MONDAY, JANUARY 26, 2004
Emmett Hunter & Ryan Long Earn All-America Honors in Football
Jan. 26, 2004
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Jacksonville University senior running back Emmett Hunter (Largo, Fla.) and freshman punter Ryan Long (Jacksonville/Orange Park) have been tabbed Second-Team Division I-AA Mid-Major All-Americans by Don Hansen's Football Gazette. Both Long and Hunter also earned All-America honors from College Sports Report.com and were First-Team All-Pioneer Football League selections.
Hunter had a record-breaking season, finishing second in the PFL and eighth in Division I-AA with 133.4 yards rushing per game. He ran for a school-record 1,467 yards and 11 touchdowns to finish as JU's all-time leading rusher with 2,349 career yards. Hunter capped his three-year career with a school-record eight 100-yard rushing performances, including four games of at least 180 yards, while shattering the school single-season (304) and career (589) marks for rushing attempts.
Long led the PFL and ranked 21st in I-AA with a 40.8-yard punting average, while nailing 17 of his 64 punts inside the opponents' 20-yard line. He also connected on 3-of-4 field goals and 6-of-7 point-after attempts as a backup place kicker. Long was honored as I-AA Mid-Major Special Teams Player of the Week on two occasions during the season and lays claim to the second (67 yards) and fourth-longest (63 yards) punts in school history.
Long and Hunter become the seventh and eighth players in school history to earn All-America honors, joining Justin Yowell (1998), Brett Palmi (2000), Tommy Swindell (2000), Brent Alexander (2001), Tyrone Wright (2000) and Jon Turner (2002).