Florida’s Hunter to play in senior game

Florida Gators defensive lineman Omar Hunter is gearing up to play in the Raycom College All-Star Classic on Saturday.

The 6-foot, 313-pounder will wear No. 99 for the Stars Team. The game is scheduled to kickoff at 2 p.m. at the Cramton Bowl in Montgomery, Ala. It will be broadcasted live on CBS.

Former NFL coaches Jim Bates and Dan Reeves are serving as coaches in the game.

Hunter started all 13 games for he Gators this season and anchored a unit that finished fifth nationally in total defense. He plugged up the middle and finished with 40 tackles, including four for a loss and four pass breakups. In 2009, Hunter was named to the SEC’s All-Freshman team and was a second-team Freshman All-American by Football News.

The Gators will have three seniors playing in All-star games on Saturday. Kicker Caleb Sturgis and safety Josh Evans are suiting up for the East team in the East-West Shrine Game, which is scheduled for 4 p.m. at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg. It will be broadcasted live on the NFL Network.


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