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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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Wow! Having Joyner and Ramsey at safety, probably best combo ever at FSU. Big hitting, rangy , heady, ball hawking safeties. But looks like they coaches are trying to maximize Joyner's draft stock by playing him at corner since he doesn't have prototypical size. Wonder if that matters so much these days as league is trying to regulate collisions more ?

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