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Justin Hunter, Vols Star Wide Receiver Out For Season

Tennessee Volunteers' star wide receiver Justin Hunter is out for the season with a torn ACL in his left knee suffered during the Vols loss to the Gators on Saturday.

Hunter, who is arguably one of the most exciting and explosive players in college football will have to hit the rehab room, but should be expected back for spring workouts next season.

It's a crushing blow for one of the most promising players in the NCAA. ANd a huge blow to the Volunteers hopes for the 2011 season.

Tennessee was hanging tough in the Swamp until Hunter went down. It seemed to take the wind out of the team's sails as the injury could be felt on the sideline. Who knows if the Vols could have pulled the upset if Hunter had not gotten injured, but it was clear they had a much better chance of making it a comnpetitive game with Hunter still in there.

The freakish nature of the injury made this much harder to swallow. Hunter wasn't hit on the play. He caught a pass from up-and-coming Vol quarterback Tyler Bray, turned to pivot and went down immediately, clutching his left knee in visible pain. he was helped off the field, where it was later learned that he wasn't going to return for the rest of the season.

Hunter's size and speedm the two things that make him a difficult receiver to stop, ironically may have contributed to his injury. At 6 foot 4 inches, and 200 pounds, he is a huge, lanky player. It seems like players of his size who play the wide receiver position have a tendency to get injured.

Here's hoping his rehab goes well and he comes back at 100% next season. Until then, the Volunteers are going to have a tough time replacing one of their biggest playmakers, as this injury should also have a negative affect on Bray as well.