The dual-threat quarterback who helped bring electrifying play back to Syracuse Orange football finished out his college career on a high note. After starting the regular season finale against Wake Forest and guiding SU to a second-straight bowl game, Garrett Shrader will not play in Boca Raton.
An official announcement reveals that Shrader has indeed been playing hurt since October - a testament to his toughness and competitive nature.
Quarterback Garrett Shrader underwent successful surgery at the conclusion of the regular season and will not play in Thursday’s bowl game.— Syracuse Football (@CuseFootball) December 18, 2023
He had been playing with a tear in his shoulder since October. pic.twitter.com/tkGRC6sc73
Shrader transferred in from Mississippi State prior to the 2021 season. After playing well off the bench to start the year, Shrader usurped Tommy DeVito as the starter prior to SU’s Week 4 game against Liberty. He never looked back.
“It has definitely been a road less traveled for me,” Shrader said after the Wake Forest victory. “It’s been one heck of a ride.”
In three seasons with the Orange, Shrader compiled:
- 5,771 passing yards
- A 60% completion rate
- 1,703 rushing yards
- 70 total touchdowns (39 passing, 31 rushing)
- Four game winning drives which ended with under two minutes left, including a 44-second, 50-yard drive capped off by this play:
It was a pleasure covering someone so determined to help this team succeed and while Orange fans are ecstatic with the news that Kyle McCord is transferring in to take over at QB in 2024, we’ll miss the grittiness of this mobile machine.