Mikel Hunter was named a graduate assistant in July, 2014.
Hunter, who started all 11 games of 2013, was one of the 49ers leading receivers of the inaugural season. Selected as a team captain for the inaugural game, Hunter had 45 receptions for 551 yards with two TD catches during the first season. His 53-yard TD reception in the 49ers win at Presbyterian is the 49ers longest. He also had a 96-yard kick-off return for a TD against Chowan, another 49ers record. He led the 49ers in return yardage for both punts and kickoffs and topped the 49ers with 1138 all-purpose yards.
He became the first 49ers football alum to earn a collegiate coaching position with the 49ers.
He graduated in December, 2013 with a degree in history.
As a Player:
At Charlotte: Transferred into the program after the fall, 2012 campaign. Announced Dec. 20, 2012. 2013: Selected as a team captain for inaugural game vs. Campbell, Aug. 31 ... wore the 49ers honorary #49 jersey in Game 3: vs. NC Central, Sept. 14 ... One of the 49ers leading receivers started all 11 games ... 2nd on team with 45 catches for 551 yards which were third on the team ... averaged 12.2 yards/catch and 50.1 yards/game ... WR/KR led team with 1138 all-purpose yards (103.5/game) ... had 2 TD catches, including the 49ers longest touchdown pass: 53 yards from Matt Johnson in 45-21 win at Presbyterian, Sept. 28 ... had a two-yard TD catch vs. UNC Pembroke ... had three TD's total on year ... posted 49ers first and longest kickoff return for a TD with a 96-yard return vs. Chowan, Sept. 7 ... named College Football Performance FCS National Kickoff Returner of the Week ... added 15 yards rushing during season on 3 carries ... had the 49ers first punt return (12 yards vs. Campbell) and first kickoff return (9 yards vs. Campbell) ... the 53-yard catch was also the longest catch of the season ... set marks with 71 punt return yards on 15 attempts (4.7 per) and 501 kick return yards on 23 attempts (21.8 per) ... matched the season-high with nine catches vs. UNC Pembroke, Oct. 12 ... set mark with 201 all-purpose yards at #6 Coastal Carolina, which included his highest receiving yardage (89 yds/5 catches/17.8per catch) ... program firsts included first successfully defended onside kick -- in last minute of 53-51 win over #24 Gardner-Webb, the 49ers first-ever FCS Top 25 win ... First Team FCS Independent all-Conference by collegesportsmadness.com ... a team captain for five games on year, including Senior Day vs. Wesley, Nov. 9 and season-finale vs. Morehead State, Nov. 2 ... earned Dean's List honors (3.4 GPA or higher) in Spring, 2013 ... graduated in December, 2013.
At Air Force: made 14 starts as a sophomore and junior ... made 19 catches in his 39-game, three-year career for 350 yards and three touchdowns ... added 32 rushes for 380 yards and three touchdowns. 2012: was third on the team as a junior with 14 catches for 244 yards, including a 55-yard touchdown reception vs. South Dakota and a 34-yard touchdown grad vs. Tennessee State ... In that season-opening South Dakota game, he also had an 80-yard touchdown run on Air Force's first offensive play of the year - the fourth-longest run in school history. 2011: In his sophomore year, he had two carries for 34 yards in the Independence Bowl victory vs. Georgia Tech.
At Heritage H.S.: Earned four letters in track and two letters in football.
Brad Lambert on bringing Hunter into program: "He's a senior wideout that brings alot of speed to the table. He has a lot of experience playing at a high level at Air Force. We can throw him the ball or hand him the ball - he's done both for them. We're excited to have him join our program."
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