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Meniscus injury puts FSU safety Hunter on shelf for spring

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Florida State safety Tyler Hunter will be forced to miss the rest of the spring practice schedule due to a torn meniscus. The rehab from the knee injury should take about six weeks, according to head coach Jimbo Fisher.

Hunter should be fine for the start of the season in the fall, but for now the Seminoles will move junior defensive back Jalen Ramsey back to safety, putting his position switch work on hold for the spring. The Seminoles will also give Trey Marshall, Marquez White and Ryan Green some extra looks as well.

It’s part of football,” Fisher said about Hunter’s injury and the roster shuffle that comes with it. “Next guy up. That’s why we recruit.”

It’s a good thing Florida State has been able to recruit so well in recent years. Hunter’s injury is the latest in a series of injuries to key players this spring. Starting center Ryan Hoefield underwent surgery for a meniscus injury. Just days ago Fisher announced a pair of linebackers — Chris Casher and Matthew Thomas — were lost for the spring because of shoulder injuries.

Back from suspension, LB Thomas will play for FSU vs Irish

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Florida State linebacker Matthew Thomas has been reinstated by Florida State in time for this weekend’s game against Notre Dame. The previously suspended linebacker was cleared by the NCAA, according to Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher during his weekly radio show Wednesday night.

Thomas was suspended from team activity in early September following a violation of team rules, although the details of the violation was unconfirmed. The suspension lasted six games. He was reinstated earlier this week, but it was not until Wednesday Fisher confirmed the plan was to allow him to play for the Seminoles.

Thomas has had a complicated time at Florida State. He once attempted to be released from his scholarship so he could transfer to USC, but he eventually gave up on that effort to play for FSU. Florida State had no intention on releasing him from his scholarship.

Thomas has not been added to the team’s official depth chart that was released this week for the Notre Dame game, but he should be expected to play on special teams at the very least.

FSU reinstates one linebacker, indefinitely suspends another

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The Florida State Seminoles were already the best team in the nation, and the Seminoles will be even better during the second week of the season.

Linebacker Chris Casher will play against the The Citadel this weekend after being ruled academically ineligible during opening weekend against the Oklahoma State Cowboys.

Casher was projected as the team’s starter at strongside linebacker, but the team learned hours before last week’s game he would not be able to play. Sophomore DeMarcus Walker started in Casher’s stead and registered four tackles. The Seminoles need a bigger impact from the position, and Casher’s return should provide it.

Meanwhile, Matthew Thomas‘ career with the Seminoles continues to disappoint.

After committing to the Seminoles last year, Thomas requested a release from his letter of intent in an attempt to play for the USC Trojans. Thomas eventually relented his request and played in five games before suffering a shoulder injury. Thomas also didn’t play in this year’s season opener due to an ankle injury.

Thomas was considered a five-star recruit and the No. 2 linebacker in the country when he committed to Florida State. Thomas will need to get his career back on track if he’s ever going to live up to expectations.

In college football recruiting, mother knows best… right?

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When it comes to college football recruiting stories it often seems as though moms have a major say in the decision. Mother knows best, right?

In a recent addition to a series of recruiting flashback stories on FOXSports.com, Donovan McNabb, who wound up at Syracuse before going on to a lengthy NFL career, shared a story about the time he was asked to help convince Mike Vick to follow in his footsteps at Syracuse. Syracuse had tabbed Vick as their number one recruit and McNabb had done his part in convincing Vick to choose Syracuse for his college football career. McNabb can be charming and convincing, but that was not enough to convince one person; Vick’s mother. Vick’s mom preferred her son to stay close to home in Virginia, and as you no doubt know by now she got her say. Vick attended Virginia Tech for two years and helped bring the Hokies to competing among the best in the country on the football field.

Of course, not every mother has her say when it comes time to submitting that letter of intent.

In 2012, Alabama safety Landon Collins announced his college decision on national television during the Under Armour All-American Game. With April Justin, his mother by his side, Collins announced he would attend Alabama. This did not sit well with his mother, who had her eyes set n Alabama’s division rival.

“I feel that LSU is the better place for him to be,” she said once noticed she lacked any enthusiasm for the decision. “LSU Tigers, No. 1. Go Tigers!”

Fast forward to this year’s Under Armour Game and a similar scene played out. In fact, it even included the same mom. This time another son, Gerald Willis III, announced his decision to go to Florida. Once again, this did not sit well.

“It is what it is, Florida Gators, that’s where we’ll be,” she said. “LSU’s still No. 1.”

One of the more bizarre recruiting stories may have taken place during last year’s national signing day. SEC Freshman of the year and Arkansas running back Alex Collins had his mom swipe his national letter of intent and run off with it, delaying his opportunity to have his joyous moment. His mother reportedly wanted Collins to stay closer to home instead of go to Arkansas and hired a lawyer to fight her case. Fortunately for the Razorbacks, Collins managed to be able to get the situation resolve and he followed through with his desire to be a Razorback. Not to be outdone, there is the case of Matthew Thomas at Florida State, who ended up there in part because his mother would not sign a letter of intent for her son to attend USC.

National Signing Day is this Wednesday. Will any mothers cause a scene or sway the decision in their favor this year?