Name: Tyler Hunter
Weight: 190 lbs
Position: Defensive Back
Twitter Handle: @THunterOne
2012 Season Stats: 21 total tackles, three interceptions and one punt return for a touchdown.
Prognostication: Tyler Hunter played in every game last season. He also happened to start in three of those. The good news for Nole Nation fans is the fact that Hunter is a very versatile defensive back. He can play safety, some corner and projects to be either a full-time nickelback (not affiliated with ‘that’ band) or starting strong safety. Hunter also possesses the ability to return punts. All of which makes him an important part of the 2013-14 Florida State Seminoles defense and special teams — regardless of where he ends up playing the majority of the time.
Strengths: His playing time has increased each season he has been with the program. That shows that he has the ability to improve over time and is likely a coachable player. Hunter is also strong and fast. Those attributes will give him an edge while fighting for the strong safety gig. His athleticism also gives him loads of other opportunities than just knocking heads — Hunter’s ability to return punts, play corner and be ball-hoggery (three INTs tied for team-high in 2012) make him a dynamic all-around weapon.
Weaknesses: He happens to be coming off a surgery. It really isn’t a huge deal, although, he has missed some practice time. His biggest ‘weakness’ happens to not really be a weakness at all, but if he can transition into becoming a full-time starter. Even though Hunter played in every game last season, he only started in three. Time will tell if his body and physical style of play can last throughout an entire college football season.
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