Athlete of the Week: Josh Hutchinson

Athlete of the Week: Josh Hutchinson

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Athlete of the Week: Josh Hutchinson

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Athlete of the Week: Josh Hutchinson
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JOSH HUTCHINSON, senior, Smyrna football

THE WEEK: Had six solo tackles, seven assisted tackles and a sack in the Eagles’ 36-14 victory over Middletown for their second straight DIAA Division I championship on Dec. 3 at Delaware Stadium.

THE PLAN: The Eagles managed to hold Middletown’s dynamic passing game to 12 of 28 for 142 yards in the title game. “We knew we needed to work on our back end on defense, so that’s basically what we focused on most of the weeks before Middletown,” Hutchinson said. “Coach came up with a pretty good scheme that would help us out the best in that situation, would allow us to get a rush and focus on the pass defense.”

THE ROLE: “My role was just to stay inside and protect against the run, just scrape over the top, really, pick up anything that I could see,” Hutchinson said.

THE DEFENSE: The Eagles’ high-flying offense averaged 52.7 points per game this season, while their underrated defense held opponents to 16 points per game. “I wouldn’t say we’ve been overlooked. We’ve gotten our acknowledgements,” Hutchinson said. “We understand as a team, all things have to be working in motion, all things have to click.”

Linebacker Josh Hutchinson led the Smyrna defense with 112 tackles this season.

Linebacker Josh Hutchinson led the Smyrna defense with 112 tackles this season.

THE SPEED: “The best part of my game is I can fly around,” Hutchinson said. “I think I’m a little faster than most people expect a linebacker to be. So I just take advantage of that.”

THE LEADERSHIP: “We watch film a lot,” Hutchinson said. “As a senior, I’m able to communicate with the younger guys and help them out to see things that they probably wouldn’t see. Mentally, as a senior, you’re able to influence the other players around you.”

THE REPEAT: Smyrna became the first Division I team to earn back-to-back football championships since Middletown in 2011-12. The Eagles edged Salesianum 32-26 in overtime in last year’s final. “Not a lot of people get to say that they’ve done something like this,” Hutchinson said. “I’m just proud of my team, my family, my coaches.”

THE CLASSROOM: Hutchinson said his favorite subjects are Social Studies, Government and Health Sciences.

THE FUTURE: Hutchinson has received some recruiting interest to play college football, but has yet to decide on a destination. He would like to study athletic training.

Contact Brad Myers at bmyers@delawareonline.com. Follow on Twitter: @BradMyersTNJ

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