Hunter Suffers Broken Foot


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Clemson senior Thomas Hunter, an honorable mention
All-ACC tight end, suffered a broken foot in practice on Sunday and
will not play in the Music City Bowl.

Hunter will graduate from Clemson on December 21 and thus his career as a Clemson player has
ended.

This is the third broken foot suffered by a Clemson player
this year. Earlier Michael Hamlin and Chansi Stuckey suffered the
exact same injury. Hamlin suffered the injury at Boston College and
Stuckey suffered the injury during and October practice at Clemson.

"This is very disappointing because Thomas was a big part of
our offense," said Clemson Head Coach Tommy Bowden. "He has had a
very productive year and a very productive career. He has been an
outstanding representative of our football program."

Hunter will graduate with a degree in biological sciences.
He plans to take some postgraduate courses at Clemson in the second
semester, then pursue a career in hospital administration.

"This is difficult to accept," said Hunter. "It is a tough
way to end your career, but I have no regrets. When I came here all
I wanted to do is run down the hill. I got to play in over 40 games
and be a part of some very big games here. This probably won't sink
in until we get to Nashville and I am watching from the sidelines."

Bowden said Akeem Robinson, Michael Palmer, Durell Barry and
Alex Pearson would see increased playing time as a result of Hunter's
injury.

Hunter had 16 catches for 305 yards this season for a team
best 19.1 yards per reception. His 305 receiving yards were the most
by a Clemson tight end since Bennie Cunningham had 312 in 1975. He
had a career high three receptions for 35 yards in his final game
against South Carolina. He had a career high 79 receiving yards
against Maryland on two receptions, including a 71-yard reception in
the fourth quarter that was the longest reception in Clemson history
by a tight end.

Hunter played in 44 games over the last four years, 17 as a
starter. He started all 11 games this year and averaged 40 snaps per
game. He ended his career with 29 receptions for 425 yards.

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