Cumberland wrestler Zeke Hunt is the 2013-14 recipient of the Lindsey Donnell Award presented annually to a Bulldog student-athlete who excels in both academics and athletics.
The award is given in honor of Lindsey Donnell, a former Bulldog football Little All-American and former professor at Cumberland University.
The Dacula, Ga., native is a two-time NAIA All-American, finishing eighth as a junior at the national championships and sixth this past year. He won the NAIA East Region Qualifier in each of the last two seasons.
Hunt carries a 3.78 grade-point-average and will graduate this month with his bachelor’s in Engineering Science. He is a two-time NAIA-Daktronics Scholar-Athlete and a three-time Mid-South Conference Scholar-Athlete as well as the team’s Champions of Character nominee as a sophomore and junior.
He posted a 25-9 mark with wins over six ranked opponents as a senior and was 37-13 with eight victories against ranked foes as a junior. Hunt ended his career with 97 victories for the Bulldogs and is a two-time first team All-Mid-South Conference selection.
He has been a member of the Dean’s List at CU all four years and is a member of Alpha Lambda Delta and Omicron Delta Kappa honor societies. Hunt is an active member of The Bridge Fellowship in Lebanon and volunteers with the local Cub Scouts, Next Step Community Service and at the Byars Dowdy Elementary School Roar Run 5K.
Donnell set a national collegiate football record in 1936 with 1,500 rushing yards, a single-season record that stood until the 1960s. He graduated from Cumberland in 1936 and returned to teach English from 1960-62. The CU on-campus soccer stadium is named in his honor.