TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- No. 8 Florida State lost a key member of its defense Tuesday when coach Jimbo Fisher announced junior starting safety Tyler Hunter was out for the season after missing the previous two games with a neck injury.
Hunter, who tied for the team lead in interceptions as a sophomore and already had one pick this season for the Seminoles (5-0), had surgery to remove a bulging cervical disk, according to Fisher. Hunter could receive a redshirt year.
"We expect him to make a full recovery and be back next year," Fisher said.
Hunter started each of Florida State's first three games and recorded eight tackles, three pass breakups and two passes defensed. He left injured during the first half of Florida State's win against Bethune-Cookman on Sept. 21 and did not return.
The Seminoles, who are coming off a 63-0 win against No. 25 Maryland last Saturday, are off this week before traveling to Death Valley to take on No. 3 Clemson on Oct. 19 in one of the biggest games of the college football season thus far.