the CAA (4.3 per return)
  • In college finale, racked up 11 catches for 155 yards at Hofstra (11/21).
  • 11 catches vs. Hofstra, ranked tied for fourth-most in a game in school history. Also holds top mark with 13, set in 2008.
    • Two catches for 11 yards on Senior Day vs. James Madison (11/14).
    • Hauled in five balls for 88 yards including an 11-yard TD catch in win over Northeastern (11/7).
    • Eight catches (seven in the second half) for 73 yards at Maine (10/31).
    • Caught four passes for 58 yards and a 20-yard touchdown at #1 Richmond (10/24).
    • Went over 100 career catches in win over #4 New Hampshire (10/17) with six catches for 83 yards. Moved to seventh on both career lists in the game.
    • Grabbed eight balls for 118 yards at Delaware (10/10).
    • Six catches for 96 yards including a 5-yard touchdown reception in win over Rhode Island (9/19).
    • Fourth-career 100-yard game against Albany (9/12) with six catches for 121 yards and two touchdowns. Hauled in a 67-yard TD, the second-longest reception of his career.
    • Had two catches for 44 yards at Kansas State (9/5).

    As a redshirt junior in 2008: Named a College Sporting News Honorable Mention All-American ... Earned first team CAA All-Conference honors ... Leads UMass in receiving with 71 catches for 1064 yards and six touchdowns ... Became the sixth 1,000-yard receiver in a single season in UMass history ... In 12 games, has the fourth-best single-season receiving yards total and fifth-best in catches for a year ... LEADS the CAA and ranks 13th in NCAA in receiving yards per game with 88.7. Also ranks FIRST in CAA and tied for 20th in FCS with 5.92 catches per game ... Has two games with 10 or more catches and three games with 100 or more yards ... Greatest day in UMass history for a receiver with school-record 262 yards on school-record tying 13 catches at #7 James Madison (9/13). Also scored first two career touchdowns. The 262 receiving yards ranks fourth in conference history. Also hauled in a career-long 69-yard catch. In the second half alone, had 11 catches for 248 yards ... Went over 1,000-yard mark for the season with nine catches for 80 yards at #13 New Hampshire (11/15) ... Three catches vs. Hofstra (11/22) for 16 yards and three catches for 45 yards vs. Maine (11/8) ... Second-career two-touchdown game in making seven catches for 129 yards at Rhode Island (11/1) ... Grabbed three balls for 93 yards against Bryant (10/25), including a 37-yard touchdown in the first quarter. Also returned three punts for 32 yards ... Game-best eight catches and 81 yards including a 22-yard touchdown vs. Richmond (10/18) ... Made 10 catches for 139 yards at Northeastern (10/11). Catches mark ranks ninth in school history ... Grabbed five balls for 76 yards vs. #16 Delaware (10/4) ... Led UMass with five catches for 54 yards at #11 FBS Texas Tech (9/20) ... Posted five catches for 89 yards at Holy Cross (9/6) ... Started for first time against Albany (8/30), but no catches.

    As a redshirt sophomore in 2007: Played in the final eight games of the season ... Made one catch for 26 yards, for his first collegiate catch against New Hampshire (11/10) ... Also carried the ball twice on reverses against Villanova (10/13) and Northeastern (10/20).

    As a redshirt freshman in 2006: Did not play in any games.

    As a freshman in 2005: Redshirt season.

    Before UMass: Spent fall of 2004 at Bridgton Academy in North Bridgton, Maine for a post-graduate semester ... Graduated from Paterson Catholic High School in Paterson, N.J. ... Two-way star in high school at wide receiver and defensive back for the Parochial Group 1 champions ... All-State honoree as a senior ... Played for Head Coach Benjie Wimberle ...Helped the team go undefeated (11-0) in 2003 ... Made 42 catches for 731 yards ... Totaled 19 touchdowns his senior year, including 15 receiving, one rushing, one on a punt return, one on a kick return and one on an interception return ... Scored two of those scores in less than 30 seconds on an interception and a kickoff return ... A First Team All-North Jersey, First-Team All-Passaic County, first team All-B.P.S.L., first team Parochial All-State and second-team Associated Press All-State selection ... Played in the North-South All-Star Football Classic at Rutgers Stadium ... Also a member of the basketball team.

    Personal: Victor Cruz ... Born November 11, 1986 in New Jersey ... Son of Blanca Cruz ... Played with fellow Paterson resident Cesar Rosario at UMass from 2005-07 ... Majoring in African-American Studies.

    Career Statistics (Receiving)

    Year	GP/GS	No.	Yds.	Avg.	TD	Lg.
    2007	8/0	1	26	26.0	0	26
    2008	12/12	71	1064	15.0	6	69
    2009	11/10	59	868	14.7	5	67
    Totals	31/22	131	1958	15.0	11	69
    

    Career Statistics (Punt Returns)

    Year	GP/GS	No.	Yds.	Avg.	TD	Lg.
    2008	12/12	6	57	9.5	0	16
    2009	11/10	16	65	4.3	0	16
    Totals	21/22	22	122	5.5	0	16
    

    Career Statistics (Kickoff Returns)

    Year	GP/GS	No.	Yds.	Avg.	TD	Lg.
    2008	12/12	3	66	22.0	0	24
    

    CAREER HIGHS

    Receptions: 13 at James Madison (9/13/08) T-School Rec.
    Rec. Yards: 262 at James Madison (9/13/08) School Rec.
    Long Reception: 69 at James Madison (9/13/08)
    Touchdowns: 2 three times, last vs. Albany (9/12/09)
    100-Yard Rec. Gms: 6, last at Hofstra (11/21/09) UM 3-2
    Consecutive Receptions: 22 games (9/6/08-11/21/09)
    

    Game-By-Game

    2008	Rec.-Yards-TD, Lg	PR/KR
    8/30	Alb.	0-0	0-0
    9/6	HC	5-89-0, 38
    9/13	JMU	13-262-2, 69
    9/20	TTU	5-54-0, 22	2-44 (KR)
    10/4	Del.	5-76-0, 29
    10/11	NU	10-139-0, 26
    10/18	Rich.	8-81-1, 22
    10/25	Bry.	3-93-1, 37	3-32 (PR)
    11/1	URI	7-129-2, 35	2-21 (PR)
    11/8	Maine	3-45-0, 19
    11/15	UNH	9-80-0, 22	1-22 (KR)/1-4 (PR)
    11/22	Hof.	3-16-0, 7
    
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