Where Are They Now: Montabella’s Jake Hutson
MONTABELLA — Jake Hutson has always viewed himself as an underdog.
Hutson was a three-sport athlete at Montabella High School, playing football, basketball and baseball. As a 5-foot-6 running back, Hutson proved a lot of people wrong with his incredible skill set on the football field.
He set the single-season rushing record with 1,471 total yards, 167 carries and 21 touchdowns in 2008. He also holds the career rushing record from 2008-2010 with 3,364 yards, 462 rushing attempts and 43 touchdowns.
Hutson was a finalist for the MHSAA Scholar Athlete Award in 2011, a Detroit Free Press Scholar Athlete in 2011, was a three-time honorable mention for All-State and named MSAC First-Team All-Conference three years in a row.
“You know a small-knit community and always being the underdog. And so for me it’s just been, you know, the next step and just always progressing. Football has taken me so far,” said Hutson.
After graduating from Montabella in 2011, Hutson continued his football career at Valparaiso while also studying to become a mechanical engineer.
There he won several awards including being named the National FCS Freshman of the Year (Jerry Rice Award) Finalist in 2012 and the Richard P. Koenig Award for highest degree of character, academics, athletics in 2015.
He was also named team captain from 2013-2015.
“The option to play college football was just an easy choice. I did focus on the education first, but went to a school that I knew I’d be able to play,” said Hutson. “It was a lot of fun and it was an experience that I wouldn’t have changed for anything in the world and shaped who I am today.”
After college, he moved to Lubbock, Texas with his fiancé, Abby Hutson, a former soccer player at Valpo. The pair married in 2017 and moved back to Novi, MI in July of 2021.
The Hutsons are now expecting their first child, a baby girl in November.