Syracuse Football QB Terrel Hunt is Still on the Field
His season was too short. After rupturing his Achilles less than fifteen minutes into SU’s season-opening win against Rhode Island, Syracuse football quarterback Terrel Hunt is still focused on the field. He hasn’t stopped working or given up his role as a senior captain.
When Hunt went down, his feelings were all too familiar. Last year, Hunt suffered from a broken fibula half-way through the season. To get back, he spent all of his time focusing on football, including taking a plane to California to work out with quarterback guru George Whitfield Jr.
“I was confused. And I still am. I did everything I could to make sure I was fit and healthy enough to play again. The only question running through my mind was, why me?”
Whether he’s playing or not, Hunt keeps his head in the game. Since his injury, he has continued to attend practices and meetings, looking for any opportunity to help out his team, especially the younger quarterbacks. And on Saturday’s, you’ll be sure to find him on the sidelines proudly cheering on his teammates.
“I know I’ve said this before but I’ll keep learning the game if I have to. I love football too much to give it up so easily,” he said.
“I support my team and I will be the best role model I can be to these younger quarterbacks,” he added.
On game days, Hunt puts on his jersey as if he were taking the field with his teammates, and wants to win just as bad, if not more. He paces the sidelines with his headset on ready to assist his younger quarterbacks.
“During meetings, I have to know the game plan in and out, and that’s how I can contribute to this team,” he said.
“If I see that Eric is rattled, I’ll try to calm him down and tell him to just play ball,” he explained.
Dungey says a major reason he is wearing Orange today is due to Hunt. They spent quality time together during Dungey’s official visit to Syracuse University – and like any fan of the Orange, Hunt’s leadership and poise impressed Dungey.
“I’m really proud of Eric,” he noted. “He’s handling things really well. He’s out there having fun, playing the game, and loving it. I support him and the rest of the guys.”
Hunt remembers his first game. “I was so excited but nervous at the same time. I wanted to play so bad, and there was my chance. I followed Ryan Nassib closely, so I felt ready.”
Former Syracuse quarterback and current New York Giants backup, Ryan Nassib, served as a mentor for Terrel during his freshman year.
Hunt mostly remembers it being tough and scary as a young guy coming off the sideline to lead a team filled with upperclassmen. Hunt says he felt the pressure and he knew that the expectations were high, but a few minutes into the game, he felt right at home.
His advice to the younger quarterbacks on the team is simple.
“I wish someone would have told me not to worry about the expectations and the pressure,” he said.
“Don’t worry about winning. Go out there, have fun playing and enjoy being a student of the game. It’s not winning that I miss – I just miss playing,“ he explained.
To many of the younger players on the team, Hunt has quickly become the go-to guy for anything and everything. Whether it’s a pep talk, a hard-knock on the helmet, or a quick laugh before the game, Hunt’s role as captain has allowed him to remain an integral part of the team.
In hopes of gaining a 6th year of eligibility, Terrel Hunt reminds the team to always “cherish every snap.”
“Things may not seem like they are going your way, but continue to put in work. Whenever you get on that field, treat it like it’s your last,” he added.