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Catching Up with 2018 Mr. Elite Finalist Joseph Hutchinson

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The Lamar Raiders have won seven straight games as they gear up for state playoffs next week. Quarterback Joseph Hutchinson has been a vital part of the Raiders success throwing for 2,541 yards and 30 touchdowns.

Hutchinson has committed to Princeton to continue his football journey after high school. According to Hutchinson, he picked Princeton because he felt like he would get the best of both worlds.

“They give you the best education and are the best Ivy League football program,” Hutchinson told SES Mississippi. “I really loved the coaching staff when I visited, they were very welcoming to me.”

He understands the challenge that getting an Ivy League education will bring while trying to balance it with football. According to Hutchinson, it will be all about dedication and time management.

“It’s just a blessing to be able to play football at the next level and receive the best education.” Hutchinson said. “It’s going to be a challenge to balance both, but I think that I can handle it. To excel at both is going to require a lot of dedication and time management."

Before Hutchinson gets to Princeton, it’s about finishing his senior season. The Raiders are 8-2 and poised to make some noise in the playoffs this season. The Raiders will have a bye to get prepared for playoffs.

“I need to do whatever it takes to deliver a state championship,” Hutchinson said. “We have a first round bye and then playoffs start. From there it’s only two more games until we hopefully win it all.”

According to Hutchinson, the hardest thing about playing quarterback was learning how to win. Hutchinson’s favorite quarterback is a proven winner, and Hutchinson tries to follow in his footsteps every time he steps on the field.

“A guy I emulate is Aaron Rodgers,” Hutchinson said. “He is a winner and finds a way to get everything done. He works with what he has and also has the ability to run when he needs to.”

Hutchinson gives an immense amount of credit to his head coach Mac Barnes. According to Hutchinson, he looks at the field in a completely different way than most coaches do.

“He’s the best coach that I have ever been around and the smartest too,” Hutchinson said. “He looks at the field different than most do. He’s prepared me mentally and physically for the future so I feel more confident than I ever have.”

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