Notre Dame's leading receiver in '01 with 37 receptions for 387 yards ... joined David Givens in giving Notre Dame an explosive one-two
receiving punch ... was a sixth-round draft pick of the Baltimore
Ravens Snatural, gifted athlete with excellent hands and quickness ...
also played basketball for a year at Notre Dame.
AS A SENIOR: Irish starter at split end in all 11 games for
2001 ... had four catches for 38 yards vs. Nebraska ... led Irish in
catches and receiving yards vs. Michigan State with a career-high six
catches for 57 yards ... recorded only Irish touchdown vs. Michigan
State, a six-yard reception in the second quarterSset another career
high with eight catches vs. Texas A&M for 72 yardsSled the Irish in
receptions vs. Texas A&M ... led Irish in receptions with three vs.
West VirginiaStied for team lead, with David Givens, in receptions
for the Irish vs. USC with four catches for a season-high 77
yardsSrecorded season long 42-yard reception vs. USC ... once again
led Irish receivers with three catches for 42 yards vs. Boston
College ... pulled in a 29-yard pass from David Givens on the
reverse halfback optionSled the Irish in receptions with 37 for 387
AS A JUNIOR: Regular at split end for Irish in 2000 ...
started first five games of season at that spot as well as vs. Boston
College, Rutgers and USC - and vs. Oregon State in 2001 Tostitos
Fiesta Bowl ... caught first career touchdown, a 46-yarder from
Arnaz Battle with 3:24 remaining in the third quarter vs. Texas A&M,
giving Irish a 14-10 lead they would not relinquish ... finished
the game with two catches for 50 yards to lead Notre Dame receivers ... played limited role vs. Nebraska after suffering early concussion
... made key 15-yard grab on third-and-10 play to keep Irish drive
alive leading to game-winning field goal vs. Purdue ... made
43-yard reception of Matt LoVecchio pass to the two-yard line on
first play of fourth quarter to set up a Julius Jones touchdown,
bringing the Irish to within 20-14 of Michigan State ... gained 23
yards on a reverse, the longest carry of his career, on opening
scoring drive vs. Stanford ... made only one special team
appearance vs. Navy after spraining ankle vs. Stanford ... returned
to offensive action in a limited role vs. West Virginia ... capped
off 18-play, 84-yard drive with a 10-yard TD reception to give Irish
7-0 lead vs. Air Force ... caught 25-yard touchdown in third
quarter vs. Rutgers just two plays after David Givens' blocked punt
to give Irish 31-17 lead ... made season-high three receptions vs.
Rutgers ... had 48-yard reception to the USC four-yard line,
setting up a LoVecchio touchdown run that gave Irish 28-14 lead in
season finale ... that catch marked Notre Dame's final pass of the
day as Irish finished victory with 24 straight rushing plays ...
caught three passes for team-high 57 yards vs. Oregon State in
Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, including 40-yarder that marked longest
completion of the night for Irish, and returned one kickoff for 23
AS A SOPHOMORE: Top reserve at wide receiver for Irish in
'99, playing in all 12 games ... had three receptions for 46 yards
vs. Michigan ... made first career start vs. Purdue, catching three
passes for 47 yards ... had career-high 84 yards receiving vs.
Michigan State, including the longest catch of his career (43 yards)
... set personal career highs in receiving yards three straight
weeks (Michigan, Purdue, Michigan State) ... made three catches vs.
Tennessee ... displayed his potential impressively in '99 Blue-Gold
final spring game when he caught three passes for 143 yards,
including 67-yarder for touchdown from Arnaz Battle and another
72-yarder from Battle.
AS A FRESHMAN: Played in eight games as rookie wide receiver
in '98, including vs. Georgia Tech in '99 Gator Bowl ... also
earned playing time vs. Purdue, Stanford, Arizona State, Army,
Baylor, Navy and USC ... didn't catch a pass in '98 but gained 15
yards on reverse vs. Army ... served as walk-on member of Irish
basketball team during second semester of '98-'99 campaign, though he
did not play in any games.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Parade prep All-American ...
USA Today second-team All-American ... rated 34th best player
nationally by The Sporting News and 37th best player by Chicago
Sun-Times ... rated one of top 100 players nationally by Dallas
Morning News ... earned three letters in football as wide receiver
and defensive back at Detroit Country Day School in Beverly Hills,
Mich ... . caught 46 passes for 794 yards and nine touchdowns as
senior in '97 ... rushed 13 times for 115 yards and totaled 329
yards on punt and kickoff returns ... finished with 1,238
all-purpose yards in '97 ... all-state, all-area, all-metro and
all-conference pick as junior and senior ... caught 31 passes for
697 yards and three TDs and also intercepted two passes as junior . .
. caught nine passes for 254 yards and three TDs and averaged 42.8
yards on kickoff returns with one TD as sophomore ... didn't play
football until his freshman year in high school ... helped Country
Day to Michigan Class B football state title as sophomore ...
selected for Michigan prep all-star football game ... earned four
letters in basketball (guard) ... second-team all-state in
basketball as junior while teaming with eventual Duke standout Shane
Battier ... helped Country Day win three straight state basketball
titles from freshman through junior seasons ... averaged 18.3
points, 3.4 assists and 3.2 rebounds as junior ... MVP in state
basketball tournament as sophomore and junior ... earned letters in
track as freshman and junior as long jumper ... helped team to
conference and regional titles both years ... earned all-state
honors in track as junior finished fourth in state in long jump as
junior at 21-8 1/2 ... set eighth-grade state long jump mark at
20-7 ... alumnus of Notre Dame football camp ... father James was
defensive back from 1976-82 for Detroit Lions (he led Lions in
interceptions in '76, '77 and '80) after playing collegiately at
Grambling ... full name is Javin Edward Hunter ... born 5-9-80 in
Detroit ... graduated with a degree in economics from the College
of Arts and Letters.
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