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NASHVILLE --- Tennessee State quarterback O’Shay Ackerman-Carter has suffered a lower extremity injury and will miss the remainder of the season.

Ackerman-Carter left the game early in the second quarter of the Tigers 31-24 win over Bethune-Cookman in Daytona Beach on Saturday. The signal-caller was trying to run out of bounds after avoiding a pass rush and went down near the Wildcats sideline.tnstqb ackerman carterAckerman-Carter

The redshirt-sophomore completed 35-of-57 passes this season for 598 yards, throwing five touchdown passes opposed to two interceptions while helping the Tigers to a 3-0 start.

Ackerman-Carter led the Tigers in all passing categories after starting and playing in seven games in 2015. The Jacksonville, Fla. product was named to the All-Ohio Valley Conference All-Newcomer team after throwing for 1,279 yards and 11 touchdowns, while completing 110-of-190 pass attempts; tossing only five interceptions last season.

TSU and Ackerman-Carter will seek a medical hardship through the NCAA.

The Big Blue will be in the capable hands of Ronald Butler who has played in 28 games during his career. The senior has started 13 games during his time with the Tigers and was selected to the All-Ohio Valley Conference Second Team as a freshman for his play during the 2013 season.

Butler has tossed for 2,656 yards and 24 touchdowns with 15 interceptions for the Big Blue, while connecting on 248-of-446 pass attempts. The Tallahassee, Fla. native is just shy of entering the Top 10 in career pass attempts in TSU history. Butler is currently six behind Bryson Rosser (2001-05) who is 10th with 452 tries.

Butler was also working some at wide receiver and hauled in a 44-yard scoring pass against Arkansas-Pine Bluff in his only target of the season.

Redshirt-freshman Michael Hughes will move to number two on the depth chart behind Butler. Hughes led Hillsboro High School to a 14-1 overall record and a spot in the Tennessee Class 5A State Championship Game in 2014.


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