Add injury to insult for Syracuse’s defense.
As if getting blown out 62-28 by Louisville last week and giving up a school record for yards allowed was bad enough, the Orange announced on Friday that starting safety Antwan Cordy and cornerback Juwan Dowels will miss the rest of the season.
Cordy recorded four tackles and recovered a fumble against the Cardinals but left in the fourth quarter after suffering an arm injury. He is scheduled to undergo surgery in the coming days according to a release.
Dowels started against Louisville and made a tackle but injured his knee early on and did not return to the game. He is set to undergo surgery in the next few weeks.
The news means that in addition to losing two starters, Syracuse will be without two of their most experienced defensive backs for the rest of the year. Cordy was second on the team in tackles and interceptions last season and the junior was expected to be one of the leaders on a rebuilding defense. Dowels was being counted on for his speed at corner and the sophomore was able to earn the starting nod after a solid opener.
To make matters worse, the team is already missing senior corner Wayne Morgan due to injury.
The loss of so many key members of the secondary so early in the season is not great news for head coach Dino Babers as he tries to rebuild the Orange into a competitive team. The Syracuse offense appears to be coming along but the fact that the team is struggling so much defensively and is losing key starters is not a good development with AAC contender USF coming to town on Saturday. Both Clemson and Florida State are still left on the ACC schedule as well.
In other words, things could be going better at the Carrier Dome to start the season.