ECU QB Kurt Benkert to miss season with torn ACL

East Carolina starting quarterback Kurt Benkert suffered a torn ACL in his right knee during Tuesday evening’s practice, an MRI confirmed. The news was made official on Wednesday morning.

On Wednesday of last week, the sophomore was named the Pirates’ starting quarterback during an announcement made by head coach Ruffin McNeill.

In the same announcement, Coach McNeill indicated that Blake Kemp will serve as the top backup heading into the opener.

Pressure went from Benkert’s shoulders to heavily resting on Kemp’s, a junior transfer who was redshirted a year ago.

Benkert played in three games as a redshirt freshman, coming off the bench for Shane Carden in 2014. He completed 8-of-10 passes for 58 yards and one interception. He also rushed for 23 yards and two touchdowns on five carries.

A tweet posted by, Kurt, earlier this evening read: “You can sit there and ask “why me?” or you can embrace it and say what can I next?”

Benkert will unfortunately have to watch his teammates from the sidelines, while he hopes to make a speedy recovery.

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