The ever-growing list of players that are out for the rest of the spring got a little bit bigger today with the news that senior safety Tyler Hunter was out six weeks with a torn meniscus. He joins Chris Casher (Shoulder), Derrick Mitchell (Back), Ryan Hoefeld (Knee), Delvin Purifoy (Ankle), Josh Sweat (Knee), Reggie Northrup (Knee), Freddie Stevenson (Knee), Colin Blake (Shoulder), and Mathew Thomas (Shoulder) on the list of players sidelined so far.
In addition to the players out for the Spring, Chad Mavety (Concussion), Derrick Kelly (Concussion), Ethan Frith (Ankle), Terrance Smith (Toe), Kermit Whitfield (Hamstring), Mavin Saunders (Hamstring), and Calvin Brewton (Hamstring) have also missed an extended amount of time.
Florida State is currently down to two healthy scholarship linebackers with Tyrell Lyons and Ro’Derrick Hoskins. This has prevented Florida State from running an actual second team at this point with walk-ons having to play major roles in the defense.
At practice Saturday morning the Florida State offense was without all the scholarship tight ends. This forced head coach Jimbo Fisher to use two back and five wide sets during the walk through portion of the practice.
Coach Fisher said that despite all the injuries they’re still able to accomplish a lot at practice.
“Next guy up,” Fisher said. “That’s why we recruit. We had a really good practice today, moved the ball, I feel good with the group we had out there.
The one positive that Florida State is willing to take from all the injuries is that it is giving the younger players time to step in. Redshirt freshmen Brock Ruble and Alec Eberle are working with the first team offensive line. Derwin James has been working with the defense in the Dime package.
Still this is what spring practice is for and the injuries pile up every year at this time, but the injury bug seems to be hitting the Seminoles a little harder than normal this offseason.