The Syracuse Orange football season has simply not gone the way head coach Scott Shafer had hoped entering the 2014 campaign. He received even worse news Thursday that starting quarterback Terrel Hunt will not be available for the rest of the season due to a fractured fibula suffered against the Louisville Cardinals in early October. Hunt was expected to be out four to six weeks, but the leg has not responded well to the injury and will prevent Hunt from playing the final two games.
“Terrel’s down,” Shafer said Thursday via Syracuse.com. “He’s getting better, it’s just that bones heal differently in each kid. He won’t be available for the rest of the season, but he’s doing a nice job with school, he’s adjusted to the situation well and he’s helping us with the young guys. He’s been very attentive to meetings, but he won’t be available.”
Hunt, a senior, will have his successful career end on a rather sad note as he finishes the season with 938 passing yards, one touchdown and four interceptions. A year ago, he threw for 1,638 yards, ten touchdowns and eight interceptions.
The Orange have been hit by a plethora of injuries to the quarterback position as back up A.J. Long sat out last week’s game against Duke because of a nerve problem that affected his ability to throw. Austin Wilson stepped in to starting role and performed admirably before the team fell to the Blue Devils. This formula spelled doom for the Syracuse season and a 3-7 record will not allow them to qualify for a bowl game. Still, the team will wrap up their season with winnable contests against Pittsburgh and Boston College, but with nothing left to play for it may be tough for Shafer to rally the troops.
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