In The Hunt For Playing Time At Running Back

During pre-season camp 2013, sophomore running back Tyler Hunt has been impressive with his hard running style and ability to get tough yards. spoke with him about his work and the possibility of seeing the field this season.

During fall camp, sophomore TB Tyler Hunt 5’11” 215 has continued to impress with his ability to get the tough inside yards after contact. During Missouri’s first two scrimmages this fall, T. Hunt has averaged over 6 yards/carry. He’s just looking for an opportunity to tote the rock.

“Tyler Hunt is a great athlete,” said Missouri Offensive Coordinator Josh Henson, speaking of the walk-on back. He’s one of the guys we’re looking at for that short-yardage role.”

T. Hunt is a great athlete. Coming out of Westran High School, the Huntsville (MO) native passed on a promising baseball career to walk on at Mizzou and fulfill his dream of playing football at Missouri. In recent testing, he was measured at 13% body fat, and he ran a 4.46-second 40-yard dash, to go along with a 40” vertical jump, and a 10’3” standing broad jump. He’s pushed 20 reps at 225 pounds in the bench press, and has a maximum in the squat of well over 600 pounds. He runs hard, and strong.

“That’s my goal,” explained T. Hunt, when I asked him about the possibility of him handling the role of short-yardage back for Missouri this season. “That’s the goal, to keep working toward that. Definitely, I keep my feet moving every time I get the ball and make contact. I mean, I’ve done that my whole life. So, I just try to keep my knees driving, and make tough runs. That’s what’s going to get me on the field, to separate me from the other backs. We’ve got backs that are quick and can juke. I just got to be the guy that can run somebody over and get a couple of tough yards when we need it.”

T. Hunt isn’t the biggest guy, but he’s very strong, and he runs strong.

“I have strong legs, and the heart and determination to get more yardage, or get in that end zone,” explained T. Hunt, talking about what makes him effective as a short-yardage back. “That’s the goal, and I’ve always had that. I want to run somebody over and get in that end zone for sure.”

The Missouri coaching staff isn’t giving anything away as far as their personnel plans for a short-yardage runner. T. Hunt could be the guy.

“That’s what I’m working for,” said T. Hunt. “That’s the goal for sure.”

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