The Eagles hunt for a running back to complement Brian Westbrook has hopefully ended. Since Westbrook has taken over as the featured Eagles back he has been nothing short of outstanding. LaDaniel Tomlinson called him the most underated back in the NFL. Brian has done it all for the Eagles as both a runner, receiver and punt returner. Most of his biggest plays have come in the most clutch situations.
However, it is critical in the future to not allow Brian to wear down. He has not given any indications that he would be wearing down in the past. But the temptations to use the man are so great that it now becomes important for the Eagles to develop another “go-to” back. This player would have to be one who has shown durability and have the ability to make big plays. The Eagles have hoped Correll Buckhalter would have been this man, but injuries have continued to slow the big man down. If and that is a big IF, Correll could stay healthy, he still could contribute as another big play go to guy. Correll has displayed that ability in the past. If however the injury bugaboo continues to strike Correll, Eagle and Penn State fans might be glad that the Birds drafted Tony Hunt. Tony is a big fast durable back they drafted #2 out of Penn State. A brief look at his resume indicate his talents:
For Penn State: As a freshman in 2004, Hunt played in all 11 games and made nine starts.
He finished the year with 169 carries for 777 yards (4.6 average) and seven touchdowns, and caught 39 passes for 334 yards. Hunt again played in all 12 of Penn State’s games in 2005, starting 11 contests. He complied 1,047 yards rushing on 174 carries (6.0 average) and six touchdowns, and caught 20 passes for 206 yards in less than a full game in the Orange Bowl vs. Florida State. In 2006 Hunt started all 13 games and finished the season with 277 carries for 1,386 yards (5.0 average) and 11 touchdowns and also caught 27 passes for 259 yards and three touchdowns, garnering second team All-Big 10 honors. Watching most of Hunt’s career at Penn State, I couldn’t believe the Eagles luck in grabbing him. He could be the secret weapon that could greatly aid the Eagles cause.
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