Syracuse Orange Football Takes Another Hit, Marquis Spruill to Miss Spring

Andrew PreglerContributor IIIJanuary 21, 2012

LOS ANGELES - SEPTEMBER 17:  Fullback Rhett Ellison #40 of the USC Trojans is upended by linebacker Marquis Spruill # 11 of the Syracuse Orangemen at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on September 17, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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The Syracuse Orange football team will already be missing Alec Lemon and Keon Lyn for spring practices next season with Lemon facing the proposition of missing the opening game. 

Doug Marrone and the Orange can now count Marquis Spruill among the walking wounded. Spruill, one of the veteran linebackers returning to the team, will be sidelined with a "lower body injury that will require surgery" according to a Syracuse release

The 2011 second team All-Big East linebacker finished the 2011 season with 56 total tackles, two and a half sacks and two fumble recoveries. 

Linebacker is the position where Syracuse will see the most stability as both sophomore Spruill and freshman Dyshawn Davis took charge of the middle of the field. 

The blow only furthers Doug Marrone's need to recruit solid defensive players. Currently, the Orange are filling the need at defensive line which would help the linebackers if Spruill is unable to play at the season's beginning. 

This is just more news that cannot help but make Syracuse fans wonder if next season is going to be a "wash" or "rebuilding" year as the Orange continue to have injury troubles.