MARYVILLE, Mo. —The impressive pedigree Clint Utter started while a four-sport athlete at Ottumwa High School, has grown exponentially during his stint as a football player for Northwest Missouri State.
Utter, a native of Bloomberg, has transformed from a greenhorn redshirt freshman wide receiver to a seasoned five-year veteran in the midst of an impressive season final season with the Bearcats venerable football program — Northwest Missouri State is ranked third in NCAA Division 11 and have yet to suffer a loss this season. Utter has made 29 grabs for 510 yards and six touchdowns — he averages about 18 yards per catch — in 10 games to help Northwest Missouri State maintain its untarnished record. Utter caught two of his six touchdowns in a 53-7 trouncing of Nebraska-Kierney and he gained a season-high 160 yards and scored on a season-high 70-yard reception to help the Bearcats defeat 18th-ranked Saginaw Valley 45-24.
Despite his solid statistics, Utter says its the tight-knit character of this Bearcats' squad that has made them so successful this season.
"Everyone is very unselfish," he said. "Unselfish, team first and if your number's called be sure to make the play when its your turn. We aren't a big stat team, but we're still putting up a lot of points and we're still winning and that's what's most important."
In what Utter called a big cycle, the Northwest Missouri State receiver has gone from being a seeker to a giver of advice.
"You start off young and you look to older people for guidance on and off the field," Utter said. "We [the seniors] do our best to lead the way. It's good they [the younger players] respect us enough to look to us for guidance."
Of course, it doesn't hurt that the Bearcats are brimming with athleticism.