Syracuse was blown out in Tallahassee against Florida State on Saturday. That was expected by most, and the Orange certainly have things to correct on the field. But the concern going forward is how to stay healthy for the final two games as they look for one more win to become bowl eligible.
Prince-Tyson Gulley had his ankle rolled on early as he was tackled during a stretch run. He hobbled off the field badly, and was unable to return to the game. The good news for Syracuse is they have two young, talented backs in George Morris and DeVante McFarlane that can step in without much, if any, drop off.
The biggest concern, however, is Julian Whigham. He had an injury in the first quarter when trying to defend a slant pass in the end zone. He laid on the Doak Campbell turf for long time, and was carried off the field on a stretcher.
At first, a dislocated elbow was reported. Later, it was changed to a chest injury. The sideline reporter on ABC's broadcast of the game updated his status saying his vitals were stable as he was accompanied by his mom at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital.
Clearly the main concern is for Whigham off the field, as a person. Hopefully his long-term health is fine. The latest news was internal bleeding for Whigham with the possibility of surgery. It sounds like he will be out for some time, possibly the rest of the regular season.
But on the field, it leaves a Syracuse secondary even more thin at cornerback. Keon Lyn has already been lost for the season. The loss of Whigham likely pushes Wayne Morgan into more action going forward, but leaves a fourth corner a big question mark.
Jarrod West left the game with an upper body injury and did not play in the second half. As Syracuse was driving in the second quarter, Hunt led him down the sideline. As he was trying to make the catch, he was drilled by a Seminole safety and was visibly shaken up on the play. He never saw the field again.
As Syracuse looks to win at least one of their final two games in order to become bowl eligible, home matchups with Pittsburgh and Boston College, the health of the team may be a key factor going forward.