By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Spring games are normally a way for college football teams to conclude their spring practice schedule. In addition, it’s one last way for their respective coaching staffs to look at their players before the grind behinds for the new season during the summer.
For Syracuse quarterback Rex Culpepper, it was a way to play in the game after being diagnosed with cancer in March. He had testicular cancer removed through surgery and began a 10-week chemotherapy treatment process.
Initially, Orange head coach Dino Babers said that Culpepper would not play in the game on Friday night at the Carrier Dome. However, Babers changed his mind towards the end of the contest, as the signal-caller played on the final drive.
He got a standing ovation from those in attendance. He also led the offense to a touchdown on the drive.
Culpepper will begin his second round of chemo on Monday.
“I went up to [Babers] and he said ‘if you go three and out, that’s it. If you drive them all the way down the field, then good job,” Culpepper said.
Culpepper will be entering his soph. campaign in 2018. He appeared in all 12 games last season, including four appearances at quarterback and one start.
He appeared in eight games on special teams as an up back on the Syracuse kickoff return team.
When he was a quarterback in the games, he went 45 of 75 for 518 passing yards. He also had two touchdowns and three interceptions.
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