Justin  Hunter

11Justin Hunter


Virginia Beach, Va.

High School:
Ocean Lakes

Height / Weight:
6-4 / 200



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  • 2012 Preseason All-SEC First Team by Lindy's
  • 2012 Preseason All-SEC Second Team by Athlon, Steele
  • Named SEC's Most Dangerous Threat by Lindy's
  • 2010 Coaches Freshman All-SEC

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  • Games/Starts:12/12
  • 19th in NCAA/3rd in SEC in receiving yards with 1,083
  • 24th in NCAA/3rd in SEC in receiving yards per game (90.3)
  • Fourth in SEC in catches per game (6.1), 37th in NCAA
  • Led Vols with 73 catches for 1,083 yards and nine receiving touchdowns in 2012
  • On the single-season receptions list, Hunter had second-best season with 73 catches, the record is 76 by Marcus Nash in 1997
  • Finished with 1,083 receiving yards, ranks third on single-season yards list, behind Robert Meachem (1,298) and Nash (1,170)
  • With eight 100-yard receiving games, tied for third-most in a career in Tennessee history (record 15, J.Kent)
  • With 18 career receiving touchdowns, tied for fifth-most in career at UT
  • 1,812 career receiving yards stands 11th all-time
  • Tied UT record for receiving touchdowns in a game twice in 2012 with three vs. Georgia State and Troy
  • Became eighth Vol with a 1,000-yard receiving season
  • Had tied UT record for most catches in first two games of a season tying Johnny Mills in 1966 with 17
  • Closed season with three catches for 65 yards including a 42-yard receiving touchdown vs. Kentucky (11/24)
  • Five catches for 39 yards at Vanderbilt (11/17)
  • Notched nine catches for 141 yards and a 13-yard touchdown vs. Missouri (11/10)
  • Career-high 181 yards on nine catches with three touchdowns (tying UT record for second time) vs. Troy (11/3)
  • Eight catches for 90 yards at #17 South Carolina (10/27)
  • Four catches for team-best 70 yards vs. #1 Alabama (10/20), including season-long 44-yard reception
  • Three receptions for 46 yards at #5 Georgia (9/29)
  • Eight catches for 115 yards with a 19-yard TD catch vs. Akron (9/22)
  • Five catches for 76 yards with season-long of 42 vs. #18 Florida (9/15)
  • Tied UT record for receiving TDs in a game with three vs. Georgia State (9/8) with catches of 25, 11, 19 yards
  • Fifth-career 100-yard game vs. Georgia State with eight catches for 146 yards
  • Returned to action for first time since Sept. 17, 2011 in opener vs. NC State (8/31) and had nine catches for 73 yards. Reception total was second-highest in career

  • Games/Starts: 3/3
  • Suffered season-ending torn ACL in left knee at #16 Florida (9/17), underwent surgery and looks to return in spring
  • Finished year with 17 catches for 314 yards (18.5 yards per catch and 104.7 yards per game)
  • Led SEC in receiving yards per game (104.7) at time of injury
  • Prior to injury, ranked 12th in the NCAA/first in SEC in receptions/game (8.0) and 10th/1st in SEC in receiving yards/game (151.0)
  • Was leading UT in receiving with 16 catches for 302 yards (8.0 catches per game and 151.0 yards per game) in first two games
  • Set UT record for most receiving yards in first two games of a season with 302 in first two this year
  • Sset new career-highs for catches and yards in each of the first two games during the season
  • Posted career-highs with 10 catches for 156 yards, including a 33-yard TD pass from Bray vs. Cincinnati (9/10)
  • Part of duo with Da'Rick Rogers to have the first-ever game where two UT receivers to have 10 catches in same game, vs. Cincinnati (9/10)
  • Part of duo to have 100-receiving yards in back-to-back games for just the second time in UT history
  • Set then career-highs with six catches for 146 yards and 81-yd TD vs. Montana (9/3)
  • 81-yard reception tied for ninth-longest in UT history
  • 81-yard TD was the second-career 80-plus yard pass from Tyler Bray to Hunter, marking just the third duo in UT history with two 80-plus yard connections in history
  • Along with Da'Rick Rogers (100 yds) became first duo with 100-receiving yards in a game since 2007

  • Games/Starts: 13/2
  • Earned Coaches' All-SEC Freshman Team honors
  • One of seven true freshmen to play in every game for Tennessee, including a pair of starts
  • First career start came vs. Alabama
  • Caught 16 passes for 415 yards and seven touchdowns
  • Broke UT freshman record for receiving TDs with seven, which ranked tied for first among all NCAA FBS freshmen receivers
  • Four of TDs were from 30 yards or longer
  • Led team with 25.9 yards per catch
  • Nine catches went for 20 or more yards
  • Despite not having a catch in four games, ranked fourth on the team in receiving yards (415) and second on the Vols with seven TD receptions
  • Tied for eighth in the SEC with two 100-yard receiving performances
  • Led UT in receiving yards in three games and receptions on one occasion
  • Seventh TD was lone reception in Music City Bowl vs. North Carolina to put the Vols ahead 20-17 in the fourth quarter
  • In second career start, hauled in three receptions for a season-high 114 receiving yards to complement his first multi-TD game (two) vs. Mississippi, including a season-long catch of 80 yards on the Vols' first offensive play

  • 80-yard TD was UT's longest play from scrimmage since 2006 vs. Vanderbilt and tied for the 10th longest pass in UT history
  • Totaled a season-high four receptions at Georgia and led UT with 110 yards, including a 38-yard TD
  • Became UT's first freshman to have 100 receiving yards in a game since 2004 (Robert Meachem vs. UK)
  • Snatched first career TD catch vs. Florida, a 35-yarder on fourth-and-six in the fourth quarter that helped cut the Vols' deficit to seven
  • Finished with three receptions and a team-best 60 yards against the Gators
  • First career catch came vs. Oregon, a 31-yard strike to set up the Vols at the Ducks' 1-yard line
  • Lone receptions vs. Memphis and Vanderbilt were good for first-quarter TDs, a 42-yarder vs. the Tigers and a 15-yard connection against the Commodores
  • Hauled in a 37-yard reception on third-and-three of UT's go-ahead scoring drive in the fourth quarter at LSU

High School

  • Virginia High School Coaches AAA All-State
  • Earned spot on Rivals100 list as the No 75 overall prospect in the nation by Rivals.com
  • Also rated as the No. 3 prospect in Virginia and No. 8 overall wide receiver by Rivals.com
  • Rated as the No. 11 wide receiver by Scout.com
  • Participated in the Under Armour All-America Game
  • Tallied 46 receptions for 714 yards and nine touchdowns as a senior in 2009
  • As a junior in 2008, caught 34 passes for 545 yards and 13 TDs
  • Won long jump at junior portion of 2010 USA Outdoor Championships with leap of 25-10 3/4 and qualified for IAAF World Junior Championships
  • Track & Field News rates him nation's No. 3 long jumper (25-3¾), No. 7 high jumper (7-2) and No. 14 triple jumper (49-5)

  • Won Virginia Class AAA state championship in the high jump and long jump as a junior
  • Place second in state triple jump, ninth in 300M hurdles and ran a leg on Ocean Lakes' third-place 4x100 M relay team
  • Also competed on the basketball team at Ocean Lakes
  • Coach at Ocean Lakes High School: Chris Scott

Career Highs
  • Receptions - 10 vs. Cincinnati, 9/10/11
  • Receiving Yards - 181 vs. Troy, 11/3/12
  • Touchdowns - 3 vs. Georgia State, 9/8/12 & vs. Troy, 11/3/12 (Tied UT Record)
  • 100-Yard Games - 8 (last 141 vs. Missouri, 11/10/12)
  • Full Name: Justin Scott Hunter
  • Born on May 20, 1991 in Virginia Beach, Virginia
  • Son of Gloria Hunter
  • Majoring in Arts & Sciences


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