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Kendall Hunter’s Training Camp Blog

Posted Aug 2, 2011



Kendall Hunter, the 49ers fourth-round draft pick out of Oklahoma State spoke with 49ers.com prior to the first padded practice of his NFL career. Find out what the rookie running back is going through in his first 2011 Training Camp blog update.

It’s crazy to be putting the pads on the first time in the NFL. I’m living a dream. You’re kind of nervous, but it’s a dream. I look forward to the padded practices. As a running back, you have to look forward to contact. It’s part of the job.

Everybody has been trying to learn the playbook at the same time, so it’s been a good time with the veterans so far in camp. Everybody’s trying to help each other. We’re all in here together trying to get ready for the season. I’d say all of the veterans have helped me out so far. It’s a team-thing. If you mess up, somebody is there to correct you.

I don’t know everyone’s names just yet. It’s kind of hard to know all of them. I know the majority of everyone here though. I know some of the guys who played high school ball in the state of Texas like me, but most of them left college before I got there.

I like getting to know our coaches. Our running backs coach, Coach Rathman has been fun to work with. He makes sure we’re on top of our stuff and he makes sure we know what we’re doing at all times. Coach Harbaugh brings a lot of energy to the team too. You can tell he’s a player’s coach the way he interacts with the guys.

Training camp has been cool so far. It’s a business. It’s totally different from college and everybody is good, so you have to bring your A-game every practice, all the time. I hope to get better and really learn this playbook.

I try to run like all the good backs. That’s the first thing I noticed when I was a young kid. My brother made me watch all the great running backs. That was the first thing I noticed, somebody running with the ball. I was like, “That looks like fun.” I played quarterback in middle school when I played Pop Warner, but I’ve been a running back for most of my career.

It’s hard to keep in touch with my family back home. We get back to the hotel late and it’s about 12 at night Central time down in Texas. When I’m away from football, I like to spend time with my girl and my two kids. They’re young, but they’re proud of their dad. It’s tough being away from them, but I like it on the West Coast. It’s different; it ain’t hot like it’s in Texas. The weather out here is pretty good.


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