John Hunt, who has extensive experience in Coach Steve Spurrier's offensive system and who played a prominent role in the success of the Florida Gators from 1999-2001, is in his fourth season as the Gamecocks' offensive line coach.
For the second-straight season, the 2007 Gamecock offensive line used nine different starting players. Despite that challenge, the Gamecock offense rolled up 501 yards of offense against Tennessee, 489 yards against Arkansas and 402 yards versus Mississippi State, all teams that played in bowl games. Hunt's offensive line showed tremendous growth throughout the 2006 campaign. The Gamecocks started two true freshmen and two others who came to USC as walk-ons. Despite having no first-team all-conference performers, the offense chalked up 410 yards against national champion Florida, a 492-yard effort against Clemson, a team that entered that game with the nation's fifth-best defense statistically, and capped the year with a season-best 512 yards against Houston.
Hunt helped coach the offensive line at Florida from 1999-2001, specifically working with the tackles under Coach Spurrier. During that three-year span, Hunt tutored three first-team All-Southeastern Conference linemen - tackles Cooper Carlisle, Mike Pearson and Kenyatta Walker. Pearson was a first-team All-America pick in 2001 and was a second-round NFL draft pick in 2002. Walker was a first-round draft pick in 2001 and was chosen the Jacobs' Blocking Trophy winner in 2000, an honor that goes to the SEC's top offensive lineman. Carlisle was a fourth-round draft pick in 2000. Hunt coached in the 1999 and 2000 SEC Championship games.
Hunt followed Coach Spurrier to the Washington Redskins, where he worked with the offensive line for two years (2002-03). During that stretch, he worked with two of the NFL's top tackles in Chris Samuels and Jon Jansen.
Hunt was a four-year letterman at offensive guard for the Gators. He was named second-team All-SEC in 1983 and he started the final 23 games of his career. He appeared in four bowl games and was drafted in 1984 by the Dallas Cowboys. Hunt played in two seasons in the NFL, with Dallas and Tampa Bay. A native of Orlando, Fla., Hunt holds bachelor's (1985) and master's degrees (1991) from the University of Florida. He worked as a graduate assistant at his alma mater for two years (1989-90) and was a volunteer assistant for the Gators in 1991. Two of those seasons (1990-91) he worked under Coach Spurrier. The 1991 Gators went 10-2 and won the SEC Championship.
Hunt coached in the prep ranks in Florida from 1992-98, including stints at Buchholz High School and Dr. Phillips High School. He was the head coach at Buchholz in 1995 and 1996. Hunt and his wife, Rene´, have two children, Christopher and Cameron.