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Omar Hunter

DT

Height
6' 1"
CLASS
RJR
Hometown
Buford, Ga.
Weight
305 lbs.
Experience
2L
School
Buford
Sam Robey

CAREER:

Saw action in 56 games during his career as a Gator, starting 31 of those contests…Collected 111 tackles, 55 solo and 56 assisted,11.0 TFL, a sack, five pass breakups, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and a blocked field goal.

 

HONORS:

Named to the 2009 SEC All-Freshman Team (DL) by vote of the league’s head coaches…Also a 2009 CollegeFootballNews.com Second-Team Freshman All-American.

 

2012:

Started all 13 games at nose tackle…Had his best season, tallying a career-high 40 tackles, 4.0 TFL and four pass breakups…Was the second-leading tackler among defensive linemen…Had three solo tackles against both Missouri and Florida State…Notched four tackles against Jacksonville State…Tallied four tackles, 2.5 of which were TFL…Recorded a career-high eight tackles against Kentucky to earn SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week…Made four tackles and had a pass breakup at Tennessee…Had two tackles in the first game of the season against Bowling Green.

 

2011:

Played in all 13 games of the 2011 season, making one start…Totaled 31 tackles, 2.5 for loss, a sack, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery…Made his first start of the season against Ohio State in the Gator Bowl, recorded five tackles and his first career forced fumble…Registered a tackle against Florida State…Notched two tackles against Furman…Had four tackles at South Carolina…Registered a solo tackle against Vanderbilt…Had three tackles, including his first career sack, against Georgia…Notched a season-best five tackles at Auburn…Recorded four assisted tackles, including one for a loss, at LSU…Notched two tackles against Alabama…Against Kentucky, notched four tackles, one for a loss, and recovered his first career fumble.

 

2010:

Appeared in 13 games, starting six (Miami University, Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, Florida State and Penn State)…Had 23 tackles on the season…Also contributed to Florida’s special teams on the punt and kick return units…Contributed two tackles, including one for loss, in Florida’s win over Penn State in the Outback Bowl…Recorded four tackles, including one for loss vs. Florida State…Contributed two tackles in Florida’s defeat of Vanderbilt…Recorded four tackles in the Gators’ game vs. Mississippi State…Started and recorded a tackle in the Gators’ game vs. Alabama…Had three tackles and one pass breakup and graded out a Champion vs. Kentucky. Also blocked Florida’s first kick of the season on a field-goal attempt in the fourth quarter…Started in Florida’s victory over Tennessee.

 

2009:

Played in all 14 games for Florida during his redshirt freshman campaign and started all but three games (11)…Recorded his first statistics as a Gator, with 17 total tackles (eight solo, nine assisted) and two TFL…Contributed to the Florida defensive effort as the Gators routed Cincinnati, 51-24, in the 2010 Allstate Sugar Bowl…Had two tackles for the Gators against Alabama in the SEC Championship Game…Collected three tackles in UF’s victory over FIU in Gainesville…Notched the start at DT in the 41-17 victory over Georgia in Jacksonville, collecting two tackles…Grabbed two tackles in UF’s winning efforts over Mississippi State on the road, giving him eight total tackles combined between MSU and Arkansas…Had a career-best day in the win over the Razorbacks on Homecoming, collecting six tackles, including 2.0 TFL…Secured the start at defensive tackle against Tennessee, and recorded the first tackle of his career as a Gator…Played in UF’s game against Charleston Southern and secured one of the starting defensive tackle positions, the first of his career donning the Orange and Blue.

 

2008:

Dressed for eight of UF’s games during the season and saw action in three, against Hawaii, Miami and Ole Miss, but did not record any statistics…Earned a redshirt.

 

PRIOR TO FLORIDA:

Parade All-American…EA Sports All-American…First-team Class AA all-state selection as a senior…Played in the Under Armour High School All-American Game…Ranked as the strongest player in the Under Armour All-Star Awards…Helped lead Buford to an undefeated season and a state title his senior year…Georgia Sports Writers’ Association Class AA choice….Registered 93 tackles and seven sacks as a senior…Had 85 tackles, six sacks, a fumble recovery and 13 tackles for a loss as a junior…No. 37 in the ESPN 150 and ranked as the No. 2 defensive tackle in the position rankings…Rivals.com five-star recruit and No. 2 defensive tackle nationally…Received five-star billing and rated the second-best defensive tackle in the nation by Scout.com…Coached by Jess Simpson.

 

HUNTER’S CAREER HIGHS

Tackles: 8 (Kentucky, 2012)

QB Sacks: 1 (Georgia, 2011)

Forced Fumbles: 1 (Ohio State, 2011)

Fumble Recovery: 1 (Kentucky, 2011)

Interceptions: None

Blocked Field Goals: 1 (Kentucky, 2010)

 

CAREER DEFENSIVE STATISTICS

Year

UT-AT

TT

TBL

QBS

FF

FR

PD

INT

BLK

2009

8-9

17

2.0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2010

9-14

23

3.0

0

0

0

1

0

1

2011

18-13

31

2.5

1.0

1

1

0

0

0

2012

20-20

40

4.0

0

0

0

4

0

0

Totals:

55-56

72

11.0

1.0

1

1

5

0

1

 

What they’re saying…

“He has held the point of attack extremely well for us and is having an outstanding senior season. Really playing his best football in our two years here and really since he’s been here.” (10/25/12)
Will Muschamp, UF Head Coach

 

“I feel that from the time I got here as a freshman until now that I’m 10 times better. I feel like my technique and fundamentals are definitely better, I feel like I’m more mature on the football field and off, I feel like I’ve developed into more of a leader. I don’t get down about little small stuff that much anymore. When it’s time to make plays and time to step up, I feel like I’ve been doing a pretty good job and getting better each day.” (9/27/12)
Omar Hunter, UF defensive tackle

“He’s got a real serious approach to his game right now, which I like. He works at it hard. I’m encouraged about where he is headed.” (9/27/12)
Dan Quinn, UF defensive coordinator

 

“I’ve always considered myself one of the leaders on this defense being one of the older guys.” (9/27/12)
Omar Hunter, UF defensive tackle

 

“You see more leg strength from him. You see a stronger man when he sheds blocks. To me the work ethic from Omar has always been there. He’s a hard worker. Every day in and out and then now you’re kind of seeing a more strong and powerful man inside and that’s showing up in practice by the way he can take on blocks and get off blocks.” (8/30/12)
Dan Quinn, UF defensive coordinator

 

(On the new opportunity with a new staff):  “Going through all the things I went through and this new fresh start, it just made me focus more and made me more hungry.” (8/25/11)
Omar Hunter, UF defensive tackle

 

"I always looked up to him because he never, no matter what injury he went through, he never stopped. He just kept going.” (8/25/11)

Dominique Easley, UF defensive tackle

 

“There's not a play where he doesn't ask for somebody's help. He comes to me and asks about a play, or he goes to coach Mac, or he goes to Lawrence Marsh. He's trying to learn, as opposed to people hoping that it comes to them. He's out there wanting to get better." (10/21/09)

Terron Sanders, former UF defensive lineman

 

"What kind of player he is, what kind of person he is, he's qualified, that's going to be a hard one not to get on the field that first series of defense for us. That's maybe putting too much pressure on him but I watched him work out, I stood right there in the weight room, watched him lift, watched him train, he's a 400-pound bencher, he's a squat guy, he's a state champion.” (8/18/08)

Urban Meyer, former UF Head Coach

 

"Coach (Marotti), once I met him, I knew this was the place I was coming. I know he's going to work me hard and we're going to compete for championships just by how hard we work and that's one of the main reasons I came here. Building that relationship with coach (Marotti), I definitely wanted to come here." (8/18/08)

Omar Hunter, UF defensive tackle

 

“Omar and I have been really close and we've helped each other out a lot in coming down here and transitioning and everything. It's a lot different coming down here and being away from my family in a different state – it's something you're not used to and dealing with the heat every day and just not being comfortable around everything. It's been good to have someone to go through that with. We room together and get along really well." (8/6/08)

T.J. Pridemore, former UF fullback

 

"Omar Hunter is the guy. The kind of player he is, the kind of person he is ... I watched him work out. I stood in the weight room and watched him. He's a 400-pound bencher. He's a state champion. He's everything you want. We had to have him." (2/6/08)

Urban Meyer, former UF Head Coach

 

"It's extremely difficult for a freshman defensive tackle to play immediately, but if anyone can this kid might be the one. Hunter has a tremendous motor when he revs it up and has a Warren Sapp feel to his game. Hunter's combination of size and quickness is pretty rare and with the Gators wanting to return Michael Pouncey.”

Larry Vettel, FightinGators.com

 

“Omar Hunter is a devastating interior pass rusher. Very quick off the ball, Hunter's the relentless, aggressive, strong big man who can control the middle of the line of scrimmage. He's just a load who also runs.”

Allen Wallace, Scout.com

 

 

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