Overview: Brandon Hutchison is a defensive tackle and defensive end who played for Michigan Technological University. He has good instincts and is a good athlete.
I had the pleasure of interviewing Brandon, during which time he told me more about his background, his personality and his overall love for football.
Christa: For the people who do not know your story, how did you wind up choosing Michigan Technological University?
C: Since you are from a smaller school, how do you plan on making yourself stand out and noticed by scouts?
BH: I chose Michigan Tech for a few reasons based of the fact that it offered the right combination of athletics and academics. The school academically is well known with a great network, which would be important if I need to fall back on my degree. But I always had a vision and goal to play professionally, so I also chose Tech based on what I thought then would be the best way to help me achieve my goals. My position coached played at the D2 level, went on to play a couple years for the Saskatchewan Roughriders organization in the CFL and then several years for the Miami Dolphins. That, along with there being two All-American defensive ends as upcoming seniors to learn from is why I chose Michigan Tech.
C: What would you say are your strengths and weaknesses?
BH: I am attending the NFL Regional Combine in Minneapolis on March 5th, as well as trying to get into a Pro Day. But to stand out and get noticed, I am relying on my athleticism and test numbers. I plan to run in the mid to low 4.6 range, jump close to 10′ on the broad jump and can hit 30-32 reps on the bench. In game, my intelligence through play recognition, quick feet and physicality will stand out if given the opportunity.
C: What separates you from the other players at your position?
BH: My strengths are my intelligence, physicality and relentless effort. I’m a shorter player, but more than make up for this with my leverage, hand and foot work, and physicality from whistle to whistle. My weaknesses are at times I can elongate my steps which causes me to lose some of my leverage and I can remain on a guy after I have locked him out instead of shedding quickly and advancing.
C: Which current or former NFL player do you think you resemble and why?
BH: I would have to say Robert Mathis. He didn’t get a lot of attention after his senior year at a small school, was “too small and undersized”, is the same body type as myself, and plays with great effort, power and explosiveness.
C: Who is the toughest player you’ve ever faced in your college career?
BH: Matt Armstrong, GVSU.
C: Who was your role model in football when you were growing up, and who was your role model outside of the sport during your childhood?
BH: My role model in football growing up was Ray Lewis; my role model outside of the sport was my grandma.
C: How do you prepare for game day? Do you have any game day rituals?
BH: I’m not too ritualistic, just try to stay loose and relaxed before the game. After pre-game meal I’ll usually lay down and listen to some calm music, like the Temptations. I’ll say a prayer while I stretch and slowly warm up and then do some body weight exercises. I don’t get too hyped up or listen to some “harder” music until an hour or so before game time, then I’ll visualize possible plays and what my reaction to those plays would be.
C: What is the most inspirational or powerful thing a coach has ever said to you in your college career?
BH: I had a meeting with my DLine coach in my 3rd year and he wrote on the white board, “RELENTLESS.” and told me, “You can be a player if you want to be; you have to be relentless and attack every rep, lift, play like it’s your last.”. I was playing a hybrid between DE and DT, an ended up starting 26 games at DT between 245-250lbs in the best conference in D2. That one meeting I had with him stuck with me that if I envisioned it and had the confidence in myself, with my effort, I could be a player.
C: What was your favorite moment/play at Michigan Technological University?
BH: My favorite play/moment was my junior year against our rival, Northern Michigan, at their place. We were down and our offense stalled and had to punt in the fourth quarter, putting the game on a defensive stop. On third down, I got a key pass deflection at the line that forced a punt from Northern. We kicked a last second field goal to keep the rivalry trophy.
Locker Room Update would like to thank Brandon Hutchison for taking the time to speak with us. We wish him the best of luck as he continues his journey as an NFL 2016 draft prospect.
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