Justin Hunter

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Justin Hunter
Justin Hunter 2014.jpg
Hunter with the Titans in 2014
No. 15 Tennessee Titans
Position: Wide receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1991-05-20) May 20, 1991 (age 24)
Place of birth: Virginia Beach, Virginia
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight: 203 lb (92 kg)
Career information
High school: Virginia Beach (VA) Ocean Lakes
College: Tennessee
NFL draft: 2013 / Round: 2 / Pick: 34
Career history
Roster status: Injured reserve
Career highlights and awards
  • Second-team All-SEC (2012)
Career NFL statistics as of Week 10, 2015
Receptions: 68
Receiving yards: 1,116
Receiving touchdowns: 8
Stats at NFL.com

Justin Scott Hunter (born May 20, 1991) is an American football wide receiver for the Tennessee Titans of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Titans in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft. He played college football at Tennessee.

Hunter is also a world-class long jumper, and represented the United States at the 2010 IAAF World Junior Championships.

Early years[edit]

Hunter was born in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He attended Ocean Lakes High School in Virginia Beach where he played football and basketball and ran track 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.[1]

As a track and field athlete, Hunter was an accomplished jumper. He was ranked by Track & Field News as the third best long jumper, seventh best high jumper and fourteenth best triple jumper. He won Virginia state titles in long jump and high jump and settled for second place in the triple jump. His best long jump, 25'10¾", qualified him for the IAAF World Junior Championships in Athletics.[2]

College career[edit]

Hunter enrolled in the University of Tennessee, where he played for the Tennessee Volunteers football team from 2010 to 2012 and competed for one season on Tennessee's track and field team. 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.[1]

In track and field, Hunter set a Tennessee freshman record with a long jump measuring 26'1½". He was named a First Team All-American by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association in the event and was also named to the SEC Indoor All-Freshman Team.[2]

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.[3] The injury also forced him to quit competing in track and field after one season.[2] 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.[1]

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.[1]

Professional career[edit]

NFL Draft[edit]

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.[4] On April 26, he was selected in the draft's second round (34th overall pick) by the Tennessee Titans.[5]

Pre-draft measurables
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 38 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[6]

Tennessee Titans[edit]

Hunter signed with the Titans in June 2013.[7] 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.[8] 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.[9] 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.[10][11] On Monday, November 16, 2015, Hunter was added to the Season-Ending Injury Reserve list after having surgery the day before to repair a fractured ankle suffered in the team's previous game in which they lost to the Carolina Panthers[12][13]

Personal life[edit]

On July 20, 2015, Hunter turned himself into Virginia Beach police following a large bar fight which occurred on July 3rd in Virginia Beach. He was arrested and held without bond.[14]


  1. ^ a b c d "Justin Hunter Profile," UTSports.com. Retrieved April 18, 2013.
  2. ^ a b c Fann, Joe (October 28, 2014). "Aiming High: Sky's the Limit for WR Justin Hunter". Tennessee Titans. Retrieved 20 July 2015. 
  3. ^ "Tennessee Volunteers lose Justin Hunter for season with torn ACL". ESPN.com. Retrieved 21 July 2015. 
  4. ^ "GoVolsXtra". govolsxtra.com. Retrieved 21 July 2015. 
  5. ^ 2013 Draft Board, Sporting News. Retrieved: 26 April 2013.
  6. ^ Justin Hunter, NFLDraftScout.com. Retrieved: 11 January 2014.
  7. ^ "Justin Hunter Signs Contract With Tennessee Titans," NFL.com, 14 June 2013. Retrieved: 23 September 2013.
  8. ^ 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.
  9. ^ Justin Hunter: 2013 Game Logs, NFL.com. Retrieved: 25 November 2013.
  10. ^ Craig Peters, "Justin Hunter Catches 41-yard TD," Titansonline.com, 8 December 2013.
  11. ^ Denver vs. Tennessee Box Score, ESPN.com, 8 December 2013.
  12. ^ Kuharsky, Paul (16 November 2015). "Titans WR Justin Hunter, CB Jason McCourty done for season". ESPN. Retrieved 17 November 2015. 
  13. ^ Around The NFL staff (17 November 2015). "Injuries: Eagles' Ryan Mathews (concussion) sidelined". NFL.com. NFL Network. Retrieved 17 November 2015. 
  14. ^ Draper, Kevin (July 20, 2015). "Report: Titans WR Justin Hunter Arrested For July 4th Weekend Assault". Deadspin (Gawker Media). Retrieved 20 July 2015. 

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