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Plant alumnus Rex Culpepper doing well in second chemo round at Syracuse

Former Plant High quarterback Rex Culpepper recently started his second round of chemotherapy but is doing well and should return to football eventually, his college coach said Thursday morning.

"He's doing really good," Syracuse coach Dino Babers said during the ACC football coaches' spring teleconference.

Culpepper had one of the highlights of spring football last week. The sophomore quarterback, who has testicular cancer, entered the Orange's spring scrimmage and threw a 17-yard touchdown pass to Ravian Pierce.

"We're a big family up here," Babers said. "When a family member's down and he's out there showing all that strength, leading the charge, it's an emotional time. It gets everybody fired up. We were happy for him, and it's my pleasure to do it for him."

Babers raved about Culpepper's positive attitude, on and off the field, before and after the diagnosis. Culpepper is in New York City getting treatment, but he has also been splitting time in Tampa.

Babers said Culpepper's prognosis is good, and he could eventually return to football, once the doctors clear him.

"We're going to have to just wait and see," Babers said. "The spirits are high."

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