Ovens Enjoyed Outstanding Senior Season

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Hunter Ovens, star running back and linebacker for Cardinal Mooney (Sarasota, FL), turned in a fantastic senior season. The 6-2, 220-pound Virginia Tech recruit was big part of a defense that forced four shutouts on the year and gave up an average of just under 200 yards per game. On offense, he rushed for 783 yards and 22 touchdowns.

Cardinal Mooney finished 11-1 on the year.

“It felt good being a senior this year,” Ovens said. “It was such a good season. It was good to leave high school like that.”

Ovens believes he improved in several areas from the 2005 season to 2006.

“I feel like I improved in practice habits. I practiced hard and it kept on going in the games,” said Ovens, who has been invited to several postseason all-star games but is not sure if he will participate. “On defense, I just kept getting after it and tried to keep it going throughout the entire game. On offense, I just kept pushing too. I’d do whatever the team needed me to do.”

Ovens talked about the strengths and weaknesses of his game at this point in his football career.

“My athleticism is my strength,” Ovens said. “I’m working more on the fundamental stuff. I need to get in better shape so I don’t get tired as the game goes on. I’ll keep working hard.”

At this point, the plan is to go to Virginia Tech and play college football. Assuming this is what happens – the alternative is Ovens, an outstanding baseball player, choosing to play professional baseball – Ovens is hoping for a chance to play early.

“I’m just looking forward to going out and displaying what I can do,” Ovens replied when asked if he wants to play early at Virginia Tech. “I want to play early. I’m hoping I can have a good off-season and try and earn playing time next year. They are saying they don’t have too many linebackers out there.”

Ovens, who says he is very solid in his commitment to Virginia Tech, had an in-home with Coach Charley Wiles last week. He talks with Wiles once a week.

“I had dinner with him last week,” Ovens said of Wiles. “He talked to me and he was also down to talk to Mike Connolly. It was good. I feel pretty comfortable with him. We talked about everything that is going on.”

As for now, the Florida prep star could be finished with football on the high school level. He is not playing any sports at this time, instead waiting