Syracuse will have a new starting quarterback for the foreseeable future as it was announced that Terrel Hunt will be out with a fractured fibula suffered towards the end of the loss to Louisville last week. During the game, Hunt hobbled off the Carrier Dome turf with significant help from training staff with looked to be a foot injury. That injury turned out to be serious.
CuseNation.com sources indicated this was the case, and subscribers were alerted to both pieces of news hours before the information was announced by Syracuse Athletics.
The news comes after significant questions surrounding the offense due to the performances over the last three weeks. The loss of their starting quarterback, and arguably best offensive player, will create even more question marks heading into a matchup with defending national champion Florida State. Further complicating the issue is Tim Lester taking over as offensive coordinator for George McDonald.
"Tim will take charge of the play calling and the development of our young quarterbacks as we move forward without Terrel Hunt as he works to rehab his injury," head coach Scott Shafer said in a statement. "Terrel sustained a fracture to his fibula on in the game against Louisville. He is expected to be out of activity for 4-6 weeks."
Many will expect Austin Wilson to get the call, as he filled in for Hunt in the second half against Villanova and at the end of last Friday night's contest. However, don't be surprised if true freshman A.J. Long is given heavy consideration as the guy for the job. He was on the verge of taking a strangle hold on the backup spot during training camp until an injury set him back.