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Florida Football 2012 100 For 100, No. 99: Omar Hunter's Unfulfilled Promise

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April 7, 2012; Gainesville FL, USA; Florida Gators defensive tackle Omar Hunter (99) during the first half of the Florida-Spring Game at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Phil Sears-US PRESSWIRE
April 7, 2012; Gainesville FL, USA; Florida Gators defensive tackle Omar Hunter (99) during the first half of the Florida-Spring Game at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Phil Sears-US PRESSWIRE

Last year, we tried 50 For 50, and got halfway done before things cropped up. This year, Alligator Army is coming back with 100 For 100, with 100 articles in the 100 days leading up to the first Florida Gators football game of the 2012 season, and will run down storylines, profile players, examine history, and make some predictions, possibly all haphazardly. The only thing we can promise is that each day's entry will bring us all one step closer to "Herrrrrrrrre ... come the Gators!"

If you were following recruiting like a bloodhound in 2008, just after Florida's ultimately unsatisfying 2007 campaign — having the nation's most unstoppable offensive player and one of the country's worst secondaries at the same time will tend toward the unsatisfying — you will remember the story of Omar Hunter's recruitment. A Notre Dame decommitment, Hunter was the sort of hulking defensive tackle every coach wanted and envisioned as a space eater up front. Urban Meyer's hosannas were quintessential Urb-perbole: He called Hunter the Tim Tebow of that recruiting class.

In a way, he was right: Florida's 2008 recruiting class is littered with a bunch of names that had tremendous talent and made impacts off the field while falling to Earth (Will Hill and Janoris Jenkins were both in the same class), and Hunter's never quite gotten in gear as an impact player, tallying 71 total tackles, seven tackles for loss, and just one sack in his three years as a Gator.

Hunter will likely start at defensive tackle in the fall, as a senior, and he has the talent to make havoc happen. He's also a gregarious guy, sort of the fun counterpart to Dominique Easley's is-he-off-his-meds? lunacy and Sharrif Floyd's more stoic comportment, and could well be Florida's leader up front based on his age and experience alone. Whether he makes good on the promise many still think he has is another story.

And, of course, Tebow did have a hand in a couple of titles. Hunter has been part of one; another would be nice.