16   Cullen Finnerty
Cullen Finnerty


Brighton, Mich.

High School:

Height / Weight:
6-2 / 210




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Cullen Finnerty Funeral Arrangements


Remembering Cullen Finnerty

Finnerty finished his career at GVSU as the winningest QB in NCAA history


Football vs. Delta State

NCAA Division II National Semifinal


Football vs. North Dakota

NCAA Division II Regional Final


Football vs. South Dakota

NCAA Division II Playoffs - Second Round


Football vs. Saginaw Valley State


Football at Ferris State

Career: Recorded a 36-4 record as a starting QB...9-1 record in playoffs...Accounted for 9,488 yards and 92 TDs in his career...Passed for 7,685 yards and 69 TDs, while rushing for 1,803 yards and 23 TDs...Ranks second in career total offense with 9,488 yards...Third in career passing yards with 7,685 yards...1,803 rushing yards ranks 14th in Laker annals...23 career rushing TDs is the eighth all-time.

2005: Don Hansen's Football Gazette Honorable Mention All-American...GLIAC Offensive Back of the Year...First-Team All-GLIAC...Finnerty has completed 157-of-273 passes for 2,459 yards and 22 TDs, while rushing for 523 yards and nine TDs...Completed 12-of-19 passes for 172 yards and one TD, while rushing for 59 yards and two TDs on 14 carries in National Championship game (12/10) vs. NW Missouri State...Completed 10-of-14 passes for 241 yards and three TDs vs. East Stroudsburg...Averaged 24.1 yards per completion...Added 39 rushing yards for 280 yards of total offense versus ESU (12/3)...Cullen completed 8-of-18 passes for 116 yards and two TDs vs. Saginaw Valley State (11/26)...Finnerty completed 14-of-26 passes for 245 yards and two TDs vs. North Dakota (11/19)...Cullen completed 11-of-16 passes for 189 yards and three TDs in just 10:37 of game action versus Northern Michigan... Finnerty directed TD drives on four of five drives...Finnerty tallied 362 yards of total offense at Northwood (10/22), completing 15-of-26 passes for 263 yards and one TD and rushing for 99 yards and two TDs on 16 carries...His 362 yards of total offense is the fourth-best single-game total in his career...Cullen completed 11-of-19 passes for 162 yards and rushed 17 times for 32 yards and a TD vs. Saginaw Valley State (10/15)...Completed 11-of-18 passes for 98 yards and one TD, while rushing for 52 yards and a TD at Hillsdale (10/8)...Notched a 30 yard TD run...Completed 14-of-22 passes for 175 yards and rushed 10 times for 95 yards vs. Wayne State(10/1)...Tallied 270 yards of total offense vs. the Warriors...Completed 14-of-28 passes for 208 yards and two TDs, while rushing for 52 yards on 14 carries...Completed 9-of-18 passes for 140 yards at Indianapolis (9/10)...Completed 15-of-26 passes for 247 yards and two TDs vs. Gannon (9/3)...Rushed for 71 yards and a TD on 12 carries and completed 13-of-23 passes for 203 yards and two TDs vs. Ferris State (8/27).

2004: Started all 13 games at QB...Completed 192-of-333 passes for 2,462 yards and 25 TDs...Averaged 189.4 yards passing per game...Rushed for 458 yards and five TDs on 139 carries...Tallied 224.6 yards of total offense per game...Ranked 26th in the country in passing efficiency (138.5)...Ranked 42nd in DII in total offense per game 225.4...Fourth in the GLIAC in both passing yards (189.4) and total offense (225.4) per game...Completed 22-of-35 passes for 391 yards and five TDs at Gannon (9/4)...Completed a season-high 24 passes (34 attempts) for 245 yards and three TDs vs. Hillsdale (10/9)...Completed 19-of-34 passes for 225 yards and two TDs, while rushing for 64 yards on 15 attempts vs. Ashland (9/18)...Averaged 33.0 yards per completion (8-for-13/264 yards) at Northern Michigan (10/30)...Completed 13-of-26 passes for 230 yards and two TDs, while rushing for 79 yards on 15 carries at Saginaw Valley State (10/16)...Rushed for 40 yards or more seven times.

2003: GLIAC Freshman of the Year...GVSU Rookie of the Year...Two-time GLIAC Player of the Week...D2Football.com Player of the Week...Earned first varsity letter after starting 14 games...Completed 230-of-363 passes for 2,764 yards and 22 TDs...Completed 63.4 percent of his passes...Ranked 12th in pass efficiency rating (144.02) and 26th in total offense (256.9) in NCAA DII...Rushed for 822 yards and nine TDs...Also caught one pass for nine yards...Completed 20 or more passes three times...Broke the 200-yard passing mark six times, including two games of over 300 yards...Completed 19-of-29 passes for 149 yards and rushed for 78 yards on 19 carries in DII National Championship game vs. North Dakota (12/13)...Set a GLIAC and GVSU single-game record by completing 90.0 percent of his passes (18-20) at Indianapolis (11/8)...Completed 27-of-38 passes for 399 yards and four TDs vs. Michigan Tech (10/4)...Rushed for 67 yards on 14 carries vs. the Huskies for 466 yards of total offense, the fourth-best GVSU single-game record...Completed 17-of-31 passes for 317 yards and three TDs at Bentley (11/22) in DII playoffs...21-for-28 for 247 yards and three TDs, while rushing for 31 yards and a TD at Northern Michigan (10/11)...Rushed for 109 yards and one TD, while completing 18-of-27 passes for 248 yards and a two TDs versus Wayne State (9/20)...Threw just one interception in last six games (136 attempts).

2002: Did not play.

2001: Redshirted at the University of Toledo.

High School: Prepped at Brighton High School...Livingston County Player of the Year as a senior...Ann Arbor News All-Area First-Team...Honorable mention all-state...Threw for 1,954 yards and rushed for 636 yards...Named Ann Arbor News Player of the Year as a junior...All-area, all-league and all-county as a junior...Threw for 459 yards and kicked three field goals in first playoff game as a junior...Also lettered in track and baseball.

Personal: Son of Tim and Maureen Finnerty...Enjoys fishing and lifting weights...Majoring in business...Brother, Brendan, is also a member of the GVSU football team.

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