Stillwater News Press

September 18, 2013

Coyle football cruising behind running back Gary Hunter

By Andrew Glover
Stillwater NewsPress

STILLWATER, Okla. — One of the toughest things for any football player is when they aren’t able to step onto the football field. Coyle senior Gary Hunter knows that experience all too well — he had to deal with it during his sophomore season.

In the second game of the season, Hunter was hit and broke his arm, which would cause him to spend the rest of the season on the sideline. For the then-sophomore running back, watching the game was hard.

“I wanted to be on the field for the team,” Hunter said. “Even with a broken arm, I wanted to be on the field and help my team.”

Since then Hunter has made a full recovery and is one of the main contributors during his senior season in the running game.

“After I broke my arm, I was on the sideline supporting my teammates and they had my back,” Hunter said. “Now I have their back on the field.”

Last Friday against Woodland, Hunter rushed for 184 yards and scored three touchdowns in Coyle’s 46-0 victory over Woodland. Bluejackets coach Shane Weathers said Hunter played a big role on the offense that week.

“Woodland did a good job of shutting down our quarterback traps and Anthony (McLeod’s) little sweep,” Weathers said. “What that did was leave Gary Hunter open and he got a lot of yards.”

Hunter sees his role differently and tries to avoid putting the spotlight on him.

“I just go out there and make plays for the team,” Hunter said. “It isn’t just a one-man game. Ryan (Weathers) gets yards, Anthony McLeod gets yards and scores and I just go out there and do my best to contribute.”

Lining up in the backfield is something, Hunter has done since he first could pick up a ball and run with it.

“I’ve been a running back all my life — Pee-wee, AAU,” Hunter said. “I’ve been playing as a young boy and it was the first thing I learned how to do.”

Hunter said one of the things he likes about being a running back is showing off his speed, which comes at the expense of the opposing defense.

“I like making people miss and make them look funny,” Hunter said. “I like using stiff arms and just showing off my speed.”

Hunter hopes he can continue playing football in college. Once his playing days are done, Hunter plans on working for the United States Department of Agriculture and inspect food.

“My uncle Carlos works there and he is always teaching me what food is good to eat and what’s not,” Hunter said. “He is always teaching me what to look for.”

Honorable mention

Gage Stallworth, Cushing football

Kolby Mendenhall, Perry football

Shana Walls, Morrison softball