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Marshall's Hunter named Freshman All-American

Dec. 09, 2012 @ 11:00 PM

HUNTINGTON -- Marshall players continued to pile up the postseason accolades this weekend.

Marshall freshman linebacker D.J. Hunter was named as a Freshman All-American by The Sporting News.

Hunter, who originally started the year at safety, made a more-than-successful switch to linebacker during his redshirt freshman season.

He played in all 12 contests for the Herd defense, starting the final 11 games at strongside linebacker.

Hunter's presence was immediately felt as he compiled 102 tackles on the season -- the most of any freshman linebacker in Conference USA -- while adding 3.5 tackles for loss, two pass breakups and a forced fumble.

During the season, Hunter finished with four double-digit tackle contests, including a career-high 18 tackles in the season-finale at East Carolina.

His other double-digit games included 12 in the win over Memphis, 11 in a win over Southern Miss and 10 in a loss to UCF.

Hunter became the Herd's second freshman to earn a major award for their play in the 2012 season. Last week, running back Kevin Grooms was named the Conference USA Freshman of the Year by the league's head coaches.

Like Grooms, Hunter was also named to the Conference USA All-Freshman Team. In all, Marshall had four freshmen on the team -- tied for the most among C-USA schools.

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