Career Summary: Signed with the Tigers in Dec. `07 and was able to work out with the squad in the spring...Had a steady first season, handling 52 of the Tigers' 62 punts...Average of 40.7 yds per punt ranked 11th all-time in single season average...Ranked eighth in C-USA in punting average...Recorded 13 career punts of 50 yds or more...Played in all 13 games in `07...Recorded five punts over 50 yds, with a long of 70...Had a 50-yd or more punt in each of his first three games...Dropped 12 punts inside the 20...Credited with one punt for 51 yards in his first game as a Tiger against Ole Miss...Punted a career-high nine times against MTSU, and placed a career-best three inside the 20...MTSU only returned one of the nine punts in the game... Registered an average of 45.2 yards on six punts in the New Orleans Bowl versus Florida Atlantic...The 45.2 yards was a season best in games with more than two punts...Upped career high with a 70-yd punt in the 4th quarter of the postseason contest...Dropped three punts inside the 20 and only had one returned in the game...Ended season ranked 64th nationally.
2008 Highlights: Played in all 13 games...Ranked 45th nationally and sixth in C-USA in punting (40.9)...Had four punts against Rice for a 40.2 average...Hit a 56 yarder inside the 20 to the 6-yd line in the 4th quarter...Tallied six punts versus UAB and had a 43.5 average...Registered a season long punt of 58 yds...Logged a season-high eight punts for 337 yds in the St. Petersburg Bowl, which was played indoors at Tropicana Field...Tallied a long punt of 56 yds in the contest...Also had four other kicks over 40 yds (48, 44, 48, 43)...Averaged 42.1 yards on his eight punts against USF...Honors: Was a 2008 All-C-USA honorable mention pick...Named Special Teams Player of the Year at team banquet.
2007: Signed with the Tigers in December 2007 and was able to work out with the squad in the spring...Came in to fill the spot vacated by senior Michael Gibson who was a candidate for the Ray Guy Award in 2006...Had a steady first season with the Memphis, handling 52 of the Tigers' 62 punts...His average of 40.7 yards per punt ranked 11th all-time in single season average...Ranked eighth in Conference USA in punting average...Played in all 13 games in 2007...Recorded five punts over 50 yards with a long of 70...Had a 50-yard or more punt in each of his first three games...Dropped 12 punts inside the 20-yard line...Credited with one punt for 51 yards in his first game as a Tiger in the season opener against Ole Miss...Punted three times against Jacksonville State with one falling inside the 20...Had a long punt of 55 yards and none of the three kicks were returned...Booted six punts and logged an average of 41.5 yards per punt against UCF...Punted a career high nine times against Middle Tennessee and placed a career best three inside the 20...MTSU only returned one of the nine punts in the game...Registered two punts versus Rice with a then career-high 61 yarder...Logged four punts against both Tulane and East Carolina...Placed two punts inside the 20 and had six total kicks for an average of 40.2 yards against SMU...Registered an average of 45.2 yards on six punts in the New Orleans Bowl versus Florida Atlantic...The 45.2 yards was a season best in games with more than two punts...Upped his career high with a 70-yard punt in the fourth quarter of the post-season contest...Dropped three punts inside the 20 and only had one returned in the game...Ended the season ranked 64th nationally.
Junior College: Punted two seasons at Hinds Community College...Started as a freshman and averaged 42 yards per punt and pinned his opponent inside their 20-yard line 16 times...Was a third-team selection on the 2006 JC Grid-Wire All-America Team and was an NJCAA preseason Honorable Mention All-America pick, heading into the 2006 season...Totaled 1,650 yards on 45 punts with a long of 52 yards and ranked fifth in the MACJC Region 23 as a sophomore.
Academic Highlights: Named to Tiger 3.0 Club and UM Dean's List for spring 2007 semester.
Prep: A three-year starter for Coach David Coates at Northwest Rankin High School...Averaged 40.9 yards on 43 punts as a senior...Earned three letters in both football and soccer at Northwest Rankin...Helped his squad to a District 3-5A championship in 2004 and 2005...Named first-team all-state after leading team to an 11-2 record...Had an outstanding showing in 2004 against Picayune High, averaging 48.6 yards on six punts...Excelled in the classroom with a 4.0 grade point average...Was a member of the Beta Club and the Mu Alpha Theta honors society.
Personal: Brent Sutherland is the son of Bruce and Ann Sutherland...Born November 26, 1986, in Jackson, Miss.
Sutherland's Career Punting Statistics YR G No. Yds Avg TB FC I20 LG 50+ BL 2007 13 52 2115 40.7 4 8 12 70 6 3
2008 13 52 2,127 40.9 4 7 14 58 7 0
Total 26 104 4,242 40.8 8 15 26 70 13 3