Honors & Awards

  • Drafted in 1st Round by the Baltimore Colts (5th Overall)
  • 1973 Europe NCAA-Armed Forces Trip
  • 1973 First-Team All-American (AFC-Kodak, AP, UPI, Football News, Time Magazine, Football Writers Association of America, Sporting News, Walter CampFoundation)
  • 1973 First-Team All-Big 8 (AP, UPI)
  • 1973 Nebraska Defensive Player-of-the-Game (UCLA, IowaState)

1973 (Senior)

Earned All-America and All-Big 8 honors in ’73. Biggest of the all the Blackshirts, Dutton finished fourth on the team in tackles with 63 total tackles, 31 unassisted and 32 assisted tackles.

Dutton started off the season on a high note as he was named Nebraska Defensive Player-of-the-Game against UCLA in a season opening 40-13 win. In the game UCLA was held to 20 net passing yards. Dutton and the rest of the Blackshirts came up big against Kansas on October 20th as the Huskers skimmed by in a 10-9 win, in the game Kansas was held to only 180 total yards, 90 yards each in the air and on the ground. Dutton was once again Nebraska Defensive Player-of-the-Game against IowaState as the defense held the Cyclones to only 33-yards in the air in a 31-7 win.

In the 1974 Cotton Bowl against Texas Dutton and the Blackshirts held the Longhorns to one field goal and 196 total yards. An even bigger accomplishment was the fact that All-American fullback Roosevelt Leaks of Texas was held to only 48 yards rushing on the day. Nebraska went on to win the game 19-3, this was Nebraska's fifth straight bowl win dating back to a December 20, 1969 win over Georgia in the Sun Bowl, 45-6.

1972 (Junior)
Dutton ended the season No. 2 on the team tackle chart, only three behind Jim Branch, with 67 total tackles in 1972, 35 were unassisted stops. Dutton used his height to bat down three passes at the line of scrimmage.

In third game of the year at Army in front of a regional ABC audience Dutton and the Blackshirts held Army to minus 12 yards rushing in a 77-7 rout. The following four weeks the defense would post shutouts against Minnesota, Missouri, Kansas and OklahomaState. This feat of four consecutive shutouts hadn’t been accomplished since 1937.

1971 (Sophomore)
Alternate starter in 1971. Part of 1971 National Championship team.

Before Nebraska (Rapid City, S.D.)
Coached by Howard Naasz. High school All-American in both football and basketball. Also a discus star in track.

Nickname – “Lurch”. Born Feb. 6, 1951 to Mr. and Mrs. George H. Dutton.

1971 20 12 32 5-16 0 0 1 0
1972 35 32 67 3-4 2 0 3 0
1973 31 32 63 9-31 1 0 2 0
Total 86 76 162 17-51 3 0 6 0