Hutch and Go

The dust has settled, the ink has dried and the relocation plans have been made for tight end Darrion Hutcherson. The one time Auburn signee will get the chance to play SEC football after all. Now headed to Mississippi State, the three star standout is eager to get on the practice field in Starkville to help the Bulldogs get better in what could be a special season.

For the first time in years, Darrion Hutcherson is not on the spring practice football field.

An expected spring graduate at Copiah-Lincoln Community College in Wesson, Mississippi, Hutcherson is working hard in the classroom and the weight room rather than going through the familiar football paces of spring.

"It's been a little different," chuckled Hutcherson of his spring football status. "I have just been getting my grades and I am on the grind every day."

Hutcherson's grind has intensified over the course of the past few weeks as he has begun his physical conditioning the "Hail State" way.

"I have the workout and I have been using it," said Hutcherson. "It's a lot like what we do at Co-Lin, but it's more reps for sure.

"I am doing a lot of the same drills I did before, but instead of having like six reps each set there are ten."

Spring Bulldog newcomer Jocquell Johnson has provided Hutcherson with some valuable insight into what to expect once Hutcherson arrives in Starkville.

"Jocquell seems to be doing pretty good up there," said Hutcherson. "He's been telling me that I better show up in shape.

"He has been telling me to do the workouts and be ready to come in and work and that you have to be in shape or you're going to get behind."

Getting behind would be a disappointment for the Bulldog coaching staff who have shared their expectations with the talented tight end.

"I probably talk to Coach (Scott) Sallach the most, but I talk to some of the other coaches too," said Hutcherson. "They are telling me that they want me to be an immediate impact when I get there.

"They have told me that they have a lot of expectations this year and that they expect to have a big season.

"They want me to come in and help with all of that."

Not many prospects get two chances to play in the SEC, but the Dadeville, Alabama native plans to make the most of his second shot.

"I am enrolling at Mississippi State June 6th," said Hutcherson. "I am excited about everything.

"I am ready to get up there and get to work with the other guys and get ready for the season.

"I saw that Malcolm Johnson had a big day the other day in the scrimmage.

"Seeing all of that, fires me up and it really motivates me to be better.

"I know they like to use the tight end and if I go in and work hard that could be me having the big game."

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