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Hunter out for season

Tennessee sophomore wide receiver Justin Hunter has been diagnosed with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, school officials announced Sunday.

Tennessee sophomore wide receiver Justin Hunter will miss the rest of the season after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during the Vols’ 33-23 loss Saturday at Florida, school officials announced Sunday.

Hunter will undergo surgery to repair the injury and is expected to return in time to participate in spring practice, according to a UT press release.

The 6-foot-4, 200-pound Hunter made 17 receptions for 314 yards and two touchdowns in the Vols’ first three games, recording back-to-back 100-yard games against Montana and Cincinnati, before injuring his knee on Tennessee’s first offensive series against the Gators.

He suffered the injury while attempting to turn upfield after catching a third-down pass from sophomore quarterback Tyler Bray.

After the game, Vols coach Derek Dooley expressed little optimism that Hunter’s injury wouldn’t be serious.

“We’ll find out when he gets his MRI,” Dooley said at the time, “but there’s no indication that it’s OK.”

Dooley and Hunter weren’t made available for comment Sunday.

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