Oct. 3, 2006
By Jackie Banda, USU Athletic Media Relations Student Assistant
One might think the Idaho game would be a big deal to Aggie football player Jake Hutton, who graduated from Highland High School in Pocatello, Idaho. The former Idaho high school defensive player of the year was not recruited by the Vandals, but does not feel he has anything to prove to that school.
"This game is not a bigger deal than any other game for me because I don't have any ties to them," Hutton said this week. "They are way up in the northern part of the state so I followed Boise State and Idaho State a lot more."
His play would seem otherwise as in the third game of his Aggie career last season, he recorded his first career double-digit tackle game with 10 stops against Idaho.
He would later top that total with 12 tackles against New Mexico State in the final game of 2005 and earlier this year had a 10-tackle game against Utah.
Last year as a walkon at Utah State, he recorded 87 tackles, to rank as the third-leading freshman tackler in the nation, while also leading the Aggies in that department. That fine play earned him a scholarship this season.
Hutton decided to come down to Utah State after his good friend and high school quarterback, Cole Nielson, signed with the Aggies in 2004. Nielson is currently on a LDS mission and will return this month. Hutton said he had offers from other schools that were not division I, but that USU was where he wanted to be.
Hutton joined the Aggies in the spring of 2004 as a walk-on. But by the time the season started he had fought his way into the starting lineup. As an outside linebacker, Hutton recorded at least eight tackles in six of the first seven games of the year.
The 6-0, 225-pounder enjoys wakeboarding and snowboarding, but his real passions are football and lifting weights.
"I'm kinda known as the weight room guy around here," Hutton said. "I am always lifting. I have a pretty good diet too."
Before games Hutton said he likes to settle down and focus on the game. He doesn't have any rituals or superstitious habits. Hutton also said he does not like to listen to music before games.
"It gets me too pumped and I just like to calm down a little bit.' Hutton said.
Hutton also wrestled as a kid, but he quit so that so he could focus on football His attention to football paid off as he recorded 121 tackles, three sacks and one interception as a senior. He earned all-state honors as well as the defensive honor.
"My dad got me into all sports when I was little." Hutton said
Hutton said his favorite meal would be anything that his dad barbecues. Hutton said he doesn't get the opportunity to go to Pocatello often to visit his family, but they are supportive of his athletic career.
The sophomore is not only enjoying success on the field, as he once again leads the team in tackles, but he is performing in the classroom as well.
"My first semester here, I was a walkon so I didn't have my books paid for, so I just didn't even buy any." Hutton said." I still got a 3.5."
As an incoming freshman, on a college budget, books were an expense that Hutton wasn't prepared for. Hutton said he now has all his books each semester and is still doing well in his classes. Hutton is an exercise science major.
"The weight room, that's my favorite class." Hutton said however.
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