With the Bears down to just around 70 scholarship players, having kids that can play multiple positions and check off numerous boxes for the staff is a key. For the Baylor defense, Tyrone Hunt does that the best. Listed at 6-foot-5, 280 pounds, Hunt's position on the roster is defensive end. However, he is listed as the backup defensive tackle behind Byron Bonds. How can that be?
The lack of defensive tackle depth for the Bears makes it possible. With the transition to more of a 3-man front, Hunt could have a vital role along the line at defensive tackle and defensive end. Simply put, he looks like a Shawn Oakman starter kit on the edge. The former All-American, Oakman was 6-foot-9, 280 pounds and started at defensive end the past two years. His stunning height and remarkable reach gave him a tremendous advantage when it came to setting the edge, something he did quite well in his time at Baylor.
Hunt profiles to be a similar type of player on the edge, but could offer more of a pass rush inside as well. A former 2-star recruit, Hunt came to Baylor as a 6-foot-4, 235 defensive end from Arp, TX. He was 2014 Class 3A All-State honorable mention, and was the Co-Defensive MVP of District 8-3a in 2011. In his senior year, Hunt recorded 93 tackles, 14 tackles for loss, 6 sacks, four forced fumbles, and seven quarterback pressures.
He was also one of the last members of the 2015 recruiting class, committing on signing day. UTSA was the only other school to offer Hunt, who was committed to the Roadrunners before the late Baylor offer.
After redshirting the 2015 season, Hunt has put on over 40 pounds of muscle and is up to 280 pounds. With the additional weight, Hunt will be an option for the Bears inside, especially with their lack of defensive tackle depth. A good example of the role that Hunt could have is the one that Jamal Palmer filled for the Bears in 2015. Palmer was primarily a defensive end, but played extensively his senior year in 2015 or Chris McAllister in 2015 who played both inside and outside for the Bears.
Oakman, who started the last few seasons for the Bears as a 4-3 defensive end, profiles to be a prototypical 3-4 defensive end. Hunt has the same type of game to me. With more 3-man fronts being needing to be shown by the Bears, Hunt has the size, length, and strength to hold down one of the edges and keep the Bears linebackers free to make plays. Truthfully, Hunt is the only candidate with the size and strength to truly be a 3-4 end.
With Tyrone Hunt's size, the need for defensive lineman, and the Bears using both a 3 and 4 man front, he makes a great case for being the Bears most interesting man on defense.