Spring football is underway, and ShowMeMizzou.com spoke with Missouri sophomore WR Jimmie Hunt about getting started with practice. This is Hunt's year to step forward, and I'm looking for a breakout season from the talented wide-out.
"It was a great first day of spring ball," said Hunt. "Beautiful weather! James (Franklin) had some great throws! Corbin (Berkstresser) had some great throws. It was all-around great tempo today."
Hunt is lining up at the Z WR position with the second-team offense. I asked him about the move from the inside receiver position to the outside?
"I've always been in the slot," explained Hunt. "But I'm open for anything, whatever helps the team. I'm working hard, trying to get better every day."
I asked Hunt about the difference between playing on the outside as compared to playing in the slot?
"Really just different alignments," replied Hunt. "Just knowing where your alignment is going to be, just making sure that you get the proper depth. You're most likely going to have a man pressing you. So, it's just really just getting off of the corner, instead of having to battle with a linebacker."
Hunt measures 6'0", and weighed in at 209 pounds. I asked him about his testing results this spring.
"I ran a 4.42 forty, but my hamstring was sore," dead-panned Hunt. "I only jumped 39 inches. Ugh! A ten-one broad jump."
Hunt talked about getting to work more with Franklin this spring to develop a better rapport with the starting quarterback than in past years, when he didn't get many reps with the number one QB.
"We're vibing pretty good," explained Hunt, in reference to the development of rapport with Franklin. "Our vibe is great, but it can always get better. So, that's what we're looking forward to over these next few weeks, is to just get everything down to a T, and get ready for the season."
Hunt believes that he's gotten better at a lot of the little things, such as coming off of the ball, using his hands, including hand placement, and planting his foot in the ground and coming out of his break. I asked Hunt what he's working on this spring, what he wants to get better at?
"Everything," replied Hunt. "First off, catching the ball and looking it in. Second of all, bursting after the catch."
"And, celebrating with my teammates," Hunt continued with a broad grin."