Syracuse, N.Y. — Syracuse football’s preseason All-American safety Andre Cisco is out for the season, coach Dino Babers confirmed Monday morning.
It was the strongest affirmation yet by the SU head coach on the status of one of the program’s most decorated players in recent memory, and it raises the question of whether Cisco, who has been projected to be picked in the first two days of the NFL draft next spring, will suit up in college again.
He has three seasons of college eligibility remaining after the NCAA approved a new measure granting all fall athletes an additional year of eligibility because of the coronavirus, but his NFL draft stock makes it unlikely he’d stick around that long.
Cisco suffered a lower-body injury after colliding with a teammate during pregame warm-ups on Sept. 26 against Georgia Tech, a fluke happening that underscores the run of bad injury luck that has struck this team this year.
Cisco is one of more than a dozen starters or key reserves who are out or are dealing with some type of health issue heading into its next game against Liberty noon Saturday inside the Carrier Dome.
The Orange will also be without starting quarterback Tommy DeVito indefinitely after he left Saturday’s loss against Duke on crutches and with his left foot in a boot.
Babers, when asked if DeVito would miss the rest of the season, said he did not have the medical information to make that call as of Monday morning.
“I would leave it exactly as I left it after the game,” Babers said, referring to his postgame appraisal that “it’s not good.”
With DeVito out, fifth-year senior quarterback Rex Culpepper is expected to make his first start since the end of the 2017 season.
“Rex has been with us from the beginning,” Babers said.
“He knows this offense as good as anybody, and it’s just a matter of executing and doing things right and being consistent in what we do. We feel like we have someone who has a lot of knowledge if he’s going to go in there, and now we have to decide if we’re going to be able to execute and do the other things around him.”
Babers said freshman running back Sean Tucker, who did not finish the Duke game, should be OK but is not sure about his availability for Saturday’s game against Liberty.
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