Running back Kareem Hunt opted to return for his senior year at Toledo instead of declaring for the 2016 NFL Draft. Hunt had a very impressive sophomore season, including a 271-yard, five-TD bowl game vs Arkansas State. He followed that up with 973 yards and 12 TDs in 2015.
Hunt has been key to Toledo’s success, excelling as a workhorse back for the Rockets. He has an excellent nose for the end zone and powers through defenders to make big plays.
Name: Kareem Hunt
2015 Season Stats: 973 rushing yards, 12 TDs
Hunt has speed and, though not as tall as some, has good size for an NFL back. He has been a reliable offensive contributor for the Rockets, leading Toledo in rushing over the past two seasons. In 2014, he did not have a game under 100 yards, finishing the year with 1,631 yards and 16 TDS.
Hunt is exceptionally aware and has great vision. He can create big gains in tough situations. His solid stature allows him to break free from defenders. Hunt finds holes and exploits them, using his size to add more yardage.
One of Hunt’s biggest perceived weaknesses will be the conference he plays in. Scouts and NFL teams may balk at the level of competition that Hunt faced in the MAC. He didn’t have to battle top-tier defenses, and some will view this as Hunt not being ready to take on the NFL.
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Hunt has also had some issues with injuries. In 2014, he missed three games with an ankle injury. In 2015, a hamstring issue kept him out of two games, and he missed another two games due to suspension for an unspecified team violation.
Hunt’s sophomore season greatly overshadowed his junior performance. This year, Hunt will get a chance to return to his 2014 level of play, and hopefully make another big impression on NFL teams.
If Hunt can pull off another 1,000+ yard season and keep his eyes on the end zone, he will be a running back to watch this year. The talented runner has been a huge playmaker for the Rockets and should be a solid RB prospect in the 2017 Draft.