Early in camp, there's been quite a bit of excitement over the quality of Missouri's young receiving corp. Freshman WR Jimmie Hunt is one of those who has caught everyone's eye, including the Missouri coaching staff. Hunt took time after practice to visit with ShowMeMizzou, and talked about his initial camp impressions.
"I mean, it's kind of difficult," said Hunt. "But, I've got my big brother, Jerrell Jackson. He's helping me out with all the routes and everything. And, T.J. Moe is helping me out with all the calls and signals. I'm trying to get up to speed. It's all pretty new to me, but I'm catching on day by day."
Hunt said that he's doing alright physically. He reported a 37" vertical during testing last week, and broad jumped nearly ten feet. He didn't get to come in early for the summer strength and conditioning, but said that he's in pretty good shape to run.
Hunt is experienced as a returner as well as a receiver, and has shown to have very good hands to go along with tremendous quickness and athleticism. He does a good job of looking the ball into his hands, and has outstanding agility and body control that allows him to adjust to the ball in the air. He is also very adept at making people miss in the open field.
Hunt said that he's looking forward to getting into pads.
"I'm always about contact," said Hunt. "It's a contact sport. You've got to have the contact, if you want to play."
Hunt said that he's working on becoming a better blocker, and trying to improve at every aspect of his craft.
"(The coaches) prepare us," said Hunt, "and show us the best way to do everything............... I'm just trying to be a good player."
Hunt realizes that everyone starts out at the bottom of the depth chart, and he is just focusing on learning the plays, and his assignments.
"All I got to do is work my way up the ladder," said Hunt. "I'm learning............. I study all night, every night. Every night, me and my big brothers, T.J. Moe and Jerrell Jackson. We do a study session every night."
Hunt is learning the H WR position first, but indicated that he'll need to learn the other positions, too. I think his skill set is suited to the H WR position, but we could see him at the X WR position, as well as in the return game.