MSU punter a 'wonderful surprise' in switching to TE
Tyler Hunt spent his first three seasons at Michigan State in a specialist role, working as a punter and a kicker for the Spartans since 2017. Now, though, the redshirt junior is making an interesting position switch.
Hunt, at 6-foot-2, 235 pounds, is getting in work at the tight end position. It’s not a move very often seen in college football, but Michigan State tight ends coach Ted Gilmore says that the former punter has been a “wonderful surprise” in his transition to the new position.
Gilmore, according to Chris Solari of the Detroit Free Press, says that Hunt brings athleticism to the room.
Hunt joined the Spartans football program as a walk-on punter/kicker during the 2017 season under then-head coach Mark Dantonio. Though most of his time in East Lansing has been devoted to kicking or punting, Hunt did return one kickoff during the 2019 season for 16 yards in MSU’s Pinstripe Bowl victory over Wake Forest.
All other contributions have come in a punting role for the Spartans.
Making that transition from punter to tight end can’t be an easy one, but it seems to be working at Michigan State right now. It’ll be really fun to see if Hunt is able to carve out some playing time at his new position in 2020.