Player Profile Series: DE Margus Hunt

With fall camp nearing, the PS staff will profile all 22 projected starters throughout July. Today we take a look at senior defensive end Margus Hunt.

Margus Hunt

Position: Defensive End

Size: 6-8, 275

Hometown: Karksi-Nuia, Estonia

Classification: Senior

2011 Review: Last season Margus Hunt showed why he could possibly be taken on the first day of the 2013 NFL Draft. In his junior year Hunt showed flashes of dominance most notably in the Mustangs' bowl game against Pittsburgh, where he notched five tackles and three sacks.

At a towering 6-8, 275 pounds Hunt has recently been elected as Dallas-Fort Worth's best athlete, beating out notable names such as Dez Bryant, Josh Hamilton and Dirk Nowitzki. Size isn't the only attribute that Hunt possesses, he has been timed at 4.6 in the 40-yard-dash and can bench 225 pounds an incredible 35 times.

On the field, Hunt has been named as an All-C-USA honorable mention three times and has been one of the most prolific field goal blockers in NCAA history. In 2011, Hunt finished the year with 28 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss, and four blocked kicks.

2011 Grade: B+

2012 Outlook: After only starting two games last season, Hunt has earned his way back into the starting lineup for the Mustangs and could have a paramount performance in 2012.

With the departure of defensive ends Marquis Frazier and Taylor Thompson, it is Hunt's year to take full control of the defensive end position and he will be expected to set the tone at the position especially with other defensive end Kevin Grenier coming off a season where he was limited to only four games because of injury.

Hunt, who will line up next to senior Torlan Pittman, has the physical ability to man-handle opponents, however, by only beginning his football career in 2009 he has to continue to familiarize himself with the technical and schematic areas of the game.

Hunt has improved every year and has shown the ability to finish strong in the later half of the season. If his final game at Pittsburgh last year is any indication of how he will play in 2012 then SMU might produce its first first-round-draft pick since Rod Jones and Reggie Dupard in 1986.

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