Q&A with Aaron Hunt

"They have great fans. I'd put them on the same level as far as that goes. They fill up their stadium, we fill up our stadium. College football is a big deal both here and there," senior placekicker Aaron Hunt said about the Tigers' postseason match up with Tennessee.


What would be a bigger accomplishment for you, beating South Carolina in 2000 on a game winning kick, or beating Tennessee with a game winning kick in the Peach Bowl?
Hunt: Probably against Tennessee, because it's my last shot and it's against a team I grew up with. The South Carolina kick was huge for both me and for the fans, the university and all of that. They'd both be right up there at the top I guess.

Did you grow up rooting for Tennessee considering you are from Oak Ridge?
Hunt: Yeah, I was a big Vol fan until I came here. I went to a lot of their games growing up, probably too many to count actually.

What was the most memorable game you went to at Neyland Stadium?
Hunt: Well, it's probably memorable for a bad reason, but I think it's when they played Arkansas in a game and it was raining and we were sitting right underneath an overhang off the upper deck. The water kept on coming down on us, so that wasn't much fun. That was probably 5 or 6 years ago now.

What's the difference between the fan base of Clemson and Tennessee? Would you say that they are equally as passionate?
Hunt: They have great fans. I'd put them on the same level as far as that goes. They fill up their stadium, and we fill up our stadium. College football is a big deal both here and there.

Do you know all the words to "Rocky Top?"
Hunt: (laughing) Yup. I sure do.

Will you sing it for us?
Hunt: (laughing) No, I'm sure not going to sing it.

Did you want to go Tennessee coming out of high school?
Hunt: Well, Tennessee was all I really knew at the time to be honest, so I thought about going there, they never offered me a scholarship, but I went to all their games and made visits there. But I also wanted to get away from home a little bit, and Clemson was the perfect opportunity for me to do that. Clemson offered and I jumped right on it.

What does life after college football have in store for you?
Hunt: I wish I knew (laughing). I'm going to try and catch on somewhere in the NFL or the Arena League or something. I want to continue kicking and keep working on it. If that doesn't work out, then I guess I'll have to get a job. It's always been a dream of mine to play football my whole life, but I have my degree in Sports Marketing to fall back on.

What are your thoughts about Jad Dean coming in next year?
Hunt: Jad's got a strong leg, but he's still adjusting to learning how to kick off the ground right now, but I think he's going to be a good one.

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