Tyler Hunter takes over as Seminoles punt returner

Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE

One of the nation's most productive punt returners has been benched, as Florida State now turns to sophomore Tyler Hunter.

Defensive back Tyler Hunter is taking over punt return duties for the Florida State Seminoles, coach Jimbo Fisher told media on Monday. The sophomore returned kickoffs in high school, but this will be his first stint as a full-time punt returner.

Hunter replaces wide receiver Rashad Greene, who is ninth nationally in yards per punt return (15.8) and has also returned two punts for touchdown. It's not often a returner with such production is relieved of his duties, but concern has built over Greene's ball security issues.

Greene has fumbled two punts on the season, and has also let too many, in coaches estimations, hit the ground dangerously close to his teammates on the punt return team.

On the defensive side of the ball, Hunter has 13 tackles and two pass breakups so far this season. He also grabbed an interception last week against the Miami Hurricanes, showing off his return skills by running for 37 yards after the interception.

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