40 - Hunter Ovens Position: Linebacker
Class: r-Freshman
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 203 lbs.
High School: Cardinal Mooney
Hometown: Bradenton, Fla.
photo A promising newcomer who will be battling for some playing time at the backer position when practice opens in August ... Began his first year working as a whip linebacker, before making the switch inside for spring practice ... Coaches felt moving him closer to the ball would best suit his talents ... Showed steady improvement ... Has the tools to succeed, but needs to become a little more assertive ... The learning process is on-going and a good summer preparation will be extremely important.

2007: Spent the fall working at whip linebacker while redshirting ... Bench pressed 360 pounds during off-season strength and conditioning work ... Switched to the backer position prior to the spring ... Was in on four tackles and recovered a fumble during one spring scrimmage ... Posted three tackles during the Maroon-White game.

High School: A SuperPrep All-American ... Lettered all four years for Coach Mike Dowling, while seeing action at outside linebacker, tailback and as a punter and kicker ... Rushed for 783 yards and 24 touchdowns his senior season ... Compiled 138 tackles and 18 sacks from his linebacker spot ... Also intercepted five passes and recovered nine fumbles ... Averaged 40.8 yards per punt ... Helped the team to a regional championship, scoring two TDs in the title game ... A first-team all-state utility selection to the Class 2B All-State Football teams as selected by the Florida Sports Writers Association his final year ... Listed as the No. 18 overall player on the Florida 100 by SuperPrep, which also rated him the No. 19 linebacker in the country ... Rated the No. 24 player in the state of Florida and the No. 14 strongside linebacker in the country by Scout ... Listed as the No. 31 outside linebacker in the country and the No. 56 player in the state of Florida by Rivals ... Rated the No. 96 prospect in the state of Florida by The Sun-Sentinel ... An All-Southeast Region selection by PrepStar ... Earned second team all-state honors as a junior as a defensive lineman ... Rushed for 492 yards and nine touchdowns that year ... Recorded 119 tackles, including 10 for loss and 8.0 sacks and averaged 44.7 yards per punt for the Class 2B-Region 3 runner-up ... Was also a standout baseball player who was drafted in the 25th round by San Diego ... Named to the Florida Sports Writers Association 3A all-state first-team baseball team.

Personal: Hunter Kane Ovens ... Born 11/3/88 in Bradenton, FL ... Son of Robert and Julie Ovens ... Majoring in business.