LAFAYETTE — No Louisiana football player has ever been a first round pick. Robert Hunt hopes to change that Thursday.
"What I'm hoping for, and this is just me hoping, I'm hoping late first round or top-10 in the second round," he said, as he anxiously awaits draft day.
Selected 35th overall in 2003, Charles Tillman is the highest drafted player in Louisiana University football history. Many scouts grade Hunt as a second round prospect.
He was a four-year starter in Lafayette, but he wasn't always destined to be a pro.
"It definitely wasn't always great," he recalled. "My first couple of years I wanted to be very good, I expected to be very good but I wasn't... I knew I wanted to play. I knew this is what I wanted to do. I thought I can't do it the way I've been doing it, something has to change. That's when I became more dedicated to the game, more serious about the game."
Hunt and fellow draft prospect Kevin Dotson anchored the right side of the offensive line the past two seasons. In that time, Louisiana has rushed the ball for more than 6,600 yards, ranked 8th in the country. The teams has run the ball for 73 touchdowns, ranked 9th, and averaged 5.9 yards-per-carry, which ranks 3rd.
That attack helped the team win 18-games, including 11 in 2019.
"Winning is fun. There is no fighting, everyone is on the same page, it's fun," Hunt said. "Winning brings the morale up. Winning is everything."
Hunt missed time in 2019 with a groin injury, which he had off-season surgery to repair. He said he feels 100-percent and is ready to play.
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