K - Kutch, Zach, Illinois Redbirds 10
Class: Senior 10' Class
High School: Milton, FL
Height / Weight: 5/9 / 175
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Paul Assad, Pro College Football Player Development and Scouting comments: Has a quick leg. Has range. Mostly a kick off guy. Transitioning to field goal kicker. Transfer from Auburn. Will show dramatic improvement and be a next level prospect with adjustments to plant foot and torso positions. Hard worker. Should be the starting kicker for the Illinois Redbirds under a new staff.
UPDATED NOV. 18, 2009 WEEK:
First team by senior placekicker Zach Kutch while seven other Redbirds were named to the All-Valley Football Team Wednesday, as voted on by the league's coaches, sports information directors and media members. Kutch, a two-time MVFC Special Teams Player of the Week during the season, set a new ISU and Valley single-season record with 22 field goals made during the season and his field goal per game average (2.0) is currently tied for first in the country with Liberty's Matt Bevins. The Milton, Fla., native earned his first weekly honor after setting a new school and league record with six field goals made against Western Illinois. The second weekly honor came after he nailed a pair of 50+ yard field goals in an upset win over No. 9 Northern Iowa, making him the first player in school history and just the fifth in league history to hit two field goals from 50 yards or more in the same game. See Story <<
UPDATE NOV. 7, 2009:
PK Zach Kutch, Illinois State, 5-9, 175, Sr., Milton (Fla.) Auburn
Kutch set a school and conference record with six field goals made in Illinois State 25-7 win over Western Illinois. The Milton, Fla., broke the school record (4) and league record (5) with those six field goals, which included a career-long 48-yarder in the second quarter. Three of Kutch's field goals were 40 yards or longer (48, 40, 45) and four out of the six were made in the third quarter. Kutch's only blemish on the day was a 42-yarder that was blocked in the second quarter, as he finished 6-for-7 overall in the contest.
2008: Handled 83 percent (50-of-60) of Illinois State's kickoffs ... took over the starting kick-off duties at Indiana State ... averaged 56.1 yards per kickoff with two touchbacks ... made 3-of-4 field-goal attempts, including a career-long 43-yarder versus Missouri State.
Auburn 2007: Handled kickoff duties for the Tigers in five games ... averaged 53.2 yards on 16 kickoffs.
Auburn 2006: Redshirted.
Auburn 2005: Appeared in five games and made 14 kickoffs with a pair of touchbacks, while averaging 61.9 yards per kickoff ... named to the All-SEC Academic Team as a freshman.
Milton HS: As a senior, converted 11-of-15 field-goal attempts, including a long of 52 yards ... in the last two years combined, made 52-of-55 extra-point attempts and 24-of-33 field-goal tries, including a 100-percent success rate on field-goal attempts inside 49 yards ... named to the All-Northwest Florida Team as a junior ... two-time first-team all-area kicker ... earned first-team all-state honors following his junior and senior seasons ... ranked in the top-10 among senior kickers in 2004 by Rivals.com ... member of the Emerald Coast High School All-Star Team ... also earned all-region honors by PrepStar.
Data: Born 12-19-85 in Pensacola, Fla. ... son of Ray and Kim Kutch ... younger of two children ... pursuing a master's degree in sports management.
YEAR G-GS FGM FGA PCT LONG KO YARDS AVG
2008 11-0 3 4 .750 43 50 2804 56.1
CAREER SINGLE-GAME HIGHS
Field Goals Made: 1, three times
Longest Field Goal: 43 vs. Missouri State, 10-18-08
Most PATs: 3 at South Dakota State, 11-8-08