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Reggie Hunt, pic by P. Dunn
Reggie Hunt looking like Darth Vader
Picture from Reggie. Kevin Clive at the Riders passed it on to him. Pic by P. Dunn (CSPN).




2003: The Reaper Returns To Regina, Canada

Reggie Hunt, CFL linebacker

Reggie Hunt, Saskatchewan Roughriders, #9, 6'0", 220 lbs, Texas Christian University


Reggie's brother Aaron was a Bronco. Denver cut him on 31/8 and he is now a free agent. I wonder if he will come/be sent by an NFL team to Europe next year?


Photo: Mike Sarro/DenverBroncos.com




Reggie Hunt, Saskatchewan RoughridersREGGIE HUNT is the Saskatchewan Roughriders starting outside linebacker. Reggie finished the 2002 season 3rd in tackles in the CFL, 3 behind joint 1st place in the league, ahead of the number 2 tackler in Regina by 29 tackles! Reggie was the Defensive MVP of the Roughriders in 2002.

LATEST NEWS: Reggie is an All Star.
Riders lose the Western Final against the Edmonton Eskimos.

What other teams fans are saying about Reggie?

Pictures (left and below) by P. Dunn (from Riderville)

Reggie turned 26 on 14th October. Happy Birthday Reaper.


Game
Result
Tackles
ST
PKD
Sacks
INTs
Preseason
.
.
.
.
.
.
v WPG
51–17 W
-
@ EDM
10–17 L
3
Regular Season
(Western Div.)
on team -->
in league -->
1st
3rd
2nd
15=
.
2nd=
7=
3rd=
10=
1 @ TOR
20–18 W
4 (1TL)
2 v BC
32–30 W
-
2
3 v MTL
31–32 L
4
2
4 @ WPG §
27–29 L
16** (1TL)
2
5 v HAM
42–9 W
-
1
1*/3
6 v EDM ¶
32–14 W
4
1
7 @ CAL
27–11 W
4
1
1
1/24
8 @ OTT
24–29 L
7 (1FF)
1
9 v OTT
51–41 W
5 (1TL)
1
1
10 @ EDM
31-49 L
5
2
11 Labour Day
-- v WPG
18–36 L
3
12 v BC
28–2 W
4
1
13 @ HAM
24–27 L OT
8
2
14 @ MTL ¶
23–28 L
6
1
1
1/36
15 v TOR
41–24 W
2
16 Thanksgiving
-- v CAL
24–22 W
4
1
17 @ CAL
34–6 W
4
18 @ BC
26–23 W
5
Totals
11-7-0
85 (3TL)
14
.
7
3/63
Play-Offs
W–L–T
.
.
.
.
.
@ WPG (west)
37–21 W
4
1
@ EDM (w. final)
23–30 L
7
Totals (inc PO)
W–L–T–OL
85/11
14/1
.
7
3/0
2002 Season/PO
8–10/1–0–2
89/3 (3 FR)
14/0
4/0
3/0
1/0
Reggie's Rogers AT&T Player Of The Game points: 35
FR=Fumble recovery (0).
FF=Forced Fumble (5). 1 in Wks 1-6 & Wk 8, ..., Wk 18.
TL=Tackle for a Loss. 1 TL for 2 yds in Wks 1, 4. 1 TL for 4 yds in Wk 9.
* Also batted a ball to Jackie Mitchell for an INT.

** All-time CFL Record for Defensive Tackles in a single game.

§ CFL Defensive Player of the Week (4)
¶ 1st runner-up CFL Def. Player of the Week (6, 14)
 
CFL Defensive Player of the Month (1–6)
 
620CKRM Defensive Player of the Game

CFL Players of the Month (June/July 2003)
ADT DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE MONTH
LB - REGGIE HUNT #9
SASKATCHEWAN ROUGHRIDERS
Stats: 28 DT*, 1 INT, 3 QB Sacks, 1 FF, 5 ST
*Set new CFL record of 16 DT in one game, Game #25 Saskatchewan 27 @ Winnipeg 29

Undersized and Underrated
"Reggie Hunt has become a dominate defensive player. Hunt's speed, skill and athletic ability allowed him to be the total linebacker. Whether in pass coverage (zone or man), pursuing running backs or in pass rush Hunt was a force to be reckoned with. His desire to win and his recklessness helped Hunt to shine and be noticed among the plethora of great linebackers in the league. As a result, Reggie Hunt was selected defensive player of the month for June & July."

Marty York:
"Linebacker Reggie Hunt has emerged as the top defensive player in the CFL."


Linebacker Reggie Hunt (9) chases after former Rider and current Ottawa Renegade Demetris Bendross (86) after 'Benny' fumbled the ball when tackled coming across the middle during first half action in Ottawa Thursday night.

Photo by Kevin Clive (Riderville)

See the TSN.ca highlights if the Ottawa game, features Reggie's big hit on WR Aubrey Cummings. High Speed. Low Speed. (WMV format). – 8 Aug 03


Quotes on the 18-tackle game (16 DT, 2 ST). (Also read Hunting For Bombers)

“I just came out and tried to run to the ball, I didn’t have a very good couple of weeks before so I just tried to do all I could to help the team win,” said Hunt. “It’s just too bad we didn’t get the win.”
 
“I know I was overlooked last year, but I said I was going to make it known this year and I had to have a game like that to show it,” said Hunt.
 
“It’s too bad it wasn’t on television, because I wish the whole CFL would have seen it, but it’s not who sees it, it’s whether we win or lose,” said Hunt. “I want this team to win games and as a defense, we will do whatever it takes to make that happen.”

Did he get a lot of tackles because the Bombers ran at him?

“Actually, they didn’t come my way a lot, they ran away from me,” he said. “I just chased them down from the backside. I felt like I had a lot of energy during the game and that’s what I tried to do, chase guys down.”
 
“Our defense was on the field like 85, 86 times, so I was kind of fatigued,” said Hunt. “You want to have those kinds of games where you make plays, but you don’t want to be on the field that many times as a defense.”
 
Hunt figured he maybe came close to 16 tackles once before in college, making about 14 or 15, but he knew 16 was the highest he had ever had during his football career.
 
“It is a lot, but I am confident I can bring guys down and also know that my teammates can do the same,” he said. “We just want to give our team a chance to win and as a group, it doesn’t matter who ends up with the most tackles, just whether we stop the other team.”
 

Reggie and Alex Smith
Slick and The Reaper
Reggie at practice. Pictures are low-res versions of the ones on Riderville. Pics by Kevin Clive.

(left) Reggie with linebackers coach Alex Smith. (right) Terrence "Slick" Melton and Reggie posedown at the end of a practice. Slick is married to Canadian sprinter Margaret Fox.

"He's a wild and crazy guy, real aggressive, a real aggressive lifestyle,'' said outside linebacker Reggie Hunt, Melton's teammate and roommate.

"There's one word to describe Slick -- aggressive. I have no idea why they call him Slick. I call him Mister Aggressive.''




Game shots from against Edmonton and Montreal.

Pictures by P. Dunn (from Riderville)


Reggie Hunt, CFL linebacker at practiceReggie feature from TSN.ca in Hi and Lo bandwidth (Windows Media Player).

Great win over Edmonton 32–14. Reggie's mum and aunts were in town for the game, Taylor Field was rocking so I hope they had a good time. Reggie got flagged for roughing Bart Hendricks. The CKRM play-by-play crew thought it was a sympathy flag for the Eskimos, they said he hit Bart as he threw the ball. Reggie and Slick will be on Sportsline Monday night on CKRM in Regina. – 26 Jul 03

Aaron has now signed for the Broncos and is in camp in Denver. Good luck Aaron!

Reggie has been the 620 CKRM Riders Radio defensive star of the game for three weeks on the trot (vs WPG, vs HAM, vs EDM).

Picture of Reggie at practice by Kevin Clive, see the better version at Riderville.


Update (10/7/03) Missed Reggie on the radio earlier this week. Dang! He was a guest on Sportsline on 620 CKRM in Regina along with team-mate Slick (Terrence Melton). It was available via Riderville, at 6:30 in the evening (which is about 1:30am UK time).

From the game report of the 27–29 loss to WPG on Riderville:

Reggie Hunt, vs WPG“I think I have about 50 new grey hairs,” said linebacker Reggie Hunt, who broke the league record for most tackles in a game with 16. “It’s unbelievable how our games have ended this year. It’s unfortunate we had this loss tonight because I feel like we could be 4-0.”
 
Hunt said the defense rallied to the ball as much as possible against the strong play of Winnipeg’s running backs Roberts and Mike Sellers. He said it took a while for the Rider offense to get going and knew the defense needed to keep the team in it.

“It was a tough loss. If we are going to be a championship team, it is definitely important that we stick together,” said Hunt, the former Scottish Claymore and standout at TCU. “We have to fight through these losses that we got and we know that these losses could have went either way.”

Picture of Reggie (above) by Alan McEachern in the Winnipeg game in 2002.


A recent story in the Leader–Post talks about Reggie's off-season. This winter he didn't work in Circuit City. Story.


Reggie Hunt, Saskatchewan RoughridersFrom a Darrell Davis article in the Leader–Post after game 2. (Picture (left) by Joshua Sawka (Leader-Post))

"The coach came in and challenged us at halftime,'' said linebacker Reggie Hunt, who had two of Saskatchewan's five sacks before 22,155 fans at Taylor Field. Defensive linemen Nate Davis, Shont'e Peoples and Scott Shultz had the other sacks for the Roughriders, who had only 16 sacks during the 2002 season.

"We folded at the end of the second quarter, we let up, we came into the dressing room hanging our heads,'' Hunt said. "It's our home opener so we had to win it. We responded. The way things went in the third quarter, there's no way we could lose.''



Reggie's two sacks of Dave Dickenson in Week 2. Pictures are low-res versions of the ones on Riderville. Pics by P. Dunn (CSPN).

Both Reggie and Dave played for the San Diego Chargers in the NFL.


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