- Career & Game-By-Game Statistics
Has handled punting duties for the Bulldogs since joining the program in January 2009 and participating in spring practice ... Booted fifty punts for a 39.7 yard average during his first season on campus ... Came to State from the Mississippi junior college system as an all-star punter.
Earned starting spot as Bulldog punter from the beginning of the season ... Began his career with a 56-yard boot against Jackson State and another pinned inside the 20 ... Finished the season with 22 forced fair catches and a pair of 50-yarders ... Had 11 punts downed inside opponents' 20 yard line ... Credited with one tackle on the year, coming against Kentucky.
Punted 93 times for a 44-yard average during his two seasons as a junior college punter . . . Selected first-team, junior college all-America punter by the National Junior College Athletic Association . . . Chosen first-team, All-Region XXIII punter by the NJCAA . . . Named pre-season All-America prior to his sophomore campaign . . . Led the nation in punting during his sophomore campaign, averaging 46.1 yards on 69 kicks, with a season-best 69-yard boot . . . Had a string of six straight games during his sophomore season in which he pinned the opponent inside the 2-yard line, and 25 of 42 inside the 20 for the year . . . Also handled the kicking duties the final five games of that season and missed just one field goal . . . Named all-state by the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges following his freshman season . . . Led the state of Mississippi and ranked sixth nationally in punting as a freshman, averaging 41.8 yards per punt . . . Had a season best 57-yarder during his first JUCO season . . . Thirty of those 55 punts came to rest inside the opponent 20-yard line . . . Played for head coach Jeff Terrill at Itawamba (Miss.) Community College . . . Also an outstanding student in the junior college classroom . . . Committed to MSU in November 2008.
Rated the No. 1 punter at the Ray Guy Punting Academy following his senior season . . . Played at Saltillo (Miss.) High School as a freshman, junior and senior . . . Spent his sophomore year in high school at Wynne, Arkansas.
Born Heath Hutchins, 3/6/88 . . . Son of Mr. and Mrs. Keith Hutchins . . . Also a competition duck caller and outdoors photographer.