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Syracuse QB Terrel Hunt has right Achilles injury

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Syracuse opened the 2015 season with a big victory over Rhode Island Friday night, but the Orange may have taken a significant loss anyway. Quarterback Terrel Hunt suffered a right Achilles injury, according to Orange head coach Scott Shafer.

“He just cut really hard, and that Achilles just popped on him,” Shafer said, via Syracuse.com. “They said it was an Achilles injury, and it’s not good.”

How long this injury will keep Hunt out of action remains to be seen, depending on the severity of the injury. Achilles injuries can be extremely difficult to recover from in a timely manner, so it would seem this could bring a premature end to the season for the Syracuse quarterback for a second straight season. Eric Dungey took over on offense for the injured Hunt, and will likely continue in that role moving forward this season at Syracuse.

Hunt’s 2014 season was brought to an early end last November when he broke his leg in a game against Louisville.

Syracuse dismisses leading receiver from 2013

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A productive 2013 season led to high hopes within the Syracuse football program when it came to Ashton Broyld. Unfortunately, injuries and, ultimately, the player himself derailed the senior’s career with the Orange.

Tuesday morning, head coach Scott Shafer announced that Broyld has been dismissed from his football team. The only reason given, of course, was violating unspecified team rules.

In 2013, Broyld led the team in both receptions (52) and receiving yards (452). Broyld was the Orange’s leading receiver through the first three games last season before a lower-leg injury caused him to miss eight of the last nine games.

Even as he’s listed as a running back, Broyld finishes his ‘Cuse career with more receptions and receiving yards (74, 679) than carries and rushing yards (38, 173). Oddly enough, his lone career touchdown came on the ground.

Ex-‘Cuse, Arkansas WR Quinta Funderburk to give FCS a shot

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After two failed attempts at Power Five programs, Quinta Funderburk has decided to give it the old college try a third time at a much lower level of football.

On his Instagram account late this past week, Funderburk announced that he will play for Norfolk State in 2015.  As he will be both a graduate transfer and dropping down to an FCS school, the wide receiver will be able to use his final season of eligibility in 2015.

In March of this year, head coach Scott Shafer confirmed that, after talking to the player’s family, Funderburk would not be returning to his Syracuse program for the 2015 season, saying that “[h]opefully he’ll find a good opportunity somewhere.”

In May of 2012, Funderburk announced that he would be transferring from Arkansas to Syracuse.  After sitting out the 2012 season to satisfy NCAA transfer rules, Funderburk caught three passes for 50 yards in 2013. In 2014, he didn’t catch a pass.

As a three-star member of Razorbacks’ 2011 recruiting class, Funderburk was rated as the No. 48 receiver in the country and the No. 9 player at any position in the state of Virginia by Rivals.com.  It was announced in early May after his freshman season, in which he didn’t appear in any games, that the 6-3, 210-pound receiver was granted his release from his UA scholarship so he could be closer to his home in Virginia.

The move to the Spartans actually gets him back in his home state.

Ex-Hogs WR Quinta Funderburk transferring from ‘Cuse, too

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In May of 2012, Quinta Funderburk announced that he would be transferring from Arkansas to Syracuse. Nearly three years later, the wide receiver is on the move yet again.

According to the Syracuse Post-Standard, Funderburk has been granted a release from his SU scholarship and will transfer to an undetermined football program. His high school coach, who said potential playing time triggered the decision, confirmed the development.

He’s got his release from the school,” Chesapeake (Va.) Oscar Smith High School head coach Richard Morgan told the Post-Standard. “He’s got one year left to play. He still wants to play, and I want him to have that moment. He was a good player for us. Hopefully we’re going to be able to find that fit.”

It doesn’t, though, sound as if it was exactly a voluntary departure as Funderburk was not afforded the opportunity to come back in 2015 by head coach Scott Shafer.

“As I talked to his family, they’re looking at different options and different schools,” Shafer said. “Hopefully he’ll find a good opportunity somewhere.”

As Funderburk will be a graduate transfer, the receiver would be eligible to play immediately in 2015 if he ends up at an FBS school. Prior to landing at Syracuse, it was thought that Funderburk might end up at Virginia, so the Cavaliers could certainly be an option this time around as well.

While loaded with potential, Funderburk’s Orange career amounted to next to nothing.

After sitting out the 2012 season to satisfy NCAA transfer rules, Funderburk caught three passes for 50 yards in 2013. In 2014, Funderburk did not catch a pass.

As a three-star member of Razorbacks’ 2011 recruiting class, Funderburk was rated as the No. 48 receiver in the country and the No. 9 player at any position in the state of Virginia by Rivals.com.  It was announced in early May after his freshman season that the 6-2, 210-pound receiver was granted his release from his UA scholarship so he could be closer to his home in Virginia.

Out of the Hunt: ‘Cuse starting QB done for year

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Any hope Syracuse held out that Terrel Hunt would return before the end of the season has officially been dashed.

At his weekly Thursday press conference, Scott Shafer confirmed that the quarterback will not play in either of Syracuse’s remaining two games because of injury. Hunt sustained a fractured fibula in early October in the loss to Louisville, and has missed the last five games.

The Orange, at 3-7 not eligible for a bowl game, will close out their season against Pittsburgh and Boston College.

“Terrel’s down,” Shafer said. “He’s getting better, it’s just that bones heal differently in each kid. He won’t be available for the rest of the season, but he’s doing a nice job with school, he’s adjusted to the situation well and he’s helping us with the young guys. He’s been very attentive to meetings, but he won’t be available.”

Hunt, a redshirt junior who’s expected to enter spring practice both healthy and as the starter, started the first five games of the 2014 season, and was responsible for 62.6 percent (1,290 yards) of the Orange’s 2,062 yards of total offense in those games. His six rushing touchdowns are still five more than any other player on the team.

With Hunt out, AJ Long has taken over the lion’s share of the quarterbacking duties. A shoulder issue kept Long out of Syracuse’s last game, a Nov. 8 loss to Duke, but he’s expected to start Saturday’s game against Pittsburgh.