Morehead ends Hunt for running back

Published 12:00 am Friday, April 30, 2004

CHESAPEAKE - If you plug Cody Hunt in, sparks will fly.

That's what the Morehead State Golden Eagles are hoping for after signing Chesapeake Panthers senior running back Cody Hunt to a letter of intent Thursday.

"You take a guy who

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rushed for 3,000 yards in his career and plug him right straight into an offense and system and they know that they have something," Chesapeake head coach Phil Davis said.

"Morehead's coaches are not concerned with Cody's size. The think he has decent size and quickness. He's a perfect fit."

The Eagles coaching staff

doesn't mind Hunt's size and the 5-foot-8, 160-pound Hunt isn't worried, either.

"I've played against big linemen all my life," Hunt said. "You can't hide from them. I just go in there and run hard. I'm not intimidated. I've run into some big guys before. It hurts, but you go on."

Hunt rushed for more than 3,000 yards in his career as he racked up three straight seasons with 1,000 yards rushing.

This past season, Hunt had 1,106 yards on 189 carries for a 5.6 average and scored 17 touchdowns, 15 rushing, one on a punt return and one on a kickoff return.

Hunt was the Associated Press Southeast District co-Offensive Player of the Year and first-team All-Ohio in Division V. He helped the Panthers to three straight playoff appearances and two league titles as a starter.

Morehead is a Division I-AA school with no scholarships.

"I'm excited to have the chance to play in college," Hunt said. "I may have to get a little bigger and bulk up.

"Morehead is real wide open like us. I like what they do offensively. It's kind of like what we do." said.

Hunt selected Morehead over Mount Union, Ohio Dominican and some other smaller school.

"Being close to home helped me make my decision. I can come home when I need to," Hunt said.

Hunt is the son of Tim and Donna Hunt of South Point.

"Coach Davis has been a great influence on Cody," Tim Hunt said. "We felt real comfortable to trust Coach Davis .