March 19, 2009

Persistence could pay off for CSU

Since his sophomore year of high school Sachse (TX) dual-threat quarterback Henry Hunter has been receiving mail from Colorado State with hopes of one day bringing his talent to Fort Collins. A task that started over a year ago could pay off for the Rams.

"I've been receiving mail from CSU for a long time, since my sophomore year," Hunter said. "I got invited to their junior day, but won't be able to go … I'm still pretty interested in them."

Aside from Colorado State, Hunter has been invited to junior days at Kentucky, Houston, Kansas, UNLV, SMU, North Texas, Rice , Iowa State and Oklahoma State.

"I've already been to the Rice one and I'm going to the SMU and UNT junior days as well. I'm also thinking about going to the Iowa State one."

At 6-foot-1, 200 pounds, Hunter has 4.5 speed that helps him get out of sticky situations when the pocket starts to collapse, but despite the skills his legs bring to the game, he would much rather find one of his talented receivers than take off like Vince Young. According to Hunter, his talented receiving corps has really helped him as a quarterback.

"Oh man, I have some great receivers. They'll take short passes and then go fifty yards for a touchdown, they really help me be a better quarterback."

Last season Hunter rushed for 630 yards and 10 touchdowns while passing for 1,678 yards, 14 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. This off-season he is trying improve his game both on the ground and in the air.

"I want to get 2,000 yards passing this year, I came close last season. I also want to try and get faster."

In 2008, he completed 53-percent of his passes. Despite what some critics may say, Hunter believes he is a better passer than most give him credit for.

"I think I'm a better passer, actually, than some people give me credit for. My rushing stats are good, but as far as stepping back in the pocket and passing, I feel I don't get enough credit for that."

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