San Francisco 49ers running back Kendall Hunter can’t wait to get back to training camp. Hunter tore his ACL on the first day of training camp last season and it has been a long road back for the 26-year old.
“It was tough, man,” Hunter said, via 49ers.com. “Words can’t explain it. To know you can’t do what you love and have to watch your teammates is tough. It makes you want to want to go out there and work even harder.”
Hunter has looked great this offseason through OTAs and minicamp. Everyone on the coaching staff has been very impressed with what they have seen so far.
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“He’s coming along great,” head coach Jim Tomsula said following the minicamp. “I think we all have strong feelings for Kendall… but we definitely have a rep count on him. You’ve got to keep him corralled, but he’s moving around really quick.”
Hunter worked extremely hard for a whole year to be ready for training camp. The 49ers invested in Hunter with a new contract last November despite the ACL injury.
“Seeing the coaches believe in me made me want to work harder,” Hunter said of the new contract.
Hunter finally feels like his old self again and is not feeling any pain in his knee.
“I’m feeling good. When I’m out there I don’t think about it,” Hunter said. “I wouldn’t be out there if I was thinking about it. I’m a guy that if I’m able to move, I’m going for it.”
When Hunter was asked about making his season debut, he took a step back, not wanting to jinx anything.
“We’ll just have to see,” said Hunter, cautiously. “I’m not a guy that likes to talk about it all the time.”