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October 08, 2013

Tyler Hunter Done For the Year

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Florida State got bad news on Tuesday afternoon when Jimbo Fisher announced junior safety Tyler Hunter would miss the season with a neck injury.

Hunter left the Bethune-Cookman game a few weeks ago with -- what was labeled at the time -- a neck contusion. He then missed the next two weeks as Jimbo Fisher told reporters he was still being evaluated. 

By Tuesday that had changed.

“He had to have surgery today on a bulging disc in his neck," said Fisher after practice. "He will be out for the season and we expect him to make a full recovery and be back next year. He’s capable of redshirting.”

While Hunter will make a full recover, Fisher admitted that FSU took every precaution in evaluating him -- with the biggest feat being he might never play again.

“You never know until they go in there [to see specialists]," Fisher added. "That’s why we send them to the best in the world – we send to the top people that do the NFL stuff. All the time you see tons of them. That’s why we send them to the best.”

Jalen Ramsey will continue to play safety in Hunter's place. Ramsey statrted the first three games of the season at corner and slid to safety after Hunter left the Bethune-Cookman game. 

“He is very mature, very intelligent," said Fisher. "He can contain and process a lot of information.”

So far this season Ramsey has been excellent -- and the secondary is the deepest unit at Florida State -- but the Seminoles are still likely to miss Hunter. While depth is at a premium in the secondary, experience is not. Ramsey and fellow freshman Nate Andrews will both be called on a lot more as the season goes along and Lamarcus Joyner could see a snap or two back at his old position in a pinch now too. 

On the season Hunter had 8 tackles, two passes broken up and an interception.

 

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FSU Practice Notebook: FSU Gets Back to Work

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Florida State got back to work on Tuesday after taking two days off following their 63-0 win over then-no. 25 Maryland. The Seminoles have this weekend off before taking on no. 3 Clemson on the road in two weeks. 

FSU-Clemson is the biggest game on the Florida State schedule this year, on the Clemson schedule this year and on the ACC schedule this year. Predictably, motivation was not an issue.

“I liked practice today. We had great enthusiasm. [We] got a lot of things done - got better in some things," said head coach Jimbo Fisher. "[We] got some execution and got some other things installed that we needed to get installed. I liked the overall attitude and effort in the way we practiced –- very good day.”

The Seminoles got some bad news on Tuesday when Fisher announced that starting free safety Tyler Hunter had a bulging disc surgically removed from his neck earlier in the day and would miss the rest of the season.

I'll have a bigger write-up on that in a few minutes, but Fisher did say the team took every precaution with regard to Hunter's prognosis, that he will make a full recovery and that he is eligible to redshirt.

Jalen Ramsey will continue to play safety in Hunter's place.

“He is very mature, very intelligent," said FIsher. "He can contain and process a lot of information.”

On to Clemson, Fisher's staff has been hard at work breaking down -- not just Clemson, but -- the next three games. 

“Yes, we’ve looked at Clemson. We’ve [also] looked at NC State and Miami," said Fisher. "We’ve had our [Graduate Assistants] look at different things we know are issues and going back and studying all of our opponents and trying to install and do things during the week.”

Speaking of film, Clemson plays Boston College this weekend. Per Fisher, that's of limited use:

“Any time you play common opponents I think it does (help) but it depends on what their style of defense is or offense and what they try to do against you.”

And finally, Fisher waxed philosophical on the Clemson game and the challenge that comes with making the trip to Death Valley:

“Here’s the thing, people always say ‘does the helmet make the player or does the player make the helmet?’ Does the atmosphere make the players or do the players make the stadium? First off, they have good players. Secondly, they’re coached extremely well and then third to have a great environment of 80,000 folks that love football and are very passionate – I think all three of those things make it very tough to win in Death Valley.”

 

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