Clemson University

Epilepsy forces Tigers' LB to sidelines

Clemson defensive end Ricky Sapp, top, and Clemson linebacker Stanley Hunter, left, sack Georgia Tech quarterback Josh Nesbitt in the second quarter of their game.  Also in on the play is Clemson tight end Phillip Price.
Clemson defensive end Ricky Sapp, top, and Clemson linebacker Stanley Hunter, left, sack Georgia Tech quarterback Josh Nesbitt in the second quarter of their game. Also in on the play is Clemson tight end Phillip Price.

Clemson sophomore linebacker Stanley Hunter has elected to give up football because of recurring seizures associated with epilepsy, school spokesman Tim Bourret said Saturday.

Hunter, who likely would have served as a second-stringer this season, will seek a medical hardship waiver and remain with the team as a student assistant coach.

Hunter enrolled in January 2008 but sat out spring practice because of the seizures, which medication had kept under control during control during his career at Byrnes High School.

He saw spot action as a freshman last season but then was forced to sit out the final two weeks of spring practice this year because of increased seizures.

Despite a change in medication, the seizures increased in frequency, and team doctors advised him to quit football. Clemson coach Dabo Swinney had said earlier this week that he was “very concerned” about Hunter’s chances of playing again.

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