FSU Practice Report: Fisher Announces Hunter Out for the Season, Expected Back in 2014

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher announced Tyler Hunter had surgery to remove a bulging cervical disc and he will be out for the remainder of the season, but the junior safety is expected to make a full recovery by the start of the 2014 season.

The sixth-ranked Seminoles got two off days following their 63-0 shutout victory over Maryland and returned to practice during their bye week on Tuesday to begin preparation for No. 3 Clemson.

Florida State travels to Memorial Stadium and Frank Howard Field in Clemson, S.C. next Saturday, Oct. 19, for an 8 p.m. matchup with the Tigers that will air on ABC.

Noles Welcome Florida Guardian Ad Litem Program to Practice
The Florida State football team welcomed over 60 children from the Florida Guardian ad Litem Program to Tuesday’s practice.

Following practice, players and coaches posed for photos, signed autographs and talked to their guests.

The Florida Guardian ad Litem Program is a network of professional staff and community advocates, partnering to provide a strong voice in court and positive systemic change on behalf of Florida's abused and neglected children.

Jimbo Fisher Post Practice Quotes – Oct. 8, 2013

Opening Statement:
“I liked practice today. We had great enthusiasm. (We) got a lot of things done - got better in some things. (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.”

On junior safety Tyler Hunter’s status:
“He had to have surgery today on a bulging disc in his neck. 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.”

On if there was a chance Hunter might not play again:
“You never know until they go in there (to see specialists). 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.”

On freshman defensive back Jalen Ramsey starting at two positions:
“He is very mature; very intelligent. He can contain and process a lot of information.”

On looking at film of Clemson:
“Yes, we’ve looked at Clemson. We’ve looked at NC State and Miami. We’ve had our GA’s (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.”

On if playing common opponents helps preparing for teams:
“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.”

On the difficulty of playing at Clemson:
“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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