December 5, 2008

Nation's top JUCO punter holding on

Junior College All-American punter Heath Hutchins was the last commitment of the 2009 class under Sylvester Croom.

The nation's top JUCO punter received word of Sylvester Croom's resignation via text message on Saturday.

But will Croom's departure have an impact on his final commit?

"I felt bad because he was a good guy but I'm still going to come there," Hutchins said. "I'm pretty much waiting to see who the next coach is going to be because I'd like to know. But I'm still going to come there."

Hutchins led the MACJC this past season with a 46.1-yard average booting a long of 69 yards. The 6-3, 215-pounder punted 42 times for Itawamba Community College for 1,933 yards and was named All-State.

The Saltillo, Miss., native said no matter who the Bulldogs bring in as their next head coach, he will be in Starkville for the spring semester.

"It would affect me more if I didn't punt," Hutchins said. "If I was a quarterback and wanted to run a spread and the coach didn't like that it would affect me. But it really doesn't affect me no matter who the coach is I don't think."

Hutchins has been contacted and visited by interim head coach Rockey Felker and assistant coach J.B. Grimes since the news broke on Saturday.

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