Junior punter enjoys experience at College Football Hall of Fame
9 Rams recognized by conference
Punter will travel to Atlanta for College Football Awards Show
Junior leads NCAA FBS for net punting average
Matthews forces 2 fumbles, intercepts pass in victory
Ray Guy Award finalist Hayden Hunt represented Colorado State at the 2015 College Football Awards Show in Atlanta.
Colorado State closed the regular season with a 34-31 win at Fresno State - 11/28/15 (Photos by Don Reichert)
Colorado State opened up Mountain West play with a 33-18 loss at Utah State - 10-3-15 [Photos by Don Reichert]
CSU football defeated UTSA, 33-31, on Sept. 26 for the Rams' first road win of the season. Photos by Don Reichert.
Colorado State vs. Colorado in the 2015 Rocky Mountain Showdown
Career Division I games played/started: 38/0 (11/0 in 2015... 13/0 in 2014...14/0 in 2013)
2015 (Junior): Named one of three finalists for the prestigious Ray Guy Award, presented annually to college football's most outstanding punter...attended annual Home Depot College Football Awards Show in Atlanta Dec. 9-10...earned second-team All-America honors from USA Today and named second team All-Mountain West by vote of conference coaches and media...Has played in 11 games, punting the ball 52 times for an average of 46 yards, fifth-best in FBS...his career-long 73 yard punt against Minnesota (9/12) was the seventh-longest punt in the nation for the season...has had 46% (24/52) of his punts downed within the 20-yard line, with just one touchback (1.9%), each of which ranks first among Ray Guy finalists...did not play against Savannah State (9/5) and at New Mexico (11/21), when the Rams did not punt.
2014 (Sophomore): Earned honorable mention All-Mountian West, punting 51 times for an average of 43.8 yards per punt, which ranked 18th nationally...placed 14 punts inside the 20-yard line, and registered only four touchbacks... 13 punts traveled longer than 50 yards including a long of 63.
2013 (Freshman): Punted the ball 68 times with an average of 41.9 in 2013...boomed 13 punts 50-plus yards and dropped 14 inside opponent 20s’-yard line, with a long of 69 yards, and had just four touchbacks.
- In his first collegiate game, punted a career-long 69-yarder late in the third quarter, vs. Colorado (Sept. 1)
- In a home victory over Nevada (Nov. 9), recorded his career high with a punt average of 53 yards per kick on two attempts...earned College Football Performance Awards Punter of the Week honorable mention
- During a road win at Hawai’i (Oct. 26) punted the ball 10 times, four of which landed inside the Rainbow Warriors’ 20-yard line
- Was added to the midseason Ray Guy Award watch list
2012: Redshirted as a true freshman in his first season of college eligibility.
High School: Earned four letters in football and baseball at Long Beach (Calif.) Poly High School... Four-time all-conference selection in baseball and football... As captain and leadoff hitter for the baseball team, led school to its first uncontested league championship in 1968... 2011 ESPN L.A. South All Region Football Selection...named his teams’ special teams’ MVP…holds the school record for longest field goal. National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame, Los Angeles Chapter Scholar Athlete Award... head coach was Raul Lara... played against eventual CSU teammates Tomas Rivera and Eli Edwards.
Personal: Given name Hayden Ellett Hunt...born June 9, 1993, in Long Beach, Calif. ...parents are Andrew and Renee Hunt...has one younger sister, Clara...majoring in political science with a minor in history at CSU.
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