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Beth Maiman | NCAA.com | April 14, 2018

Cuse QB battling cancer throws TD at spring game

Syracuse quarterback Rex Culpepper certainly made the highlight reel during Syracuse's spring game. 

The sophomore, who is currently battling cancer, didn't think he would get a chance to play, as head coach Dino Babers told him he didn't think he would participate in the scrimmage. 

However, Culpepper, who is scheduled to begin his second round of chemotherapy on Monday, was suddenly surprised as he was subbed into the scrimmage for the final drive. 

He lead his offense down the field, and finished the drive throwing a 17-yard touchdown pass to Ravian Pierce. 

After the score, well, his teammates came to celebrate. 

"It just felt surreal," Culpepper said to Syracuse.com. "It was spectacular. I'll never forget that."

He expects to finish his chemotherapy on June 1 and hopes to be cleared for fall practice. 

Culpepper even had a pretty notable audience watching his big play, as Kevin Johnson and Marvin Harrison were in attendance. 

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