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Freshman focus: Andre Hunt, a speedster from California, in position to play immediately

Freshman focus: Andre Hunt, a speedster from California, in position to play immediately


His biography in the Nebraska football media guide begins with a line that grabs your attention.

"One of the top receivers in California ..."

Andre Hunt, a true freshman from Paraclete High School in Palm Dale, has been grabbing Husker coaches' attention with his practice performances this month.

"He's doing a good job," said Troy Walters, the team's offensive coordinator and receivers coach. "This offense isn't the easiest offense to learn and grasp. We ask a lot from the outside receivers because they have to know (the) "X" and "Z" (positions), and we move them all over the place. He's done a good job of understanding the offense. He's made plays. He's done a good job of studying his playbook and knowing what to do.

"He has an opportunity to play this year, be in the rotation and make plays."

Nebraska went through preseason training camp with 15 receivers. So, the fact Hunt distinguished himself in that crowd — at arguably the team's strongest position group — is no small feat. Perhaps it's no surprise considering the 6-foot, 190-pounder was rated among the nation's top 100 high school receivers by Rivals and 247Sports and had more than a dozen scholarship offers from major-college programs, including USC, Colorado, Washington State and Utah.

As a senior at Paraclete, Hunt caught 67 passes for 1,185 yards and 18 touchdowns for a team that finished 13-2.

What stands out about Hunt's game?

"Probably his speed," Walters said. "He knows how to run and is a good route runner. He was a good route runner in high school. That's what really drew us to him — the fact he kind of knows the details of route running and how to get open.

"He has some speed that allows him to create separation from the corners. Those things allow him to be successful."

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Steven, a lifelong Nebraskan, newspaper enthusiast and UNL grad, joined the Journal Star in 1990 and has covered NU football since 1995.

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