Cody Nutter returns to South

PARKERSBURG – His dream of playing in the National Football League temporarily placed on hold, former Parkersburg South and West Virginia University football player Cody Nutter is returning to his high school alma mater in hopes of fulfilling another dream -helping the Patriots win a state football title.

“I’m really excited,” said Nutter. “I can’t be happier. I’m looking forward to working with the coaches and players and helping my alma mater win a state championship.”

Nutter, who graduated from WVU in 2012 with a teaching degree in physical education and health, has been placed on Wood County Schools’ substitute list and now will be recommended to the Board of Education tonight to join the Patriots’ football coaching staff.

“Coach (Mike) Eddy approached me and said he would like to have me on his staff,” said Nutter. “It’s always something that I have thought about doing, so I said yes.”

After graduating from Parkersburg South in 2007, Nutter elected to become an invited walk-on with the Mountaineers. The 238-pounder was redshirted that first season, but was added to the roster as a long snapper and tight end for the 2008 campaign.

Taking over the long snapping duties during the spring, Nutter started all 13 games in 2009, earning special teams champion in the loss to LSU and eventually receiving a full scholarship after the season.

He maintained his position atop the depth chart at the position over the next two seasons. During his tenure as the Mountaineers’ long snapper, WVU did not have a punt, field goal or extra point blocked.

Nutter closed out his career as part of the team that demolished Clemson in the Orange Bowl (70-33).

“It (my college career) was great. I’d not trade it for anything. Going out with that win over Clemson in the Orange Bowl will always be one of my biggest memories.”

Now, Nutter, who garnered a tryout with Tampa Bay following the 2012 season, hopes to make new memories as an assistant at Parkersburg South.

“I hope I will be able to relay a lot to them (the South players). I’ve been around a lot of great coaches and I think I will be able to help them (the players) out.”

His duties with the Patriots will include working with coach Dave Foggin with the freshman squad, working with long snappers and special teams and coaching tight ends and defensive backs with the varsity.

Nutter was a three-year letter winner, earning second team Class AAA all state honors, and played in both the North-South and BACF All-Star football games.

At WVU, he was named to the Garrett Ford Academic Honor Roll seven times, the Dean’s List five times and was a Big East Academic All-Star twice. He is one of two children of David and Susan Nutter.