ABC22/FOX44 Athlete of the Week: Middlebury's Cullen Hathaway

Published 09/03 2014 06:46PM

Updated 09/15 2014 01:01PM

Middlebury, VT -- This season the reigning division 1 state champion Middlebury Tigers have a new, more athletic look. Led by a trio of athletes in Austin Robinson, Bobby Ritter, and this week's Athlete of the Week Cullen Hathaway.

"He's a quiet kid, but he does his talking on the field." said Middlebury head coach Dennis Smith. "When his opportunity knocks he's ready to go."

"I'm just running." Hathaway said after a week 1 win over Essex. "So for them to be a part of that sort of sparks a fire within the whole team. It's nice to be a part of the process of getting the whole team going."

Hathaway had one of the big plays in Friday's win, an 87-yard kick-off return with a fake reverse.

"In Middlebury there's a lot of tradition." said Hathaway. "And kick return is a huge part of that tradition. We've been running that return since I was a little boy. Every day we go out in practice and execute it until it's down to a fine art. It's just a big part of our game. Special teams."

While his intangibles are what the crowds notice most, he's just as fundamentally sound as any other player on the field.

"Cullen's a great player, and he's really fast." said Middlebury quarterback Austin Robinson. "Outside of the highlight plays he has that everyone sees he's a great blocker and a great teammate and he does that stuff really well."

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