August 31, 2010

Hutchins seeking more consistency

Heath Hutchins has plenty of expectations coming out of Itawamba Community College as an All-American punter.

The 6-foot-1, 205-pounder showed flashes of greatness in his first season at Mississippi State but has worked to become more consistent during his senior year.

"Fall camp has gone real good so far," Hutchins said. "It's one of those things that I wished about two weeks into it that it was over. I've been hitting the ball good for a couple of weeks now probably better than I ever have. I wish (game day) would hurry up and get here so I can show the results on the field."

Hutchins punted 50 times last season for 1,986 yards averaging 39.7 yards per punt. His longest of the season came in the opener against Jackson State when be booted a 56-yarder. Hutchins pinned 11 punts inside the 20-yard line.

The Saltillo, Miss., native has been working with head coachDan Mullen, who also serves as special teams coordinator, to improve his consistency this fall.

"You've got to keep him happy," Hutchins said. "Special teams is the first thing he does and if we do bad then he is going to be on one the whole practice. We have to make sure we do our stuff right. I can only think of one punt all of fall camp that was not perfect and that was because it was a real windy day."

Hutchins has been the only true punter practicing during fall camp with redshirt freshman Baker Swedenburg sidelined with an injury. Sean Brauchle has been working some at punter in case of an emergency. Hutchins has also taken the precaution of receiving treatment on his right leg each day to ensure he remains healthy.

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