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Vols lose leading receiver for the year

Justin Hunter, Andrew Badger

Let’s take a break from the conference realignment muck for a moment, shall we?

Time to talk about, well, more bad news. At least if you’re a Vols fan.

As some of you may recall, Tennessee’s leading receiver Justin Hunter went down with an awkward-looking knee injury in Saturday’s game against Florida. The initial diagnosis wasn’t known, but word began circulating that it was an ACL injury of some kind.

Turns out those rumors are true, and it’s not good for Hunter and Vols. The university released a statement today confirming that Hunter has suffered an ACL tear in his left knee and will miss the remainder of the season.

Prior to the injury, Hunter had 314 yards on 17 catches and a pair of touchdowns.

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9 Responses to “Vols lose leading receiver for the year”
  1. southernpatriots says: Sep 18, 2011 9:55 PM

    We saw the injury happen to Justin and winced, pretty much knowing that it was a serious injury. We did not know how the leg/knee could be bent at such an angle without needing repair. We wish Justin a good surgery and therapy. May he come out of surgery completely restored. May he come out of therapy stronger and healthier than he was before.

  2. travisfkingstephens says: Sep 18, 2011 11:06 PM

    I gigantic loss for the vols. Guy was a game changer. Hopefully he can come back strong next year.

  3. paulbrownsrevenge says: Sep 19, 2011 12:13 AM

    I feel sorry for the kid, and Coach Dooley.

  4. pb420 says: Sep 19, 2011 12:18 PM

    Truly a shame, as this guy has true potential to be a dynamic receiver. Wish him a full and speedy recovery. Not really sure of the rules, but is it too late in the season for him to be granted a medical redshirt?

  5. southernpatriots says: Sep 19, 2011 12:44 PM

    pb420: excellent question! Let’s ask the good fellas that would know or would be able to find out….

    JT AND/OR BEN: Can Justin Hunter receive a medical redshirt and thereby save this year of elligibility?

  6. Ben Kercheval says: Sep 19, 2011 12:59 PM

    southpats, pb…

    I read that Hunter does not have a medical redshirt available.

  7. southernpatriots says: Sep 19, 2011 2:15 PM

    Ben: Thank you kindly. That is such a shame for he and for the university!

    pb420: Once again a great question…sorry for the situation all around.

  8. pb420 says: Sep 19, 2011 3:22 PM

    Southernpatriots and Ben, thanks for the answers, as that was what I was afraid of. Being a UF alum, totally respect the threat that Hunter posed, even if he was in for a short time unfortunately. I also have tremendous admiration for Coach Dooley, and wish he and the Volunteers good luck moving forward, and I cant wait for the UF-UT rivalry to strengthen even more! For that matter, wishing everyone in the CFB world and their teams little to no injuries throughout the rest of the season!

  9. southernpatriots says: Sep 19, 2011 4:41 PM

    pb420: You are welcome. We suspected that may have been the case or something similar because we had not heard that he would be redshirted.

    Good wishes for the players for the remainder of the season. Apart from serious divine intervention we feel that may not happen, because SEC games are battles. With the speed and strength of players nowadays, injuries seem to happen more often. Sports medicine has made great advances and is most essential in SEC football.

    With the SEC in-conference schedules beginning in earnest for all teams, the intensity of play (hopefully clean play) will increase as we press toward a new SEC champion and BCS National Champion.

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