Saturday, July 24, 2010

The Countdown 2010: 42 Days to Go

42: Brice Hunter, Wide Receiver #88 (1992 – 1995)

One of the greatest receivers in Georgia history is often overlooked because he happened to play alongside two other receiving legends in Andre Hastings and Hines Ward. Brice hunter starred for the Dawgs from 1992 until 1995. Like Buck Belue before him, Hunter played high school at Valdosta but was not heavily recruited. He found a home in Athens and during the 1993 season, made a lot of school around the country regret not offering him a scholarship.

In 1993, Hunter turned in what can arguably be considered the greatest receiving in Georgia history. He caught a Georgia single season record 76 passes for 970 yards (second best single season total in Georgia history). He also caught 9 touchdown passes from quarterback Eric Zeier ans was named to the All-SEC squad following the season.

1994 was another great season for Hastings as he once again led the Dawgs in receiving. He caught 59 passes for 799 yards and 7 touchdowns. He was named All-SEC for the second consecutive season. He finished his Georgia career the following season. For his career, Hunter ranks second in career receptions at Georgia with 182. He is third in receiving yards with 2,373 and third in career touchdown receptions with 19. You can see Hunter in action at the 4:18 mark in the video below:

Brice Hunter was drafted in the 7th round of the 1996 NFL Draft by the Miami Dolphins. He later played two seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers before retiring after the 1998 season. Brice Hunter was tragically killed by a gunshot wound in 2004.

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