Long road leads to UF for Oilers quarterback

By Nik Aregood

aregoodn@findlay.edu

Jeremy Hunt, the new quarterback for the University of Findlay football team, followed a long road to get to where he is now. Hunt has been playing football since he was 6 years old. Now he is senior in college.

Hunt is from Oak Parks, Illinois and went to high school at Oak Park River Forest. While at Oak Park River Forest high school he was a two-year starter and had the record 7-3 overall and 4-2 in conference, ranked 44 overall in Illinois.

Then Hunt went to University of Central Missouri where he saw action in 10 games, and started in nine of them. He earned All-MIAA honorable mention, finished second in the league in passing yards per game (228.1), completed 144-of-276 passes (.522) for 2,281 yards, 19 touchdowns, seven interceptions, and threw for more than 200 yards.

Hunt next attended Trinity Valley Community College, where his stats and performance continued to improve. Rated the nation’s No. 9 JUCO dual-threat quarterback, according to JCGridiron.com, he started 10 games as a sophomore and compiled a 7-3 record as a starter.

Hunt led the Cardinals to an appearance in the 2019 Midwest Classic Bowl vs. Butler CC. He accounted for 2,653 yards total offense and 24 touchdowns, completed 201 of 338 throws (.595) for 2,474 yards, 20 TDs and seven interceptions.

Hunt’s third stop on his road was at University of Louisiana-Monroe, where he played more of a back-up role. Hunt appeared in seven games and started in two, accounting for 760 yards total offense and seven total touchdowns, completed 70-of-129 passes (.543) for 742 yards, six TDs and four interceptions.

Finally Hunt gets the call from the University of Findlay, where he is now the QB1 for the football team.

“This is the strongest connection I’ve ever had with a team,” Hunt said. “I believe that there isn’t a thing this team can’t do. We can win it all.” 

His first game as the starting QB may not have gone the way the team wanted. Yet it was an impressive start to the season with him at the helm. He made 23 completions out of 38 attempted passes against Ohio Dominican University, for 281 yards, 2 touchdowns, and a pass efficiency of 140.0.

In the home opener against Ashland University 10-for-22 for 82 yards and an interception according to UF Athletics.

The Oilers host Southwest Baptist University in a noon kickoff on Sept. 17.

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