UP CLOSE: Shane Hunter

Shane Hunter makes an interception against Utah, returning the pick 46 yards. (Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo)

Nickname: Sugar

Favorite cold cereal: Corn Chex

Favorite Bronco Mendenhall Quote: Either you give up or you die.

Why did I choose to play football over other sports: I love the game and hitting aspect. There is no better feeling then stopping someone on third down and short.

Before a football game, I: Like to just listen to my ipod and throw the ball around with Brandon Ogletree..

How did I spend my off-season: My wife and I had our first child Halle so it was pretty busy. Other than that just working and lifting getting ready for the season.

Who is the best player I’ve ever faced: Deuce Latui, the Arizona Cardinals picked him in the second round. He is a large human being.

What would I like to do sometime in my life is: Take my wife on her dream vacation. Where that is I am not sure where because it is always changing.

One place I would like to visit: I would love to go to a Buffalo Bills playoff game.

If I could play another position, what would it be: Safety

Who has had the greatest influence on my football career and why: My father.He has coached me my whole life. Even now he tells me what I can do better on and he is always motivating me to be the best I can.

What do I want to be doing 20 years from now: I would really enjoy coaching football. Hopefully in that time I will have a couple of boys of my own that I can coach.

How did I select my jersey number: I wear it because it was my brother’s number.

What is my favorite hobby or activity away from football: I enjoy shooting guns with my wife.

What is the best book I’ve ever read: The Book of Mormon

People say I look like: My brother

My favorite professor or most interesting class I’ve taken at BYU: Tom Golightly

If I had to give up all of my possessions except one, what would be the one thing I kept and why: My phone so I could call my wife so she could come and help me out of whatever trouble I am in.

My favorite scripture: Ether 12:6

My most memorable athletic achievement or moment: I had the game-winning hit in the State Championship game in the bottom of the ninth inning.

My favorite website: espn.com

My advice to youngsters: Whatever you choose to do make sure you give it all you have.

If I were on “Who Wants to be a Millionaire,”the person I’d call for my lifeline is: My brother Adam, because he knows a lot of different things.

If I were hosting you on a recruiting visit to Provo, the most impressive thing I’d have to show you is: a game at the stadium.

My least favorite trip is and why: Anytime we lose on the road.

One rule I’d change in college football is: I can’t think of a specific rule, but with the way things are going it seems like big hits will be penalized soon. I really do not want to see that happen.

If I could invite any three people to dinner, who would they be: My mom, dad, and wife.

On game day my friends and relatives: Come to my house and we all hang out.

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