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Northcutt Goes To Cleveland As The 32nd Pick Overall
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: April 15, 2000
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(Cleveland-AP) -- The Cleveland Browns have selected wide receiver Dennis Northcutt from the University of Arizona with the 32nd overall pick in today's N-F-L draft.

Northcutt is a 5-foot-10, 175-pounder, who had 88 catches for 14-hundred yards and eight touchdowns as a senior.

Eariler today, Cleveland took Penn State defensive end Courtney Brown with the number-one overall pick in the draft.

Wide receiver/return specialist Dennis Northcutt
In the previous 100 years of Arizona football, a receiver has never had as productive and spectacular a season as Dennis Northcutt's 1999 campaign. The 5-foot-11, 172 pound senior from Los Angeles set 12 individual school records and helped the offense set several more in 1999. Northcutt ended his career as Arizona's all-time leader in receiving yards (3,252), receptions (223) and all-purpose yards (5,392). His career receptions and yards both rank No. 2 in Pacific-10 Conference history. For his efforts, Northcutt was a consensus All-American at the all-purpose position (1st Team - AP, FBWAA) and was an All-American at wide receiver by the American Football Coaches Association. He also earned second team honors by The Sporting News.

He was a finalist for the Mosi Tatupu Award, given to the nation's top special teams player. The product of Dorsey High School also set season records for receptions (88), receiving yards (1,422), all-purpose yards (2,249) and average gain per play (16.8). His average gain per play also set an NCAA record. Northcutt ended his career with a streak of 42 consecutive games catching a pass, also a Pac-10 record. Northcutt was more than just a valuable receiver. He led the nation with a 18.96 punt return average - also a school record - and took two punts back for touchdowns. Against Texas Christian in the second game of the season, Northcutt caught 10 passes for 257 yards and three touchdowns. His 25.7 yards per catch average set a single game record for a wideout with 10 or more receptions in a game. It was also No. 2 on the single game receiving yardage list at Arizona. He finished the season with eight 100+ yard receiving games, including totals of 257, 139 (Stanford), 140 (Oregon), 121 (USC and UCLA) and 127 (Arizona State). Northcutt was the Wildcats' No. 2 rusher on the season, yardage-wise, with 200 yards on 14 carries. He had an 80 yard touchdown on a reverse against Arizona.

Northcutt's Career Stats
Year    G-GS    Rec.    Yards   TDs  Rush       PR        KOR
1996    11-0    8       75      1    5-8-0      0-0       0-0
1997    11-11   58      767     9    6-105-1    1-0       10-230
Insight 1-1     2       19      0    2-25-0     2-6       2-50 
1998    12-12   63      922     6    9-69-0     38-437    11-219
Holiday 1-1     4       47      0    1-(-15)-0  3-24      2-37
1999    12-12   88      1,422   8    14-200-1   23-436-2  9-191
Career  36-25   225     3,252   24   37-407-1   67-903-2  34-727
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