Syracuse Orange sophomore quarterback A.J. Long, who started five games last season, will end his playing career as he has been medically disqualified due to multiple concussions. Stephen Bailey of Syracuse.com reported the story.
Last season, long threw for 935 yards, four touchdowns and eight interceptions. Those numbers aren’t pretty, but the team definitely could have used him given how injury-riddled the quarterbacking corps has been in 2015. Terrel Hunt tore his Achilles in the season opener against Rhode Island, and Eric Dungey missed a game after taking a helmet-to-helmet hit against Central Michigan.
Needless to say, Long is just another example of how concussions as a whole need to be taken more seriously in the football world, and Syracuse probably did the right thing in medically disqualifying him. It’s a rough ending to the career of Long, who came to Syracuse as a four-star recruit out of Tennessee’s Friendship Christian School, in the Nashville area.
Syracuse next plays Virginia in Charlottesville on Saturday. Kickoff is slated for 3:30 p.m. ET on ESPN3.
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