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College and High School

Did You Know?

When (LaDainan) Tomlinson was a freshman at Texas Christian University, the starting tailback was a sophomore named Reggie Hunt. Yes, the same Reggie Hunt who is trying to make the Chargers as a safety. Hunt was switched to defense midway through his sophomore season because the team was thin at that position because of injuries. He said people could see something special in Tomlinson even then because of Tomlinson's humility and a strong work ethic to go with speed, power and vision.
–from The Union–Tribune on LT signing for the Chargers, 2001
REGGIE PLAYED his high-school football at Denison in Texas (called the Yellowjackets). Reggie went on to play his college football at Texas Christian University (TCU).

When Reggie arrived at TCU the Horned Frogs were at a low point and were regarded as a poor team. By the time he left they had won a bowl game and followed two woeful losing seasons with a triumphant winning one against all expectation under the charismatic Denis Franchione. They also discovered a running back called LaDainian Tomlinson, who replaced Reggie at tailback when “The Reaper” moved to playing Safety.

  • Article at TCU from 1999 Reggie Hunt is hungry. [March 1999]
  • Denison's All-Century team that features Reggie in 1995 and his brother Aaron in 1997
  • Reggie shows up at this guy's site from 1996 – his first year playing in college.

  • Senior safety Reggie Hunt said the Frog defense will be ready for the challenges thrown at them by Fresno State.
    "It's a big challenge, but they played well last year," Hunt said. "They probably feel like they were robbed on a few plays so they'll be even more hungry. It's going to be a good match-up."
    Hunt dismisses any talk of this game being the deciding factor in the race for the WAC title.
    "It's just the next game," he said. "We have to go in with that mentality and the mentality to win. This isn't the conference championship."
    http://www.skiff.tcu.edu/SkiffWeb100199/Sports.html
  • The 1997 football season was one that TCU junior safety Reggie Hunt wants to forget more than Napoleon wanted to forget invading Russia in winter...
    http://www.skiff.tcu.edu/SkiffWeb100998/Sports
  • Junior weak safety Reggie Hunt (2) tackles an Air Force receiver with the aid of senior teammate Andre Bruce. Hunt is an impact player for the Frogs on both defense and special teams and a team leader on and off the field.

Fred Washington

Fred Washington lettered for TCU all four years he played in Amon Carter Stadium, beginning in 1986. He served as co-captain during his senior year. Selected with the 32nd pick of the 1990 draft by the Chicago Bears, Washington appeared to be an heir apparent to former Bears All-Pro defensive tackles Dan Hampton and Steve McMichael.

He was killed December 21, 1990, but not before earning playing time and respect from his Bears colleagues.

He was a coach's dream, an outstanding young man," said former Bears Head Coach Mike Ditka in a 1990 Star-Telegram interview.

Washington received the O'Brien Fighting Frog award and the NSCA All-American Athlete Award in 1989. He was selected to the Senior Bowl in 1989 as well as the Blue-Gray Game. He ranks eighth all-time in tackles for loss at TCU with 29 totaling 135 yards.

Reggie chose to attend TCU as that is where his cousin Fred Washington went to college before going on to the NFL with the Chicago Bears. Fred was tragically killed at the age of 23 in 1990 when Reggie was only 13. Reggie has a tattoo on one arm in memory of his cousin, who was a big influence on his life.

Hunt's arm says it all, in black letters, a tatoo across the width of his bicep: F.E.W. And then below it: 1967-1990.

Reggie's other arm has a tattoo of the Reaper. This is his nickname that he got in college I believe – earned from his hard-hitting tackles leaving bodies scattered throughout the secondary.

Reggie graduated with a major in kinesiology, which is the study of human movement. See the TCU department on this.


Draft report on Reggie from 2000.

REGGIE HUNT | (5-11, 210, 4.68) | DB Texas Christian
Notes: Started as a freshman in 1996. Began the '97 season as a running back and carried 27 times for 89 yards before going back to defense. Named a second-team All-Western Athletic Conference safety in '98 and '99. Had 56 tackles and three passes broken up in '96; 16 stops in '97; 111 tackles, seven passes broken up and the first two interceptions of his career in '98; and 88 stops, four passes broken up and one pick in '99. Also returned 13 kickoffs for 443 yards and a touchdown in '99. Would have led the nation in kickoff returns with his 34.1-yard average had he had enough returns to qualify.
Positives: Has adequate size. Is tough and pretty aggressive. Is willing to support against the run. Can return kickoffs.
Summary: Will need to run better and have excellent workouts to be drafted.

Information provided by Pro Football Weekly


Notes

Date of birth: October 14, 1977
Height: 5-11/1.81
Weight: 207/94
COLLEGE: Texas Christian University
A team captain at TCU as well as the Hula Bowl All-Star game... A preseason Defensive Player of the Year Selection... Was twice named to the first-team all-conference team... A preseason All-American... Started as a true freshman in college... Tallied the best kick off return average in the nation (34.1) in 1999.
PERSONAL: His cousin, Fred Washington, was a defensive lineman for the Chicago Bears... Majored in Kinesiology at TCU where he graduated in 1996... A four-year letter winner in both football and track at Denison High School... Also lettered in baseball and power lifting in high school.
NICKNAME: "The Reaper."


Playing in a 17-10 loss by TCU to KU in 1997.
Texas Christian's Reggie Hunt found himself sandwiched between Kansas defenders Maurice Gaddie and J.J. Johnson on Saturday in Lawrence.
Eric Gregory/The Capital-Journal
Pic of Reggie (Number 2 on far right) as a team captain at the year 2000 Hula Bowl where he played opposite Heisman Trophy winner Ron Dayne (now of NY Giants) [http://home.apu.edu/~apujoe/hulabowl/]

Texas Christian -- Kaylakie 23 FG. Drive -- 4 plays, 0 yards.
Key play -- Reggie Hunt returned a Bandhauer interception 44 yards to the Iowa State six-yard line to set up the Frogs' fourth score in four possessions.
Time of possession -- 2:12. Time remaining -- 3:07. TCU 31, Iowa State 21.
Attendance -- 64,591.
(AP photo) Gazette Online

Iowa State running back Darren Davis is hit behind the line of scrimmage by Texas Christian safety Reggie Hunt for a 2-yard loss in the second quarter of TCU's 31-21 victory at Jack Trice Stadium in Ames, Iowa, Saturday, September 5, 1998.

Reggie Hunt: 10 solo, 2 assisted, 12 total tackles.

Iowa State still had 5:48 to tie it, but Reggie Hunt intercepted Bandhauer at midfield and returned it 44 yards, setting up a 23-yard field goal by Chris Kaylakie that sealed it with 3:10 left.



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