Hunter was a second-team Academic All-Big 12 pick a year ago, after finishing on the President's Honor Roll for a 4.0 grade point average in 2008 and 2009. He's also a two-time recipient of the Oklahoma State Academic Achievement Award and a member of the Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll.
Outside of school, Hunter has helped with the Harvest II Food Drive, made visits to see pediatric cancer patients in Oklahoma City and Tulsa and spoken on leadership and hard work at high schools in Oklahoma and Texas.
The list of candidates will be cut to 10 midway through the season, with those names placed on the official ballot. Lowe's will announce the award winner at the end of the regular season.
Talk of defensive dominance followed Saturday's major scrimmage.
Not all that surprisingly.
The Cowboys were without Hunter (out of town attending a funeral), who changes everything as both a player and a threat. The line was without Lane Taylor, the only returning starter up front, who continues to sit out while healing from a left ankle injury.
And, most of all, the defense is essentially cheating at this point.
"If we ran 50 plays," Weeden said, "I bet (linebacker Justin) Gent screamed out 25 of them. He was like, 'Watch this, watch this...' And he hit it right on the nose.
"It's going to be harder for other teams."
Weeden did credit the Cowboys' defense for "flying around," and it's been an impressive group so far.
"They look good," he said. "Hats off to them."