STRENGTHS: Awesome speed to eliminate pursuit angles and motor away from defenders. Nice job manipulating space to make guys miss, using lateral quickness and cut-and-go burst. Finishes with toughness and runs competitive. Reliable receiving option in the screen game, running some routes and showing soft hands.
WEAKNESSES: Vision and anticipation tend to run hot/cold, running into his blockers at times. Will dance too much at times and doesn't always have a consistent plan, late to recognize open lanes. Doesn't bring a power element to the field and lacks the pile-pushing strength to lower his pads and drive forward.
Hunt led the Boilermakers in rushing in 2013, then followed that up with 949 rushing yards as a senior on 5.5 yards per carry. He also provides versatility, leading Purdue with 48 receptions last season.
10/07/2014 - Purdue gashed Illinois for 349 yards rushing and first-time starting quarterback Austin Appleby threw for a touchdown and ran for two more to lead Purdue to a 38-27 upset on Saturday at Illinois. Appleby was 15 of 20 for 202 yards. He ran for another 76 yards on seven carries. Akeem Hunt carried the ball 30 times for 177 yards and a touchdown. The Boilermakers (3-3, 1-1 Big Ten) took a 24-14 lead on an 80-yard touchdown pass from Appleby to Danny Anthrop in the third quarter. Big plays sank the Illini (3-3, 0-2). Besides the 80-yard touchdown, Purdue had plays of 62, 54 and 53 yards. Wes Lunt led Illinois with 332 yards passing and two touchdowns. But he limped off the field with help early in the fourth quarter after a big hit and did not return. - AP Sports