|Position:||Defensive Back/Wide Receiver|
|High School:||Suncoast HS|
CAREER: Perhaps the team's most explosive all-purpose player... won the starting job in 2003 as one of Miami's kickoff return men and earned valuable playing time at wide receiver during his freshman season...one of the Hurricanes' fastest players, he showed off his speed and skills with a 97-yard kickoff return for a touchdown against Florida to open the game...captured the 2004 Big EAST Indoor long jump title as a member of the track and field team...undeclared major.
2004 (SOPHOMORE): Had breakout season and turned into one of the most dangerous players in college football...Named to the Walter Camp All-America team as the nation's best kick returner, selected as the kickoff returner on The Sporting News All-America team, and selected first-team All-ACC as a kick returner...Even though opposing teams consistently kicked away from him the second half of the season, ranked fifth nationally with 17.6-yard average on punt returns and ninth in the NCAA with 26.6-yard average on kickoff returns...Scored four touchdowns on returns (three punts, one kickoff), the second most in the country...His four punt returns for a touchdown tied Santana Moss' single-season UM record...Ranked second in the ACC in both punt returns and kickoff returns...Played in 12 games, with one start at fullback, one at tailback, two at nickelback and one at cornerback...On defense, led the team with four interceptions, adding 12 tackles, one QB pressure and two pass breakups...In the season opener vs. FSU, played on special teams, making 1 solo tackle and returning 1 kickoff for 21 yards. Blocked Xavier Beitia's 44-yard field goal with 3:58 remaining to give UM a chance to win in overtime...In Game 2 vs. Louisiana Tech, returned 2 punts for touchdowns, 51 and 92 yards (the latter tying Roscoe Parrish's school record). Marked the first time a UM player had 2 punt returns for a touchdown in a game, and his 143 total yards ranked second in a game. Added 1 tackle on special teams. Named ACC Special Teams Player of the Week...Returned 2 punts for 47 yards (34 long) and 1 kickoff for 13 yards at Houston. Made 1 tackle on special teams...Returned 2 punts for 12 yards and 1 kickoff for 27 yards at Georgia Tech. Also played as the dime back on defense for the first time, making 2 tackles and getting the first interception of his career...Had a sensational night on national television against Louisville, returning 3 punts for 89 yards and a touchdown and 4 kickoffs for 95 yards. His 78-yard punt return in the fourth quarter gave UM a 34-31 lead. On defense, made 1 tackle and 1 QB pressure as the nickelback. Named ACC Special Teams Player of the Week for the second time...Broke into the lineup on offense for the first time all season at NC State, starting at fullback, but did not touch the ball. On special teams, scored his fourth touchdown on a kick return, taking the opening kickoff back 100 yards for a score. Moved into a tie for first place on UM's all-time list with two kickoff return touchdowns (with Ottis Anderson and Tim Morgan). For the game, had 2 kickoffs for 129 yards and 2 punts returns for minus-3 yards. Added 1 tackle. Named ACC Special Teams Player of the Week again...Saw considerable action on offense at North Carolina, rushing 3 times for 18 yards, with an 11-yard TD run in the fourth quarter to tie the game 28-28. Also caught 1 pass for 25 yards. Did not return any kicks, as the Tar Heels kicked away from him all game. Added a season-high 3 tackle...Remained a three-way threat vs. Clemson, starting at both tailback and nickelback. On offense, rushed 2 times for 12 yards. On defense, made his second interception of the season and 1 pass breakup...Started at right cornerback at Virginia in place of an injured Antrel Rolle and made 2 tackles, 1 tackle for loss and got his third interception of the season. Saw limited action on offense, but returned 1 punt for 13 yards and 1 kickoff for 7 yards...Started at nickelback vs. Wake Forest and made 2 tackles and 1 pass breakup, but did not play on offense. Returned 2 punts for 7 yards...Played as the nickelback all game vs. Virginia Tech, recording 2 tackles. On special teams, returned 2 punts for 1 yards and 3 kickoffs for 78 yards...In the Peach Bowl vs. Florida, started at DB in a nickel defense, making 1 assisted tackle, 1 interception (28 yards) and 1 pass breakup. Also returned 1 punt for 9 yards and 1 kickoff for 16 yards. Returned a blocked field goal 78 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter.
2003 (FRESHMAN): Ranked sixth nationally in kickoff return average at 28.7 yards per return...made four catches for 116 yards (29.0 avg.)...led the team in kickoff return yards with 18 returns for 517 yards and one touchdown...kicked off his Miami career with a bang returning two kickoffs for 73 yards, including a long of 54 yards, at Louisiana Tech...caught two Derrick Crudup passes for 68 yards, including a 58-yard connection against Louisiana Tech...returned the opening kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown against Florida, the fifth-longest kickoff return in Miami history...injured his ankle on a 28-yard kickoff return later in the Florida game, causing him to miss the next three games...returned to action against Florida State, returning two kicks for 37 yards...made two catches for 48 yards in Miami's blowout win over Temple...had a 32-yard kickoff return against Virginia Tech...returned a kickoff 39 yards against Tennessee...returned three kickoffs for 63 yards in the FedEx Orange Bowl Classic against Florida State.
HIGH SCHOOL: Suncoast...orginally signed with Miami in 2002...widely regarded as one of the nation's finest two-way play-ers... considered by most observers to be one of the best all-around prospects in the nation, regardless of position...one of the most versatile recruits in the nation, he played extensively at running back, receiver, defensive back and as a return man...a Parade All-American... a USA Today First-Team All-American...rated the no. 1 prospect in Florida, regardless of position, by SuperPrep...rated the no. 6 prospect in the nation, regardless of position, by SuperPrep...a member of SuperPrep's National Elite 50...A SuperPrep All-American...ranked the no. 2 defensive back in the nation by SuperPrep...member of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Super Southern 100...rated the nation's no. 1 cornerback on Max Emfinger's National Top 125...no. 28 prospect in the nation, regardless of position, on the Dallas Morning News National Top 100... rated the no. 1 defensive back and no. 3 overall player in Florida by TheInsiders.com...rated the no. 1 defensive back and no. 3 overall player in Florida by Student Sports...ranked the no. 1 defensive back and no. 1 overall player in Florida by Florida Kids...rated the no. 8 prospect in the nation by the Miami Herald...rated the no. 2 prospect in Florida by the Miami Herald...a Gridiron Greats Preseason Top 100 selection...earned First-Team Class 3A All-State honors as a senior...a member of Sunshine Network's All-Gridiron Team...rushed for 1,014 yards and 12 touch-downs on 94 carries (17 touchdowns) while compiling 1,028 yards receiving on 38 catches for 9 touchdowns, in addition to throwing for 5 touchdowns and 225 yards as a senior...made 156 tackles (75 solos), had 3 quarterback sacks, caused 3 fumbles and recov-ered a fumble as a senior on defense... timed at 4.33 in the 40-yard dash...possesses a 38-inch vertical leap...was named the MVP of the CaliFlorida All-Star game in which he returned a kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown and had an interception and three tackles on defense...also a track and field standout who earned prep All-America honors and ranked second nationally in the long jump dur-ing his junior year...chose Miami over Florida State, Purdue, North Carolina State and Georgia...coached in football by Jimmy Bell.
HESTER'S CAREER STATISTICS
|2003||Did not play on defense|
|PUNT RETURNS||KICKOFF RETURNS|