Punter Sutherland Is A Gem for Hinds

One of the most underappreciated positions on a football team is the punter. They're rarely profiled on Scout.com or any other 'recruiting' website. Punters usually only trot out a handful of times per game and maybe hold for extra points and field goal attempts. 

However, lost in everything else is the fact that a good punter can help teams win the field-position battle that coaches always talk about and one of the best in the country this fall is Hinds P Brent Sutherland.

"I'm more of a directional or pooch punter than anything else," Sutherland told JCFootball.com.  "I didn't have a big average last year, something like 42 yards per kick, but I pinned teams down inside their 20, 16 times which really helped out our defense last year."

Sutherland (6-4, 200) prepped at Northwest Rankin High School in Rankin County, Mississippi and was a full-qualifier, but he didn't receive any scholarship offers so he decided to follow some friends to Hinds.

"I had a couple of friends who went there and they said that Hinds takes special teams seriously," Sutherland said.  "I went to visit there and met with their coaches and they told me they needed a punter so I decided to come in and see if I could earn myself a four-year scholarship."

Sutherland said Nebraska, Iowa State and Ole Miss are the schools that have made inquiries as to his availabilities for 2007 and he's receptive to all comers.

"I'll go anywhere that offers me a scholarship," Sutherland says.  "Location will only matter if I don't get an offer and have to walk on somewhere.  If that happens I'll probably end up staying in-state so I can be kind of close to my family, but if I got an offer from somewhere, that's probably where I would head."

Sutherland will graduate from Hinds in May of 2007, but because he qualified out of high school, he could end up transferring in December.

"It all depends on whether or not I get an offer before December," Sutherland said.  "If I do, then I'll transfer early so I can get in for spring ball, but if not, I'll just finish up at Hinds and figure out what to do after that."

Sutherland will have three years to play two at the next level and would like to major in the medical field in some capacity.


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