Moskal Returns from Injury

Three star Syracuse linebacker commit Colton Moskal missed the last two games with an ankle injury suffered in week two of his senior season. He returned to action on Friday. He discusses that, thoughts on the Orange season so far, and more inside.

Syracuse commit Colton Moskal worked hard on his game over the summer. As he continued that development early in his senior season, he suffered an injury that set him back a few weeks.

"It happened during week two," Moskal said. "I just kind of got rolled up on by an offensive lineman. It's not a serious ankle injury but the coaches just wanted to hold me out to make sure I'm ready for the bigger games later in the season.

"I thought the season was going pretty well. Our defense has been really good. We've really been strong with two shutouts to start the season. Just an all around good start. I've missed two games but the guys did great with the added responsibility. Guys that haven't played before stepped up and filled that role. We're undefeated."

Moskal was excited to get back on the field on Friday when he was able to rejoin his teammates and lead them to victory.

"It's great," Moskal said. "It's so hard standing on the sideline and watching my team play. Watching them fight so hard to get that W. It's great to get back out there."

Despite being committed to Syracuse, Moskal says that hasn't prevented other programs from showing interest. However, he politely thanks them for their interest while restating his commitment to the Orange.

"There's still been a couple of schools that have reached out," Moskal said. "I tell them thanks for the interest but as of right now I'm committed to Syracuse University. I don't really want to say which schools they are. I keep in touch with the Syracuse coaches and other recruits."

Moskal is eyeing an official visit to Syracuse after the season, when many of the other commits plan on taking theirs.

"I have not set the date yet," Moskal said. "I'm looking at after the season. That's the plan. As of now, that's the only official I'm going to be taking. I can't make the Clemson game (for an unofficial). I wish I could but I can't."

When Syracuse unveiled their new uniforms and helmets last week, Moskal was able to check them out. He was among the many recruits who thought very highly of the new look.

"Yeah the new helmets and stuff," Moskal said. "I saw them. I thought they were sweet. It's sort of like the new era coming in. New team, new conference. I thought it was real cool."

Despite the early season struggles, Moskal has liked what he's seen from the Orange so far in 2013. He thinks Hunt is only touching the tip of his abilities.

"I have," Moskal said. "I watched some of the games on ESPN3 and I went to the Northwestern game when they came to Chicago. It's been good. Hopefully they can keep this win streak going and get a big upset coming up. Hunt's done a real good job coming in. In the Northwestern game, he came in and led that touchdown drive. Then against Wagner he just tore it up. It's been fun to watch."

With a national championship contender coming to the Dome next Saturday, Moskal believes his future team can shock the college football world.

"I definitely think they can pull off the upset," Moskal said. "Just knowing the coaches and what kind of guys they have in there, I definitely feel like they can do it."


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