When Rashad Greene was named starting punt returner heading into the 2012 season, many people wondered if he would be able to fill the void left behind from Greg Reid's departure.
Greene then proceeded to field his first punt of the season against Murray State and take it 47-yards for a touchdown, putting many of those questions to rest for the time being. Two games later, Greene again showed that elusiveness when he returned a Boston College punt 60-yards for his second punt return touchdown in just three games.
He continued that success through Florida State's first eight games averaging 15.84 yards per return, which currently ranks fourth in the ACC, and ninth nationally. In addition, his pair of touchdowns ranks second nationally with just one player having three punt return touchdowns.
But with all the good comes a little bad – Greene has fumbled the ball three times in three different games during that stretch, with the most recent one coming in a pivotal situation in Saturday's game against Miami.
Fortunately for the Seminoles,' Christian Green was nearby to slap the ball out of bounds before a Miami defender could jump on it.
That seemed to be the last straw for coach Jimbo Fisher, who on Monday said in his weekly press conference that the problem needed to be fixed by any means necessary.
"The punt return stuff we have to get fixed, we've had the ball hit the ground too many times," Fisher said. "On a punt, the ball cannot hit the ground unless it's a bad kick. You cannot do that, you have to take care of the ball."
When asked how to fix the problem Fisher had this to say; "See if he can catch it, and if not, then you have to switch it up and put somebody else in there. He's also a big part of the offense so maybe we can take a load off of him that way."
That's exactly what Fisher did, and he wasted no time doing so. When I sat down with Tyler Hunter yesterday, he informed me that he's listed as the starter this week and is eager to get the ball in his hands.
"I'm starting at punt-returner as of right now," Hunter said. "It excites me a lot knowing that I have the chance to make something happen with the ball in my hands."
The depth chart now has Rashad Greene listed as No. 2 and freshman Ronald Darby listed as the third option.
But at the end of the day, Hunter doesn't have to do anything electrifying to secure that spot; the biggest thing is to catch the ball and make smart decisions.
With that said, though, Hunter does possess that big-play capability, somethings he showed a little glimpse of on Saturday.
After making his first career interception on Saturday, Hunter took it all the way down inside Miami territory, which would have given the ‘Noles great field position had a holding call not negated the return.
Regardless, though, it gave fans something to look forward to and Hunter was more than excited to get the opportunity.
"I was like a kid in a candy store," Hunter said. "Once I caught it I just wanted to make something happen."