A second-year pro in 2014, Hunt missed four games with an ankle injury, but returned to play in the last two contests, plus the Wild Card playoff ... Played in 10 games as a rookie in 2013 and also played in Wild Card playoff ... Native of Estonia, in northern Europe, he earned international honors as a track thrower (discus, shot and hammer) before coming to U.S. on an SMU track scholarship ... When SMU track program disbanded, he joined the football team and became an immediate factor, despite lacking any gridiron experience ... Used his superior height and agility to block 17 career place kicks, including an NCAA-record 10 blocked FGs ... Closed college career with 16.5 sacks.
Career transactions: Selected by Cincinnati in second round of 2013 NFL Draft (53rd overall) ... Signed with Bengals on 5-22-13.
2014 highlights: Played in line rotation in 12 games (Games 1-10 and 15-16) and also in Wild Card playoff ... Inactive for Games 11-14, due to ankle injury suffered Nov. 16 at New Orleans ... Had six tackles, including one sack, a pass defensed and a special teams tackle ... Had a pass defensed and a special teams tackle on Sept. 7 at Baltimore ... Had a six-yard sack of Blake Bortles on the final play Nov. 2 vs. Jacksonville ... Had two tackles (one for-loss) on Nov. 6 vs. Cleveland ... Had two tackles, including a shared sack, in Wild Card playoff on 1-4-15 at Indianapolis.
2013: Played in 10 games (Games 5 and 8-16), with four tackles, a shared sack and seven QB pressures ... Was inactive (coaches’ decision) for Games 1-4 and 6-7 ... Made NFL debut in Game 5 on Oct. 6 vs. New England, and was credited by coaches with two QB pressures ... Had one tackle, the first of his career, on Oct. 27 vs. Jets ... Three QB pressures Dec. 8 vs. Indianapolis ... On Dec. 29 vs. Baltimore, had eight-yard shared sack of Joe Flacco and added two QB pressures ... Played in all four preseason games, recording 10 tackles and one sack.
College: Played four seasons (2009-12) at SMU, appearing in 53 games with 27 starts ... In addition to 16.5 sacks, he had 28 tackles-for-loss on rushing plays ... His 17 blocked kicks rank second-most in NCAA history, and his 10 blocks of FG attempts set NCAA mark, surpassing total of eight set by James Ferebee of New Mexico State from 1978-81 ... Key player in SMU’s return to football success, playing on bowl teams in all four of his seasons, with three wins ... Started 12 games at DE as a senior and capped his career with MVP honors in Sheraton Hawaii Bowl ... In 43-10 Hawaii Bowl rout of Fresno State, had two sacks, three tackles-for-loss and two forced fumbles (Mustangs recovered both) ... Led team in sacks (eight) as senior, nearly doubling 8.5 total from first three seasons ... First-team All-Conference USA selection, and played in Senior Bowl ... As freshman in 2009, set NCAA freshman record with seven blocked kicks, falling just one short of NCAA season record for blocks by any player.
Track and field accomplishments: In 2006, at age 18, won Estonia’s first two gold medals in the World Junior Track and Field Championships, with a discus throw of 67.32 meters and a shot put of 20.53 meters ... First athlete in event’s history to win gold medals in both discus and shot ... Qualified four times (2003-06) for World Junior Championships, and in 2005, he won gold medal in European Junior Championships with discus throw of 62.19 meters.
Personal: Hometown is Karksi-Nuia, Estonia ... Business major at SMU ... Has taken piano lessons, and plans to continue ... First name is pronounced “MAR-guss.”
In a week the NFL mourned the loss of Deacon Jones, one of the game's first monstrously athletic pass rushers that offered a window to the next era, the Bengals are watching their crew of 21st-century sleek defensive ends help rookie Margus Hunt adjust to the league in the voluntary field practices (OTAs).
The Bengals have signed defensive end Margus Hunt of Southern Methodist, one of their two second-round selections in the 2013 NFL Draft.
As the Bengals rookies walked off the field after their final practice of minicamp Sunday morning, defensive end Margus Hunt caught defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer's eye and concealed his smile as easily as his 6-8 frame.
In 2006 it appeared that Margus Hunt was on his way to Olympic gold. The then-19-year-old became the first athlete in history to win both the shot put and discus in the same year at the World Junior Championships.
Margus Hunt from Estonia gets the rookie treatment from his Bengals teammates, who compare him to Ivan Drago from "Rocky IV" in this exclusive clip from "Hard Knocks."