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  Joe Hunter
Joe Hunter

Player Profile
Class:
RS Senior

Hometown:
Vacaville, CA

High School:
Vacaville

Height / Weight:
5-11 / 176

Position:
CB

Birthdate:
06/13/1979

UCLA — Joe enters his senior season in a battle for playing time at the cornerback position opposite Ricky Manning … He figures to compete with sophomore Matt Clark for the starting job and playing time … He participated in Spring Practice for the first time in several years and it was a great benefit to him … Hunter showed improvement in all aspects of playing the position … He gives the Bruins some important experience at the position … He will also be a major factor on special teams.

2001 — He saw action in all 11 games as a reserve cornerback … Was on the field for at least 15 defensive plays in six games … He played 43 defensive snaps in the Alabama game … Also served as a member of most special teams units … Credited with 19 tackles on the season, including 15 solos … Recorded five pass breakups … Had three tackles each against Alabama, Kansas and Washington State.

2000 — As a redshirt sophomore, he appeared in all 12 games as a reserve cornerback … On the year, he played at least 15 snaps on eight occasions, including 61 versus Wisconsin, 46 against Arizona State and 26 versus Stanford … He made a total of 20 tackles, including 17 primaries, and was credited with five passes broken up … He made four stops each versus Stanford and Arizona State and three against Oregon State … He also intercepted a pass against the Sun Devils … Hunter was pressed into service early in the Sun Bowl when starter Jason Bell was injured on the first series of the game and did a good job on his coverage assignments.

1999 — Gained valuable experience as a redshirt freshman … Appeared in all 11 games … Started the first four games of the year before becoming a key reserve … Played at least 25 snaps eight times, including 76 versus Boise State, 71 against Fresno State and 64 at Ohio State … On the year, he made 21 tackles, including 16 primaries … Hunter made two interceptions and was credited with six pass defenses … Made a career-high five tackles in his debut against Boise State, four at Ohio State and three versus Stanford and USC … Made interceptions against Boise State and California.

1998 — Did not see action in his first year in the program.

HIGH SCHOOL — Joe is a physical performer who possesses outstanding speed … Three-year starter in football at Vacaville, CA High School for coach Tom Zunino … PrepStar All-America (No. 10 DB in West) … SuperPrep All-America (No. 9 skill athlete) … SuperPrep All-Far West (No. 13 prospect) … Cornwell All-America … Played in the California-Texas All-Star game … Member of Tacoma News-Tribune Western 100 … Selected all-league as both a junior and a senior … Twice named both football and track MVP … As a senior team captain, he made 32 solo tackles and 16 assists with five interceptions … Averaged 38 yards per kickoff return … On offense, he rushed for 695 yards on 54 carries and eight TDs and caught nine passes for 121 yards and two scores … In each of the first three games of his senior year, he ran for a touchdown on his team’s first play from scrimmage … As a sophomore, he returned three punts for touchdowns … Four-year letterwinner in track and field for coach Mike Papadopoulos … Team captain in his junior and senior years … As a junior, Joe finished second in California state 200 meters (21.03) and sixth in the 100 meters (10.6) … Ranked among the top 20 in the nation in the 200 … MEL league champion in both the 100 meters and 200 meters for three years.

PERSONAL — Full Name: Joseph John Hunter … Born: June 13, 1979 in Redwood City, CA … Parents: Joseph and Patricia Hunter … Has one older sister, Joanna … Lists Jerry Rice, Merton Hanks and Jon Drummond as athletes he admires … Interested in a career in broadcasting … Earned spot on the Director’s Honor Roll in Winter 2002 (3.43) … English major.

b>Varsity Statistics - J. Hunter
Tackles

Year

TT

T-AT

Sacks

TFL

INT

1999

21

16-5

0

0

2-2

2000

21

19-2

0

0

1-0

2001

19

15-4

0

0

0-0

Totals

61

50-11

0

0

3-2

Interception Returns

Year

No

Yds

Avg

TD

Lg

1999

2

2

1.0

0

2

2000

1

0

0.0

0

0

2001

0

0

0.0

0

0

Totals

3

2

0.7

0

2


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