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ACC Quarterback Diagnosed With Cancer

The Carrier Dome during an old Big East clash between Syracuse and Miami.

SYRACUSE, NY - NOVEMBER 30: Arena Stadium view as the Syracuse marching band takes the field during the game between the University of Miami and Syracuse University at the Carrier Dome on November 30, 2002 in Syracuse, New York. Miami won 49 to 7. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)

Syracuse quarterback Rex Culpepper has been diagnosed with testicular cancer. The redshirt freshman announced the news on Friday.

In a post about the news, he said that the cancer has spread to his lymph-nodes. He'll require 10 weeks of chemotherapy to treat the illness.

That won't keep him from returning to school though. Culpepper will go through some of the treatment in Syracuse, as early as next week.

Rex Culpepper revealed the news via Instagram:

The news comes after Culpepper had missed a pair of Syracuse spring practices. Obviously, we now know the "personal matter" that kept him off the field.

Culpepper comes from Tampa, Florida. He is part of a pretty noteworthy football family.

His father Brad Culpepper was an All-American defensive end at Florida in 1991. He went on to a nine-year NFL career.

His grandfather Bruce Culpepper was also a star for the Gators, serving as captain of the team in 1962. Rex Culpepper's parents competed on the reality show Survivor in 2011 and 2013.

His brother Judge Culpepper is a three-star defensive lineman in the class of 2018. He signed with Penn State in December.

Last season, Culpepper appeared in four games for the Orange, making one start. On the year, he completed 45-of-75 passes for 518 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions. He started against Boston College, completing 24-of-34 passes for 280 yards, two scores, and one interception.

Our thoughts go out to Culpepper, his family, and the Syracuse football community as he battles this illness. It looks like he's ready to attack it head-on, and we look forward to seeing him back on the field very soon.