On April 6, 2016 following practice, Hunt spoke to eDuck.com about his role this season as the leader on the Duck offensive line, plus he had some astute observations about who will emerge as the center on the line. Hunt also had gave some glimpses as to who will be the signal caller in 2016 and finally, he touched on the revitalized Oregon defense under the helm of defensive coordinator Brady Hoke.
Hunt believes his role on the Ducks line is one that keeps his teammates’ attitude in check; something that extends beyond the playing field.
“It’s my job to get the guys motivated,” says Hunt of his role. “Getting better every day, as well as benefitting myself.”
Last year the Ducks saw just how important it was to have a steady, reliable center. During the Alamo Bowl, when starter Matt Hagerty was lost for the second half of the game, disaster struck with errant snaps that cost momentum and field position and ultimately contributed to the 47-41 loss Oregon suffered in triple-overtime.
This year though there is help on the way in the form of Jake Hanson, whom Hunt believes is doing a great job.
“Jake Hanson has done a great job so far,” observed Hunt of the competition for the starting center. “Doug Brenner has done a good job too … you can never have enough depth on the offensive line.”
As important as the center snaps are, it also takes a quarterback who can take control of the team, and get the offense going. This year, transfer Dakota Prukop is likely the guy who will fill that bill, even though the Ducks won’t hold the first scrimmage until Friday, April 8.
“Dakota’s been doing a good job so far,” observed Hunt. “Being a leader-wise, its having that experience and being able to run the offense.”
Finally, while he may not play on the defensive side of the ball, he gets to watch the Duck defense every day.
“I’ve noticed intensity, especially on the defensive side,” said Hunt of the atmosphere around practice. “Guys really trying to put forth and effort and make a good impression on the new defensive coordinator (Hoke).”
Oregon is nearing the end of its second week of spring football. The Ducks will hold the annual spring game on April 30, starting at 11 a.m. inside Autzen Stadium. The workout/game will be carried live on the Pac-12 Networks.