Get to Know Your New Starting Quarterback, Sophomore #10, Terrell Hunt

Yes, we've already seen a snapshot of what he can do after dismantling the defence of Wagner, but there's more to know about Terrell Hunt, a personal side.


First things first, Terrell is a 3* recruit from the 2011 Recruiting Class out of Middle Village, New York. He impressed scouts in High School with his deep accuracy and his ability to make plays with his legs, thus making him a coveted Dual Threat Quarterback. Hunt was recruited by Boston College, Rutgers and UConn before picking Cuse. [Rivals Page]

Now as a Dual Threat QB, you expect to experience more than a couple hard hits game in and game out. However nothing could help prepare Hunt for the news his mother, who raised him on her own, received one day when he was only 16.

The following is an article by ESPN on the Hunt family from December, 2009.

Hunt stays strong for his mother


Christ the King (Middle Village, N.Y.) junior Terrel Hunt is a 6-foot-1 dual-threat quarterback with an arm that can zip an accurate pass more than 60 yards down the field and feet that can make even the most gifted linebacker miss.

He's crafty, strong and, on the field, undaunted by his own mortal limits.

"Nothing else matters when I'm on the field," said Terrel, who threw for more than 1,200 yards, ran for more than 1,000 yards and scored 20 touchdowns this past season. "I just feel unstoppable."

And yet, over the last eight months, he's never felt more helpless.

Terrel, 16, vividly remembers the April day he'd love to forget. The day when his mother, Katrina, cooked Terrel's favorite, lasagna, before they watched some of his game tape.

Katrina, 48, heard herself on the tape screaming, "Baby Boy," every time her son had the ball.

"All I could think to myself was that I may not be around to scream 'Baby Boy' anymore," she said.

Afterward, Katrina announced that she had been diagnosed with ovarian cancer.

"I was shocked," said Terrel, who's also a guard on the Christ the King basketball team. "I& I don't even know how to explain it. I was just shocked."

Katrina's symptoms were common enough -- a sour stomach and an aching back -- but instead of leaving they lingered and the pain became more intense. A CT scan later revealed that Katrina indeed had the fifth-leading cause of cancer death among women in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


"It's the toughest thing our family has ever had to deal with," Terrel said. "I don't go with her to get the treatment. I can't -- I can't see that. That's too much for me. She's going to be starting a more intense form of chemo now, and they said she'll lose her hair. It doesn't matter, though, my mom's beautiful."

Obviously, the situation is depressing, distressful and even dejecting. Still, Terrel is quite the enigma, coping with his mother's sickness while maintaining his outgoing, bubbly personality.

"You would never know what he's going through," Christ the King football coach Chris Higgins said. "He's very mature and he's always smiling. He's just a normal kid."

Added Katrina: "That's one of the main things I'm happy about. I didn't want his life to change too much. I want him to go out and have fun like he always did. I wanted to continue some degree of normalcy for him."

The daily routine in the Hunt household is almost scripted it's so predictable.

Katrina bangs on Terrel's door at around 5:50 a.m. every morning and yells for him to get up, only for him to tell and retell her that he's "been up for half an hour."

"Sometimes it's not true," he admits.

Hunt kisses his mother, heads off to school and, like clockwork, at around 11 a.m. Katrina shoots him a text apologizing for yelling. Before practice Terrel calls to check on Katrina, then calls again to let her know he's on his way home.

"It's kinda funny," Terrel said. "It's just us two and not much has changed since before the sickness. We never argue."

Well, almost never.

They go back and forth when Terrel wants to come home and be with Katrina and she feels like he should be out celebrating a win with his team or "just being a kid."

"I don't really like to be away from her," Terrel said. "I'll have to tell her about three times that I really want to just come home and she'll say, 'OK.' I love it. We've always been close anyway and we're just getting closer and closer. I have my moments, but I'm getting better. I know my mom is going to be OK."

Recently, Katrina got an offer to be evaluated and treated by a cancer specialist for two weeks in Richmond, Va.

"All expensed paid," she said. "Things like this let me know that God is in control. So, really, I'm excited."

And with Syracuse already offering Hunt a scholarship and other schools showing interest, Katrina has a lot more football games in her future.

"We're just praying and believing," she said. "My plan is to fight and fight and fight."

"And I'll be right there fighting and praying with her because I need her," Terrel adds. "I need to hear 'Baby Boy' in the stands."

Hopefully, Ms. Hunt will be in the stands to cheer for her 'Baby Boy' as he starts his first game tomorrow against Tulane.

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