Mike Hunter Wins Anthony J. Bottoni Award

Senior wide receiver Mike Hunter (Washington, D.C./Gonzaga) has been chosen as the winner of the first Anthony J. Bottoni Award.

The prestigious award, which was presented to Hunter at a ceremony on April 15, is given to Catholic University's outstanding senior football player, as chosen by the coaching staff.

Hunter, a second-team All-American in 1998, was last year selected first-team All-Old Dominion Athletic Conference and third-team All-American. He led the 1999 Cardinals in receiving with 73 catches for 1,014 yards and eight touchdowns. His 7.3 receptions per game average tied for 18th nationally. He ranks second on CUA's all-time receiving yards list (2,726), second in career TD receptions (22) and third in career receptions (186).

Hunter graduated in December with a degree in education and social justice.

The 6-0, 180-pound Hunter helped lead the Cardinals to the 1999 ODAC championship and its third consecutive appearance in the NCAA Division III playoffs. The team finished 9-2 overall and 6-0 in the league. It was the CUA's first year in the ODAC and its first-ever league title.

Anthony J. Bottoni was a two-year starter at right offensive guard for the Cardinals who was killed in automobile collision in Summit, N.J., on Dec. 28, 1999. He would have been a senior in 2000 and has been chosen as a team captain.

Bottoni was a highly decorated performer in football, basketball and track and Watchung Hills Regional High School in his hometown of Warren, N.J. He was an honor roll student and class vice president prior to graduating in 1997.

Bottoni's blocking helped the Cards set a school record for season rushing yardage with 2,044 yards in 1999. The team ranked seventh in the nation in scoring offense (40.1 ppg), seventh in total offense (481.5 ypg) and 24th in passing offense (277.1).