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Toledo Rockets Running Back Kareem Hunt Looking To Carry The Load in 2014

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Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

The Toledo Rockets are coming off a disappointing season in 2013 which saw the team lose five games and miss out on postseason play. Entering the 2014 season, the Rockets will need to fill the hole vacated by senior running back David Fluellen. Fluellen has been the heart and soul of the Rockets’ offense, and as he has the opportunity to take his game to the NFL the Rockets will be looking to Kareem Hunt to explode next season.

Hunt had a very impressive 2013 season which saw the freshman bolt for 866 rushing yards and six touchdowns. Hunt’s 5.7 yards per carry are indicative of his breakaway speed and his ability to take it to the house every time he touches the football. Hunt has great size at 5-foot-11 200-pounds, and his bulky frame allows him to contribute in pass protection.

During the Rockets’ last six games of the season, Hunt was major contributor for the offense. He rushed for 789 yards (131.5 yards per game) and had all six of his touchdown runs in the second half of the season. Toledo was 4-2 down the stretch, and Hunt’s 186 rushing yard performance was instrumental in the Rockets’ 51-41 victory over conference opponent Buffalo on Nov. 12.

As the Rockets make the transition into next season, the offense will receive a shot of adrenaline with the big play ability of Kareem Hunt. Hunt will allow the Rockets to loosen up opposing defenses and allow wide receiver Alonzo Russell make plays in the vertical passing game.

Look for a stellar season out of Kareem Hunt next year.

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