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A quick and explosive skill performer who made a smooth transition to the running back position as a sophomore after spending the first two seasons in the Pirate program as an inside receiver ... Coaches facilitated the move in the spring of 2011 to utilize pass-catching ability and break-away speed out of the backfield ... Completed 2012 spring drills as one of five candidates in ECU's projected multi-pronged rushing attack, which will define roles by situational opportunities such as field position, down and distance ... Enjoys a slight edge in experience after serving as the Pirates' top rusher the last half of the '11 campaign ... Could also experience special teams role as a kick returner for the second consecutive year ... Ran for six yards on four carries and made a two-yard catch during the first spring scrimmage (March 31) ... Picked up four yards on five attempts and had another reception for two yards in the second contest a week later ... Finished drills with 11 yards on five rushes and seven yards on one grab during the Purple-Gold Game on April 14 ... An "elite" performer in ECU's strength and conditioning program, ranking among positional leaders in many testing categories ... Accomplishments of note include lifts of 505 pounds (back squat) and 308 (power clean), and jumps of 38.5" (vertical) and 10'1 (broad).
2011 Game-by-Game Statistics
2011: Enjoyed notable season lining up as a running back for the first time ... Played in all 12 games and made five initial career starts, receiving the nod against Memphis, Navy, Tulane, Southern Miss and Marshall ... Ended the campaign with a team-best 109 carries and squad-high 489 yards rushing to earn the program's "Running Back-of-the-Year Award" at the postseason awards banquet ... Scored two touchdowns, including the game-winner against UCF ... Averaged 4.5 yards per ground attempt ... Also caught six passes out of the backfield, netting a loss of three yards ... Was only targeted seven times as a receiver (85.7 percent reception rate) ... Served as a reserve kick returner, running back six boots for 109 yards (18.2 ypr) ... Finished second on the squad with 489 yards of total offense and third with 595 all-purpose yards ... Ranked fourth on the squad with seven plays of 20 or more yards ... Led all Pirate rushers with three carries tallying 20 or more yards ... Added four kickoff returns of 20 or more yards, the third most on the squad ... East Carolina's leading rusher over the final six games of the season, netting 326 yards ... At his best on third-down carries, averaging 6.4 yards per rush ... Gained nearly five yards per first-down attempt (4.8 yards) ... Tallied six rushes in second-and-short situations and converted five into first downs ... Rushed for squad second-best 19 first downs ... In Conference USA action, was the only ECU runner to surpass 200 ground yards with 463 ... Led the team with 473 all-purpose yards during league play ... Registered just nine carries for 26 yards in non-league play, all at Navy ... Paced the Pirates with 280 rushing yards on 66 attempts in road games ... Before switching to full-time running back role, tallied a pair of special teams' solo tackles on kickoff returns ... Stopped South Carolina's Shon Carson following a 23-yard return in the third quarter ... Year's other hit was on North Carolina's T.J. Thorpe after a 35-yard runback in the second frame ... In the season finale at Marshall, gained 26 yards on two carries during the Pirates' initial drive of the fourth quarter ... Ran for a 56-yard game-winning touchdown with 2:10 remaining in the fourth quarter against UCF ... Rush is the longest of the Ruffin McNeill era and the best by a Pirate since Norman Whitley tallied a 69-yard rush at Tulsa on Dec. 6, 2008, in the C-USA Championship Game ... Registered first career 100-yard rushing game versus the Knights, tallying exactly 100, and averaged 11.1 yards per attempt ... Carried the ball a career-high 19 times against Southern Miss, netting 40 yards in the opening half ... Tallied 15 attempts against Tulane, netting 56 yards ... Served as primary kickoff returner at Navy, establishing personal bests with three runbacks for 71 yards ... Also rushed for 26 yards versus the Midshipmen and matched career high with a pair of receptions ... At Memphis in first ever start, gained a then personal-best 98 yards rushing ... Scored initial touchdown at Memphis, rushing in from nine yards out in the third quarter ... Tallied a career second-best 43-yard rush in the third quarter versus the Tigers ... Averaged 6.1 yards per carry against the Tigers ... Rushed for 28 yards in the third quarter and 37 in the fourth at Houston during running back debut ... Set career high with a pair of receptions against the Cougars ... Returned first career kickoff 24 yards in the third quarter versus South Carolina.
2010 Game-by-Game Statistics
2010: Made East Carolina debut and played in all 13 games, earning first career letter ... Served as a valuable member of the special teams and as a reserve wide receiver ... Caught one pass for 26 yards, in fourth-quarter action against Marshall ... Season's other offensive play was a rush for a loss of two yards at UAB ... Made seven tackles on special teams, all on kickoff returns ... Opened the season with a career-high three tackles and two solo stops versus Tulsa ... Brought down the Golden Hurricane's Damaris Johnson, who is the NCAA Division I career leader in all-purpose yardage, on a fourth-quarter kickoff return ... Booked four hits throughout the remainder of the campaign (solo/Virginia Tech, solo/N.C. State, assist/Marshall, assist/Rice) ... Tackle versus the Wolfpack was for a four-yard loss on a runback by T.J. Graham.
2009: Redshirted during initial season in Pirate program ... Officially signed with ECU in February, 2009.
High School: Played on both sides of the ball during prep career, but finished as one of the region's top all-purpose backs during senior campaign ... Compiled 622 rushing yards and 238 reception yards on 12 catches ... Was also program's top kickoff return specialist, racking up over 300 yards and three touchdowns (95, 96 and 98-yard returns) ... In all, was responsible for 10 touchdowns in 2008 for coach Mike Briggs at C.E. Jordan High School ... Logged 71 tackles, five interceptions and 14 pass breakups as a member of the Falcons' secondary as a junior in 2007 and was chosen to the all-conference team ... Earned two varsity letters and was program's team captain as a senior ... Top prep effort was a 21-carry, 221-yard performance against Riverside High School in 2008 ... Invited to play in the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas All-Star Game ... Racked up over 1,200 rushing yards and 20 touchdowns as a sophomore on program's junior varsity squad ... Helped lead JV unit to consecutive conference titles as the Offensive MVP ... A track letterman who posted a 4.25 time in the 40-yard dash - the fastest clip recorded at the Nike Combine that year ... Also booked a school-record 6.38 clip in the 55-meter sprint during the indoor season, which ranked as the fourth-fastest time nationally ... Owned a 41-inch vertical jump and a 4.37 20-yard shuttle time ... Earned MVP honors at the Nike Sparq Athletic Combine ... Stood No. 44 among all cornerbacks according to ESPN.com.
Personal: Full name is Torrance Antonio Hunt ... Born January 28, 1991 at Durham, N.C. ... Son of Terry Hunt and Samantha Leak ... An information technologies major who earned selection to ECU's Honor Roll (3.0 grade point average or higher) during the fall semester of 2011 ... Lists current Tennessee Titans' running back Chris Johnson as favorite all-time Pirate player ... Has worn No. 34 on a uniform since age six ... Says reptiles are a "hobby" of choice ... Names former running back great Emmitt Smith as favorite NFL player ... Identifies his parents as the most influential people on his career.