|26 Cory Hunter|
ECU Head Coach Ruffin McNeill Welcomes Back 14 Returning Starters, 50 Lettermen
Defense Finishes Spring On Strong Note In Purple-Gold Scrimmage
Sharp Passing Effort, Physical Play Dominate Second Scrimmage
Big-Play Offense, Turnover-Producing Defense Highlight First Scrimmage
Pirates Ready For First Scrimmage At Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium
Will enter senior campaign vying for significant action at ECU’s multi-pronged running back position … Efforts and game-day experience as a junior marked a successful return from a serious right knee injury suffered early during the 2013 season (and kept him sidelined for 10 months) … A walk-on whose hard work and commitment as a scout team participant initially resulted in a depth chart position in the backfield two years ago … Formally listed as Chris Hairston’s top backup to open the 2015 season, but coaches feel he will impact backfield depending on different sets or alignments … Athleticism and attitude could also enable added exposure on various Pirate special teams squads, similar to 2014 … In all, has played in 16 career contests and rushed for 45 yards … Picked up two yards on four carries during the first spring scrimmage on March 28 … Added 16 yards on three rushes during the second outing (April 11) … Did not play in Purple-Gold Game because of a head injury … Rates as a “freak” in strength and conditioning coach Jeff Connors’ power quotient … Turned in impressive lifts of 390 pounds (bench press), 550 (back squat), 380 (power clean) and 320 (push jerk) during spring testing … Has a flexibility rating of 17.25, which also ranks as tops among ball-carriers … Booked jumps of 32.5” (vertical) and 9’6” (broad), while producing pro shuttle time of 4.17.
2014: Appeared in all 13 games on special teams and in a reserve running back role ... Carried the ball seven times for 18 yards (2.6 ypr) ... Scored first career TD at Tulsa on a one-yard plunge in the third quarter to help the Pirates to a pivotal 49-32 American Athletic Conference road win ... Had a pair of season-long runs of seven yards at Virginia Tech and Temple ... Booked a season-high two rushes on a pair of occasions (vs. N.C. Central in season opener and again vs. Virginia Tech) … Picked up four yards on a single carry against Southeastern Conference member South Carolina … Did not record any stats against North Carolina, SMU, USF, Connecticut, Cincinnati, Tulane, UCF or Florida (Birmingham Bowl).
2013: Played in three games before suffering a season-ending right knee injury following the Virginia Tech contest … In addition to the Hokies, experienced action against Old Dominion and Florida Atlantic … Rushed for 27 yards on seven carries and made four catches out of the backfield for 17 yards … Picked up a season-high 11 yards on three attempts vs. the Owls after opening the year with seven yards on two carries against the Monarchs … Followed up FAU effort with nine yards on just two runs against Virginia Tech … Caught two passes each against ODU (eight yards) and FAU (nine) … Longest rush of the year was a seven-yarder against the Hokies … Had an eight-yard reception vs. the Owls a week earlier to account for a personal long.
2012: Earned roster position as a walk-on after the conclusion of preseason camp, but did not experience game-day action … A reliable scout team performer on ECU’s developmental roster.
High School: A three-year letterman and team captain for coach Ryan Habich at Fuquay-Varina High School … Earned 4AA All-State honors as a senior and junior … Selected as a conference player-of-the-year in 2010 and helped squad to three-straight league titles … Also picked up varsity letters in track (discus, 4x1 relay).
Personal: Full name is Coryatt J. Hunter … Born November 21, 1992 at Lakewood, Colo. … Major is management (accounting) … Earned ECU Honor Roll designation for work in the classroom during the 2012 fall semester … Father C.J. was a three-time All-American shot putter at Penn State who captured the 1999 World Championship (threw a personal-best 71’9” at the 2000 U.S. Olympic Trials after competing in the 1996 Summer Games).