Well, hell. No one could have predicted this, right? After working so hard to come back from a broken leg suffered last season, Terrel Hunt’s 2015 campaign will be an exceptionally short one, as the fifth year senior will miss the rest of the year with a torn Achilles tendon. Hunt’s Achilles ruptured during a run in the first quarter of the 47-0 win over Rhode Island.
Obviously, this is awful on a number of levels. First and foremost, it’s heartbreaking for Hunt, who has now lost out on the better part of two full seasons due to things completely beyond his control. Second, from a team standpoint, naturally the Orange would have loved having their senior captain on the field to see what he could do in Tim Lester’s offense.
Instead, his final line on the season ends like this: 0-for-2, an interception, and two rushing yards.
Now, for the second year in a row, Syracuse will be relying on a true freshman signal caller, this time in Eric Dungey. Dungey looked terrific in his premature debut, completing 10-of-17 passes for 114 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions, though with the way he plays, and his willingness to put his head down and take on contact on runs, Syracuse fans will no doubt be worrying about his health whenever he takes off running.
Still, the real story here is the incredibly unfortunate run of bad luck being suffered by Terrel Hunt with regard to his football career. By all accounts he’s a great kid, and it’s just a complete gut punch to watch him lose yet another year. Syracuse will reportedly seek a medical redshirt to get him a sixth year, which would certainly make things interesting depending on how Dungey performs the rest of the year. It’d be fascinating to watch Hunt, in his sixth year, competing with a suddenly experienced, and tremendously talented young quarterback in Dungey.
Either way, get well quickly, Terrel Hunt. Here’s hoping for a speedy recovery.