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Hayden Hunt

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Hayden Ellett Hunt (born June 9, 1993) is an American football punter. He signed a reserve/future contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on January 2, 2019.[1] He played college football at Colorado State University.

Early years[edit]

Hunt was born and raised in Long Beach, California and attended Long Beach Polytechnic High School. Hunt was a two-sport star at vaunted Long Beach Poly, an all-region placekicker, and four-time all-conference baseball player.[2] He holds the school record for longest field goal at 48 yards.[3]

College career[edit]

Hunt decided to pursue football in college was a walk-on player at Colorado State University. He redshirted in 2012 and after the season was told by coaches he was not good enough to win the placekicker spot. He was encouraged to switch to punting.[4]

Prior to his college career, Hunt never punted more than a handful of times. He mastered the skill in less than a year, earning him the starting spot in the 2013-2016 seasons.[5]

Hunt improved as a sophomore, earning honorable mention All-Mountain West honors (43.8 gross avg, 14 inside 20 vs four TB). A Ray Guy award finalist in 2015, Hunt ranked fifth in FBS in gross punting average (46.0 yards) and led the nation in net average (41.96) most of the year. The second-team All-Mountain West pick had 18 fair catches forced, 24 dropped inside the 20, and just a single touchback, all among the best figures in the country. Hunt was a first-team all-conference selection as a senior (44.3 gross avg., 40.9 net avg., 22 inside of 20, two TB) and also held for placements.[2]

He holds the school record for number of punts, punting yards, and punting yards.[6] He was 2015 All-American and member of the 2016 Preseason All-America team for ESPN,[7] Sports Illustrated,[8] Athlon Sports,[9] and Sporting News.[10]

He earned Academic All-Mountain West honors in 2016.[5]

Professional career[edit]

Hunt participated in the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine.[2]

He signed a reserve/future contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in January 2019.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Bucs Add Five More to 2019 Roster". www.buccaneers.com. Retrieved 2019-02-11.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "NFL Events: Combine Player Profiles - Hayden Hunt". www.nfl.com. Retrieved 2019-02-11.
  3. "Game Records - Long Beach Poly Jackrabbits Football (Long Beach, CA)". www.maxpreps.com. Retrieved 2019-02-11.
  4. "Colorado State's Hayden Hunt a heck of a Guy (finalist)". www.reporterherald.com. Retrieved 2019-02-11.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Hayden Hunt - Football". Colorado State University Athletics. Retrieved 2019-02-11.
  6. "Colorado State Rams Punting". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved 2019-02-11.
  7. "Hayden Hunt makes ESPN's pre-season All-America team". BSN Denver. 2016-06-11. Retrieved 2019-02-11.
  8. {{Cite {{subst:submit}} web|url=https://www.si.com/college-football/2016/08/01/2016-preseason-all-america-team%7Ctitle=SI.com's 2016 CFB Preseason All-America Team|website=SI.com|language=en|access-date=2019-02-11}}
  9. Lassan, Steven; 6/22/16; Edt, 11:00 Am. "College Football 2016 All-America Team". AthlonSports.com. Retrieved 2019-02-11.
  10. Staff, M. H. S. (2016-09-12). "Hayden Hunt wins Ray Guy Award Punter of the Week for Week 2". Mile High Sports. Retrieved 2019-02-11.

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