Per recent reports heading into the weekend, it looks like Akeem Hunt will now be spending his senior season at wide receiver. Honestly I'm not to sure how I fill about that. First off, it could definitely be a good thing as it could mean Raheem Mostert is the real deal. If that's the case, however, why was Mostert rarely utilized on offense his first three seasons? Also, if John Shoop was going to continue to be selfish and send a 184 pound speedster up the gut with an inferior offensive line...well then get him out of that position as soon as you can. It does create the question of who else will emerge at running back to spell Mostert. One would imagine we'd see plenty of 260 pound Brandon Cottom until you realize the offense shied away from him most of last season. So there's the possibility of more David Yancey, redshirt freshman Keyante Green or maybe one of the new additions.
Of course that leads to the question of what will Hunt do on offense. He's only 5'9 and greatly undersized so you're limited with what he can run. He could line up in the slot and create a speed mismatch, especially if he draws linebackers and safeties, but one has to wonder how good his route running truly is. The ultimate reality is he'll be a likely option for screens, dump offs and quick slants...except we have a ton of speedsters in guys like B.J. Knauf and Danny Anthrop that can do that as well. It takes Hunt out of a possible two man running game and throws him in to a three man trio that will be splitting looks in the slot. Not entirely sure how much playing time this will lead to and it seems a bit brash right now. I can understand if they "want to get him on the field" and think Mostert is their guy, but simply converting him to a position with a bit of a log jam already probably isn't the quick fix solution to get him touches in 2014.