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Image: (left) Tom Hutton - 247 sports. (right) Jordy Sandy - TCU Athletics

Gippsland College Clash

Gippsland College Clash

Image: (left) Tom Hutton - 247 sports. (right) Jordy Sandy - TCU Athletics

Hutton and Sandy prepare for college clash this weekend

By Pat Gordon

Two Latrobe Valley footballers will take the same field for the first time since their code switch to gridiron, when Texas Christian University (TCU) and Oklahoma State University (OSU) clash on Sunday.

29-year-old Tom Hutton, who played Mid Gippsland Football with Yallourn-Yallourn North has been taking punting duties for OSU, while 25-year-old Jordy Sandy who played with Traralgon in the Gippsland League, has been punting and place holding for TCU.

The pair worked together at the Australian Paper Mill at Maryvale, and were recruited from ProKick Australia, who have seen Australian Punters carve out successful College and NFL careers.

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Both TCU & OSU are in the 'Big 12 Conference' and have played in front of bumper crowds reaching over 100,000 fans at points during the season.

Hutton's OSU currently has five victories through its opening eight games, while Sandy's TCU sits at four wins through seven games.

Both have enjoyed strong starts to their college careers as freshman and will have an extra incentive for victory on Sunday, with some friendly bragging rights on the line.

Sandy has averaged 36.3 yards per attempt from 33 punts this season for a total of 1197 yards, with 14 ending up inside the opposition 20 yard line and a long punt of 55 yards.

Hutton has averaged 39.4 yards per attempt from 37 attempts this season for a total of 1458 yards, with 17 ending up inside the opposition 20 yard line and a long punt of 55 yards.

Hutton also pulled off a rare pass completion, nailing a trick play that saw him complete a 20 yard pass for a first down against Baylor.

Unfortunately they won't see the field at the exact same time, with punters only typically used for a handful of plays for their respective teams.

The game between TCU and OSU will take place early on Sunday morning Australian time, with the game to be broadcast on ESPN2 from 6:30am.

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