Name: Rex Culpepper
Year: (Redshirt) Sophomore
Hometown: Tampa, Fla.
High School: Plant
2017 stats: Culpepper was a fairly accurate 45-of-75 last year in limited action. Over the course of a handful of games (including the start in the finale versus Boston College), he threw for 518 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions. Culpepper also rushed for 54 yards.
2018 projections: Currently listed as the Syracuse Orange’s third-string QB behind Eric Dungey and Tommy DiVito, you can bet a healthy and motivated Rex will be challenging for the backup spot. Rex was diagnosed with testicular cancer, and underwent chemotherapy back home in Tampa over the offseason. He’s now cancer free.
How’d he get here?: Rex committed to the Shafer staff, and then stuck around with Dino Babers after he took over. He turned down offers from bigger football schools like Ohio State, Clemson, Florida, Ole Miss, and Miami.
What’d recruiting sites say?: Three stars, and was a top-50 pro-style quarterback. Scout even considered him one of the 10 best quarterbacks in Florida.
Twitter feed: No twitter for Rex.
Tweets of wonder: All the feels.
QB Rex Culpepper, currently between rounds of chemo for testicular cancer, comes in for the last drive of the Spring Preview & ends it in style with a touchdown pass!#RexStrong #SCtop10 pic.twitter.com/RPBJ8qNQCo— Syracuse Football (@CuseFootball) April 14, 2018
Money Quote: As you can imagine, Rex has had an impact on plenty of his teammates, including Eric Dungey.
“Whenever we worry about this or that, we look over at Rex and see his positive attitude and it’s inspiring.”
What movie would Dino Babers recommend for him?: I mean, there’s tons of potentials here. One of my personal favorites is Brian’s Song, a classic movie that my mom made me watch every time it ended up on TV.
Interesting nugget o’interest: If you’re new to these parts, Rex’s father Brad is a former professional football player and Survivor Contestant. He’s often sporting a ‘Cuse hat during the show.
Let’s get a good look at ya: A lot of things are bigger than football, so here’s young Rex talking about that.