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Danielle Hunter
DE #99
Height:
6-5
Weight:
252
Age:
22
College:
LSU
Experience:
3

Quick Stats (2016):

TCKL
56
SCK
12.5
FF
1
INT
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Career Stats
SeasonTeamGamesTacklesInterceptionsFumbles
GGSTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntYdsAvgLngTDsFFFR
TOTAL 89 63 26 18.5 1 1 0 0 -- 0 0 2 1
2016 MIN 16 0 56 34 22 12.5 1 1 -- -- -- -- -- 1 1
2015 MIN 14 1 33 29 4 6.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 1 --

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BIOGRAPHY

• Ranks 2nd among 2nd-year NFL players with 18.5 sacks, the 5th most by a player in his 1st 2 seasons with the Vikings.

• Became the youngest player in franchise history to lead the team in sacks with 12.5 – the most by an NFL DE and tied for 3rd in the league overall – in 2016.

• Ranked 2nd in the NFL among 2015 rookies with 6.0 sacks and earned a spot on PFWA All-Rookie team.

• Born in Jamaica, moved to the United States at age 8.

OFF THE FIELD Name is pronounced Duh-neal…Parents are of Jamaican descent; the family moved to the United States when Danielle was 8 years old…Visited Iceland during the 2017 offseason with teammates DT Linval Joseph and TE Kyle Rudolph as a part of the team’s Viking Heritage trip...Majored in sports administration at LSU...Enjoys flying his Inspire 1 drone...During 2016 NFL Draft, he announced the Vikings 4th-round pick, Willie Beavers from Western Michigan, during a community event at Mall of America...Enjoys motor sports and is a Mopar enthusiast.

HONORS Named to 2015 PFWA All-Rookie team.

• Ranks 2nd among 2nd-year NFL players with 18.5 sacks, the 5th most by a player in his 1st 2 seasons with the Vikings.

• Became the youngest player in franchise history to lead the team in sacks with 12.5 – the most by an NFL DE and tied for 3rd in the league overall – in 2016.

• Ranked 2nd in the NFL among 2015 rookies with 6.0 sacks and earned a spot on PFWA All-Rookie team.

• Born in Jamaica, moved to the United States at age 8.

OFF THE FIELD Name is pronounced Duh-neal…Parents are of Jamaican descent; the family moved to the United States when Danielle was 8 years old…Visited Iceland during the 2017 offseason with teammates DT Linval Joseph and TE Kyle Rudolph as a part of the team’s Viking Heritage trip...Majored in sports administration at LSU...Enjoys flying his Inspire 1 drone...During 2016 NFL Draft, he announced the Vikings 4th-round pick, Willie Beavers from Western Michigan, during a community event at Mall of America...Enjoys motor sports and is a Mopar enthusiast.

HONORS Named to 2015 PFWA All-Rookie team.

PRO Ranks 2nd among 2nd-year players in the NFL with 18.5 sacks since 2015, the 5th-most QB drops by a Viking in his 1st 2 seasons with the team...Became the youngest player in franchise history to lead the team in sacks with 12.5, most among NFL DEs in 2016...Owns 2 2-sack performances: vs. Dallas (12/1/16) and vs. Arizona (11/20/16)...Scored his 1st-career TD on a 24-yard fumble recovery at Tennessee (9/11/16), pairing with LB Eric Kendricks (77-yard INT-TD) to mark the 6th time in team history TDs were scored by INT and fumble returns in a single game...Gained playing time late in his rookie campaign, posting 3.5 sacks in the final 4 regular season games...Selected to Pro Football Writers of America All-Rookie team in 2015...Was the youngest player in the NFL in 2015, born 10/29/94, celebrating his 21st birthday 3 days before notching his 1st career full sack at Chicago (11/1) against Jay Cutler...The 3rd of 3 defensive players drafted by the Vikings with their opening 3 picks in 2015…The most recent LSU player drafted by the Vikings was DT Henry Thomas in the 3rd round (#72) of 1987 draft, the beginning of a standout career…Played 5 seasons of football, 2 as a prep and 3 in college, before being selected in the NFL...Drafted in 3rd round (#88) in 2015.

2016 Combined with Everson Griffen (8.0) and Brian Robison (7.5) – the NFL’s only DE trio with 7-plus sacks each – for the 2nd-most sacks by DEs (28.0)...Led NFL DEs with 12.5 sacks (3rd overall in the league), becoming the youngest player in franchise history to lead the team in sacks...Totaled 64 tackles (34 solo), 12.5 sacks, 14 TFLs, 49 QBHs, 1 FF, 1 FR and 1 PD for the NFL’s 3rd-ranked defense (314.9 ypg)...Tallied 5 tackles (1 solo), 0.5 sacks, 1 TFL and 3 QBHs vs. Chicago (1/1/17)...Registered 6 tackles (5 solo), 2 TFL, 1.5 sacks and 4 QBHs at Green Bay (12/24)...Posted 4 tackles (2 solo) and 2 QBHs vs. Indianapolis (12/18)...Recorded 7 tackles (5 solo), 1.0 sack, 1 TFL and 3 QBHs at Jacksonville (12/11)...Matched his single-game career high with 2.0 sacks, totaling 7 tackles (4 solo), 2 TFL and 4 QBHs, vs. Dallas (12/1)...Paired with S Andrew Sendejo to take down Lions QB Matthew Stafford in the 4th quarter, adding 2 tackles and 5 QBHs, at Detroit (11/24)...Totaled 2 tackles, 2.0 sacks, 2 TFL and 3 QBHs, his 1st career 2-sack performance, vs. Arizona (11/20)...Dropped Cardinals QB Carson Palmer on 4th-and-6 with 44 seconds remaining on the game clock to seal a Minnesota victory...Posted 5 tackles (1 solo), 1 TFL, 1.0 sack, 4 QBHs and 1 special teams stop at Washington (11/13)...Tabbed 1 tackle and 4 QBHs vs. Detroit (11/6)...Recorded 2 tackles (1 solo), including 1 TFL, at Chicago (10/31)...Notched 5 tackles (3 solo) at Philadelphia (10/23)...Recorded 3 tackles (1 solo), 1.0 sack, 1 TFL, 1 PD and a career-high-tying 7 QBHs vs. Houston (10/5)...Tallied 2 solo stops vs. NY Giants (10/3)...Posted 5 tackles (1 solo), 1.0 TFL, 1.0 sack and 4 QBHs at Carolina (9/25)...Dropped QB Cam Newton in the Panthers end zone for the Vikings 1st safety since 12/4/2011 (Jared Allen vs. Denver) and the 1st on the road since 10/5/03 (at Atlanta)...Became the 2nd player in team history (Jared Allen, 2009) to produce a safety (Week 3) and return a fumble for a TD (Week 1) in the same season...Recorded 4 tackles (3 solo), including 1 TFL and 1 sack, 2 QBHs and 1 FF vs. Green Bay (9/18)...Scored his 1st-career TD on a 24-yard fumble recovery at Tennessee (9/11)...Paired with LB Eric Kendricks (77-yard INT TD) to mark the 6th time in team history TDs were scored by INT and fumble returns in a single game...Also recorded 4 tackles (3 solo), 1.0 sack, 1 TFL and 5 QBHs against the Titans.

2015 Continued to develop throughout his rookie season, playing his best in the final month of the season...Earned spot on PFWA All-Rookie team...Was 1-of-7 Vikings rookies to start during the season...Ranked 2nd in the NFL  for sacks by a rookie with 6.0, trailing only Washington LB Preston Smith...Started 1st career game vs. Kansas City (10/18) and notched 1st shared sack of his career, teaming with Sharrif Floyd to sack Alex Smith...Had season-best 6 tackles and 1.5 sacks vs. Chicago (12/20)...Had 3-game streak late in the regular season when he had a sack in each contest - at Arizona (12/10), vs. Chicago (12/20) and vs. NY Giants (12/27)...Played in 1st career playoff game vs. Seattle (1/10/16), notching 4 tackles in Wild Card Playoff game...Was inactive for a pair of games - vs. Detroit (9/20) and vs. San Diego (9/27).

COLLEGE Full-time starter for the Tigers as a sophomore and junior…Played in 38 games with 23 starts, capping his career with 23 consecutive starts…Had 4.5 sacks and 21.0 tackles for loss in his career along with 142 tackles…Started all 13 games as a junior…Scored lone career TD vs. Mississippi State when he picked up a QB Dak Prescott fumble and rumbled 25 yards for the score on the 1st play of the 2nd half…Led LSU with 13 tackles for loss and ranked 10th in the SEC…Keyed Tigers defense that led the SEC with 316.8 yards allowed, 164.2 passing yards allowed and ranked #2 in the conference in points allowed at 17.5 points per game…Notched career-best 12 tackles against Auburn…Helped in upset win over #3 Ole Miss with 9 tackles and 2 tackles for loss in the 10-7 victory…Capped college career with 9 tackles against Notre Dame in Music City Bowl…Started 10 of the 13 games he played as a sophomore…Earned 1st start in 4th game of sophomore season against Auburn and never let go of the job...In 1st career start, had 8 tackles against eventual National Champion runner-up Auburn…Had 4 tackles and a sack in Outback Bowl win over Iowa…Saw action in 12 games as a freshman…Played primarily on special teams as a freshman.

PREP 4-star recruit at Morton Ranch High in Katy, TX…Helped school earn 1st Class 5A state playoff appearance.