Purdue running back Akeem Hunt Q&A
Purdue running back Akeem Hunt is valued for his versatility and explosiveness.
He rushed for 949 yards and caught 48 passes last season for the Boilermakers.
He recently played in the Medal of Honor Bowl at The Citadel in Charleston, S.C.
As a junior, he had 464 rushing yards and a touchdown and 38 catches for 340 yards and two touchdowns and also returned 24 kickoffs for 626 yards and a touchdown.
Hunt is on Twitter: @Mr_A1Hunt
National Football Post caught up with Hunt for the following interview:
How did the all-star game go?
Hunt: "I felt pretty good about how things went. It was an equal amount of series. I felt like practice went great for me. I got a lot of time to show the scouts my versatility as a running back and a specialist."
What's your approach to the game?
Hunt: "Emotional leadership. I'm a very emotional player. I put everything into it. There's a bigger reason I’m playing. I can bring emotion in terms of work ethic and work harder than my competition. I feel like I can be a catalyst."
What's your skill set as a player?
Hunt: "I feel like it puts a great premium in terms of guys with my skill set in terms of being a versatile player who can play runing back and motion him out wide. That messes up a defense. It gets you one-on-one with a linebacker. That's a great aspect to anyone's team and game in the NFL. I feel like that kind of offense is great for a person of my caliber and great for the team.
"I love the return game, seeing the whole field, knowing I can use the field to my full advantage with all my quickness. I love being a return guy. I have speed, great balance, durability. I'm a smart player, I'm athletic with quickness in and out of my cuts and I'm decisive.
Who did you meet with at the all-star game?
Hunt: "A handful of teams. The Cleveland Browns, they showed a good amount of interest. The Atlanta Falcons, the Baltimore Ravens, the Seattle Seahawks and the Kansas City Chiefs, they all showed really good interest."
What's next for you and what games should scouts watch of you from last season?
Hunt: "I hope I get an invite to the NFL scouting combine. That would be great. Right now, I'm training for my Pro Day and running track to get my speed going. The Michigan State, Illinois and Indiana games are games I would definitely recommend teams watch."
What would you like to do after football?
Hunt: "I majored in Movement and Sports Science. I still have a few more credits to go to get my degree. I plan on staying in football as many years as I can and make that a platform. I would like to be an athletic trainer and have a business of my own."
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