Posted: Thursday, 03 October 2013 2:09PM

MSU's Kurt Kutter brings brain and brawn to line





SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- To be a college lineman requires brain and brawn.  Missouri State senior left guard Kurt Kutter not only has them both, he’s quite possibly the strongest and smartest player on the team.

A 2009 St. Louis Timberland High School product, Kutter’s decision to play for the Bears weighed heavily on academics.

“I’m taught here (at MSU)," said Kutter.  "My money gets paid here, but my degree is coming from Rolla (Missouri S&T).”

A special academic program allows Kutter to take civil engineering classes at Missouri S&T while attending Missouri State and playing for the Bears.  

“We were able to recruit Kurt here because of that," said 8th year head coach Terry Allen.  "He would never have come here without it because he was determined to become an engineer.”

Kutter is scheduled to earn his degree in December.  He will leave MSU as a 4-year Missouri Valley Football Conference honor roll selection and a 3-year starter at left guard.  The balance of football and academics hasn’t always been easy.

“Some of the classes you take require a lot of hours," said Kutter.  "I guess that made some long nights, but I guess you’ve got to get through it now so you can enjoy it later.”

Widely known for his academic prowess, Kutter’s high level mental capacity occasionally becomes an area of humor among his peers.

“He’s got a mental aspect about everything on the field, off the field and in life," said Allen.

“We always joke around that sometimes he over-analyzes things," said offensive line coach Sean Coughlin.  "Unfortunately, you want smart guys on the offensive line, but football is a little different than engineering.  Sometimes you’ve got to kind of react and see what happens.”

Block for the running backs and protect the quarterback; two simple objectives for MSU’s robust front five.  But most importantly, don’t let anyone touch junior QB Kierra Harris.

“When I was growing up I was always told to think of your QB as your mom," said Kutter.  "Don’t let anyone mess with your mom not that he's like that.  "You don’t want to see anyone touch him.”

In just over two months, Kutter will turn in his pads and hit the highly competitive civil engineering job market.  He'll say farewell to his college days, his teammates, and the game he’s loved for the last ten years.

“Just being out here every day and being around the team it’s a pretty neat experience.”

The 1-3 Bears visit South Dakota this Saturday at 2:00 pm.

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