Spring Practice Brief: Hunter Returns To Field

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CLEMSON - Wearing his familiar No. 17, Stanley Hunter stepped onto the football practice field for the first time this spring on Wednesday afternoon.

After missing the first five practices due to a medical condition, Hunter was cleared to work out on Tuesday. So Wednesday there he was at linebacker, manning the position which made him a nationally sought-after recruit at Byrnes High School.

And apparently his time away didn't rob Hunter of his quickness. His play during the practice caught the eye of a couple of seasoned veterans.

"I walked into practice with (Clemson Ring of Honor Inductee) Jeff Davis and we saw this No. 17 get through the line incredibly quick and make a play in the backfield," said Clemson SID Tim Bourret. "We looked at each other and said 'Who is 17?'"

Hunter hopes to be turning plenty of heads by the time his Clemson career is done, but Wednesday was just the first step in his return to the game.

The Tigers will practice again on Friday, then scrimmage Saturday morning at Death Valley.


Former Clemson network color commentator Scott Shannon passed away Tuesday night.

Shannon, who had been suffering from the effects of a stroke he had 12 years ago, worked with Jim Phillips from 1972-78, and again in 1981. He also worked for three years (1989-91) on the Furman network.

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