Margus Hunt

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Margus Hunt
SMU MustangsNo. 92
Defensive EndSenior
Major: Business
Date of birth: (1987-07-14) 14 July 1987 (age 25)
Place of birth: Karksi-Nuia, Estonia
Height: 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)Weight: 275 lb (125 kg)
Career history
 College(s):
Stats at ESPN.com
 
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Margus Hunt
SMU MustangsNo. 92
Defensive EndSenior
Major: Business
Date of birth: (1987-07-14) 14 July 1987 (age 25)
Place of birth: Karksi-Nuia, Estonia
Height: 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)Weight: 275 lb (125 kg)
Career history
 College(s):
Stats at ESPN.com

Margus Hunt (born 14 July 1987 in Karksi-Nuia) is an Estonian multi-sport athlete who competes in the discus throw and shot put in addition to playing college football. He is the former world junior record holder in discus throw.[1]

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Athletics

Hunt grew up in the small town Karksi-Nuia, and took up athletics because "there wasn’t much to do". After trying decathlon he decided to concentrate on the throwing events – discus, shot and hammer throw. Hunt started training with Aleksander Tammert, an Olympic bronze medalist in discus throw from the 2004 Summer Olympics. Hunt competed in hammer throw at the 2003 World Youth Championships and discus at the 2004 World Junior Championships, placing eighth and sixth respectively.

In 2005 he won his first title at the European Junior Championships in Kaunas, throwing 62.19 metres with the 1.75 kg discus.

In 2006 at the World Junior Championships in Beijing Hunt established a new world junior record of 66.35 metres in his first throw on the qualifying round. At the final competition Hunt improved his own world junior record to 66.68 m in the fourth round and then 67.32 m in the sixth and final round. His gold medal was the first World Junior gold medal for Estonia.[citation needed]

Three days later he won the gold medal in the shot put by 20.53 metres in the final, beating the closest competitor Mostafa Abdul El-Moaty by 39 centimetres. Hunt became the first athlete to win the gold medal both in shot and discus at the World Junior Championships, outperforming Rutger Smith of the Netherlands who won a gold and a bronze in 2000. His winning distance of 20.53 m was a national junior record with the 6 kg shot.

His personal best hammer throw result is 64.89 made on 28 March 2008 in Arlington, Texas.[2][3] His personal best shot put result is 17.98 made on 22 March 2008 in Waco.[4]

His personal best with the senior 2 kg discus is 61.33 meters made on 6 July 2010 in Viljandi.

Football career

Hunt left Estonia for Dallas in 2007 in order to train with Southern Methodist University track and field coach Dave Wollman,[5] and he began attending SMU part-time. However, by the time he arrived at SMU, it had dropped its men's track program. Hunt wanted to keep working with Wollman, who had previously worked with another Estonian discus thrower, and the latter decided that Hunt's size and athleticism could earn him an (American) football scholarship.[5] When Hunt tried out for football, his physical power, combined with a 4.7-second 40-yard dash, led head football coach June Jones to give him a scholarship,[5] and he began attending SMU full-time in 2009. Since then, he has played for the Mustangs. On October 12, 2009, Margus Hunt was named the Conference USA Special Teams Player of the Week.[6] On November 7 Hunt broke the school record for blocked kicks in a season when he blocked an extra point try and a field goal against Rice. In his first 14 games at SMU he blocked 8 kicks, putting him in the top 10 in blocked kicks among all NCAA players.[7]

Athleticism

For nearly 10 years, Bruce Feldman, a writer for CBSSports.com, has annually compiled what he calls a "Freak List" of the 10 college football players he considers the most freakish athletes. In 2012, Hunt was on top of his list. According to Feldman, Hunt "sounds like a PlayStation football creation"—despite his 82-inch (2.1 m) wingspan, he is able to bench press 225 pounds (102 kg) 35 times, and has also cleaned 384 pounds (174 kg) and snatched 345 pounds (156 kg). Hunt also boasts a 36-inch (91 cm) vertical jump. Wollman predicts that Hunt will have 45 repetitions and a 4.6-second 40-yard dash at the 2013 NFL combine.[5]

Achievements

YearTournamentVenueEventResultMark
Representing  Estonia
2003Youth World ChampionshipsSherbrooke, Quebec, CanadaHammer throw (5 kg)8th64.77 PB
2004World Junior ChampionshipsGrosseto, ItalyDiscus Throw (1.75 kg)6th58.30 PB
2005Junior European ChampionshipsKaunas, LithuaniaDiscus throw (1.75 kg)1st62.19 CR, NJR
2006Junior World ChampionshipsBeijing, ChinaShot put (6 kg)1st20.53 WJL
Discus throw (1.75 kg)1st67.32 WJL
European Cup First League Group APrague, Czech RepublicHammer throw6th60.21 SB
2007European U23 ChampionshipsDebrecen, HungaryDiscus Throw6th56.49

References

  1. ^ "Margus Hunt" From www.iaaf.org, Retrieved October 18, 2009.
  2. ^ "News, March 2008" (in Estonian). margushunt.ee. March 29, 2008. http://www.margushunt.ee/et/news.html?month_filter=03-2008. Retrieved 2009-10-28.
  3. ^ "Margus Hunt hammer throw record" From www.ekjl.ee, Retrieved October 18, 2009.
  4. ^ "Margus Hunt Shot put record" From www.ekjl.ee, Retrieved October 18, 2009.
  5. ^ a b c d Feldman, Bruce (May 8, 2012). "Freak List: The 10 craziest athletes in college football". College Football Insider. CBSSports.com. http://www.cbssports.com/collegefootball/story/18992316/the-freak-list-the-10-craziest-athletes-in-college-football. Retrieved May 9, 2012.
  6. ^ "Hunt Named C-USA Special Teams Player of the Week". smumustangs.cstv.com. http://smumustangs.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/101209aab.html. Retrieved December 28, 2009.
  7. ^ Hairopoulos, Kate (September 5, 2010). "Hunt blocks another FG attempt". Dallas Morning News. http://collegesportsblog.dallasnews.com/archives/2010/09/hunt-blocks-another-fg-attempt.html.

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