Hunter in 2014
No. 15 Tennessee Titans
|Date of birth:May 20, 1991|
|Place of birth: Virginia Beach, Virginia|
|High school: Virginia Beach (VA) Ocean Lakes|
|NFL Draft: 2013 / Round: 2 / Pick: 34|
|Debuted in 2013 for the Tennessee Titans|
|Roster status: Active|
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 14, 2013
Justin Scott Hunter (born May 20, 1991) is an American football wide receiver for the Tennessee Titans of the National Football League (NFL). Hunter is also a world-class long jumper, and represented the United States at the 2010 IAAF World Junior Championships. After playing college football for the University of Tennessee, he was drafted in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft by the Titans.
Hunter was born in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He attended Ocean Lakes High School in Virginia Beach, and played high school football for the Ocean Lakes Dolphins. As a junior in 2008, he caught 34 passes for 545 yards and 13 touchdowns. As a senior in 2009, he caught 46 passes for 714 yards and 9 touchdowns. He was ranked as the eighth best wide receiver recruit and 75th best overall prospect in his class by Rivals.com.
Hunter enrolled in the University of Tennessee, where he played for the Tennessee Volunteers football team from 2010 to 2012. As a true freshman in 2010, Hunter started two of 13 games and had 16 receptions for 415 yards and seven touchdowns, averaging a team-leading 25.9 yards per catch. His first touchdown reception was a 35-yarder that came on a fourth-down play against Florida. Coming off the bench against Georgia, he caught 4 passes for 110 yards. In his second career start against Ole Miss, he caught 3 passes for 114 yards, including an 80-yard touchdown. He was named to the Coaches' All-SEC Freshman Team.
Hunter started the first three games of his sophomore season in 2011 before tearing his ACL on his first catch in the game against Florida, which caused him to miss the rest of the season. For his limited season, he had 17 receptions for 314 yards with two touchdowns. He caught 6 passes for 146 yards, including an 81-yard touchdown, against Montana in the first game of the season. Against Cincinnati, he caught 10 passes for 156 yards and a touchdown. At the time of his injury, he was leading the SEC in receptions per game and receiving yards per game.
Hunter started all 12 games in the 2012 season, and caught 73 passes for 1,083 yards and 9 touchdowns. He was third in the SEC in both total receiving yards and receiving yards per game. His total of 73 catches was the second-highest in school history for a single season (Marcus Nash had 76 in 1997). In the season-opener against N.C. State, he had 9 catches for 73 yards. Against Missouri, he caught 9 passes for 181 yards, his eighth career game with more than 100 yards receiving. After the season, he was named to the Coaches' All-SEC Second Team.
Track and field
As a junior in high school in 2009, Hunter won the state title in both the long jump, and high jump. As a senior in 2010, he won the state title in the long jump, high jump and triple jump. Hunter was the 2010 USA junior national champion in the long jump, and represented the USA at the 2010 IAAF World Junior Championships. He was timed at 10.86 seconds in the 100 meters.
On January 9, 2013, Hunter — along with college teammates Cordarrelle Patterson, Tyler Bray and Darrington Sentimore — announced his intention to leave college early and declare for the 2013 NFL Draft. On April 26, he was selected in the draft's second round (34th overall pick) by the Tennessee Titans.
|Ht||Wt||Arm length||Hand size||40-yd dash||10-yd split||20-yd split||20-ss||3-cone||Vert||Broad||BP|
|6 ft 4 in||196 lb||33 in||9 3⁄8 in||4.36 s||1.56 s||2.52 s||4.33 s||39.5 in||11 ft 4 in|
|All values from NFL Combine|
Hunter signed with the Titans in June 2013. On September 22, 2013, he caught his first NFL pass, a 34-yard touchdown that would prove the game-winning score in the Titans' 20-17 win over San Diego. He caught his second career pass for a 16-yard touchdown against the New York Jets the following week. In the Titans' 23-19 win over the Oakland Raiders on November 24, Hunter caught six passes for 109 yards, including a 54-yard touchdown. He posted another strong game two weeks later against Denver, catching 4 passes for 114 yards, including a 41-yard touchdown reception and a 57-yard catch that set up the Titans' first touchdown.
- "Justin Hunter Profile," UTSports.com. Retrieved April 18, 2013.
- Justin Hunter (torn ACL) out for season
- 2013 Draft Board, Sporting News. Retrieved: 26 April 2013.
- Justin Hunter, NFLDraftScout.com. Retrieved: 11 January 2014.
- "Justin Hunter Signs Contract With Tennessee Titans," NFL.com, 14 June 2013. Retrieved: 23 September 2013.
- Teresa Walker, "Former UT Player Justin Hunter Catches Game-Winning Pass as Tennessee Titans Beat San Diego Chargers," Jackson Sun, 23 September 2013. Retrieved: 23 September 2013.
- Justin Hunter: 2013 Game Logs, NFL.com. Retrieved: 25 November 2013.
- Craig Peters, "Justin Hunter Catches 41-yard TD," Titansonline.com, 8 December 2013.
- Denver vs. Tennessee Box Score, ESPN.com, 8 December 2013.