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 teams 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 Directors Honor Roll in Winter 2002 (3.43) English major.
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