Justin Hunter Injury: Tennessee WR Tears ACL, Out For The Season

Tennessee wide receiver Justin Hunter went down with a left knee injury early in Saturday's matchup with Florida.

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Justin Hunter Injury: Tennessee Wideout Out For The Year With A Torn ACL

Wide Receiver Justin Hunter of the Tennessee Volunteers will miss the rest of the college football season with a torn ACL suffered during Saturday's loss to the Florida Gators. Hunter went down early in the contest, limping off the field while clutching his left leg. To no one's surprise, an MRI revealed that Hunter will not return in 2011.

Hunter, just a sophomore for the Volunteers, was in the midst of a promising start to the season. Through two games, the deep-threat had 16 catches for 302 yards and two touchdowns, matching his reception total for all of last season. He recorded just one catch for 12 yards against the Gators, however, leaving the Volunteers without another weapon to complement receiver Da'Rick Rogers.

Quarterback Tyler Bray struggled Saturday without Hunter, going 26-for-48 passing for 288 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions.

For more on Hunter and how his absence will impact the Vols with the rest of the conference slate coming up, head over to the SB Nation's Tennessee blogf Rocky Top Talk.

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Justin Hunter Injury: Tennessee Star's Return Questionable After Injuring Knee

Justin Hunter was expected to be a major factor for Tennessee in their annual rivalry game against Florida. Instead, a knee injury may mean Hunter is done for the day after one catch.

Hunter, who limped off the field, favoring his left knee, after a first quarter catch, remains in the locker room at The Swamp, and his return has been termed questionable by Tennessee. CBS' Tracy Wolfson reported that Hunter is still being examined, and that one of Tennessee trainers conveyed Hunter's condition to the Vols' wide receivers coach by merely shaking his head.

Without Hunter, the Vols' vaunted passing attack, which ranks 10th nationally, may be severely limited. Tyler Bray will have to go to Da'Rick Rogers more if Hunter cannot return.


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For more on Florida, head over to Alligator Army; for more on the Vols, check out Rocky Top Talk; for more on the SEC, visit Team Speed Kills. Stay tuned to our college football Week 3 StoryStream for up-to-the-minute updates from around the nation.

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Justin Hunter Injury: Tennessee Loses Star WR Against Florida

The key to Tennessee's success this season is likely to be the passing game, and particularly the connecting between Tyler Bray and his solid wide receiving corps. And one of the key members of that corps is Justin Hunter -- which is why it had to be sickening for Tennessee fans to see Hunter land and immediately crumple on an early play in a crucial game against Florida.

Hunter appeared to hurt his left knee. And he was later seen walking gingerly toward the locker room, though it's obviously not yet clear how badly he's hurt.

Last year, Hunter had 16 catches for 415 yards and seven touchdowns. He was on pace to breeze past those marks this year, having already caught 17 balls this year for 314 yards and two touchdowns so far this season. How soon he returns will decide whether he can pass them anyway.

For more on Hunter and Tennessee, head to Rocky Top Talk. For more on the game from a Florida perspective, check out Alligator Army. And stay here at our college football Saturday stream for scores and news.

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