Syracuse quarterback Rex Culpepper announced on Instagram on Saturday that he’s been diagnosed with a treatable form of testicular cancer.
The cancer has unfortunately spread to lymph nodes in his abdomen, but Culpepper announced that he was encouraged by the plans to treat the disease and anticipated a full recovery.
“The good news is, my situation is very treatable,” Culpepper wrote. “I will have to undergo an extensive, 10-week chemotherapy cycle both in Tampa and in Syracuse. To those that have reached out, I thank you, your support has been paramount. I am deeply thankful to my family, close friends and teammates as well, because no doubt I’ll be leaning on you through this.”
Culpepper served as the primary backup to starter Eric Dungey in 2017. He appeared in 4 games and completed 45 of 75 passes for 518 yards and 2 touchdowns against 3 interceptions.
Against Boston College on Nov. 25, Culpepper started and played well. He completed 24 of 34 pass attempts for 280 yards and 2 touchdowns against an interception.
If all goes well with his treatment, Culpepper could return in time for fall camp and be in a position to back up Dungey once again. With Dungey in his junior season, Culpepper could potentially be the Syracuse starter of the future, though his health will ultimately come first and foremost.