Torii Hunter Sr. made a living jumping over, on, and on some occasions, into walls. But Torii Hunter Jr. plays a different game entirely. In Hunter Jr.’s game, you don’t want to run into people, or be run over by them.
Late in the third quarter of No. 10 Notre Dame’s match-up with the Texas Longhorns, Hunter Jr. attempted to make a catch in traffic and got steamrolled by Texas safety DeShon Elliott.
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That was somehow not called targeting. Despite the fact that Elliott lowers his head like a weapon, neither the officials on the field, nor the officials upstairs decided to call down and penalize the Longhorns who were leading 31-28 at the time of the hit. Hunter’s drop–if we can call it that, as much as it was a dislodging–would lead to fourth down, where the Fighting Irish would have their field goal blocked.
Hunter Jr. was taken to the locker room for further diagnosis, although he did manage to walk off the field by himself, albeit gingerly. He also walked to the locker room, but again, did so ever so slowly as he was undoubtedly still reeling from bare minimum having his bell rung.
A main cog of the Notre Dame offense, the senior Hunter Jr. was the only experienced wide receiver coming back to campus after former teammate Will Fuller was a first-round choice by the Houston Texans in the 2016 NFL Draft. Entering the season, Hunter Jr. had 28 career catches, which was far and away the most of any player on the Irish opening roster.