October 23, 2009

Hunt growing into a linebacker

Mike Hunt arrived Mississippi State as a 204-pound three-star safety in January of 2008.

Now Hunt has transformed himself into a 6-foot-3, 240-pound tackling machine at linebacker but still maintains his speed and coverage skills from the secondary.

Hunt was part of the Bulldogs 2007 and 2008 recruiting classes and sat out last season with a redshirt. He finally saw his first collegiate action this season appearing in two games.

"It feels good because I haven't played in a game since 2006 during my high school season," Hunt said. "It took a while to make that transition because high school is much slower than the college game. Once I got up here things were going so much faster so I had to adjust to that."

Hunt believes his redshirt season aided in his development both physically and mentally.

"I got smarter as a player and I got bigger," Hunt said. "I came in as a safety so they put weight on me. I just basically became a smarter football player, taking time to learn the playbook and the system."

Hunt played in the season opener against Jackson State and also in the Georgia Tech game. This week he is starting on the kickoff team and is listed as the second string will linebacker behind Chris White.

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