East Lincoln High senior quarterback Chazz Surratt, who set a North Carolina record for total offense Friday, won’t need surgery on his injured left elbow, his mother, Brandi, told the Observer Tuesday.
Brandi Surratt said doctors at the University of North Carolina, where her son has committed to play football, told the family surgery isn’t needed. She said he will wear a hinged brace for a week and then begin rehab. Surratt won’t play again this season and will enroll at UNC in January, she said.
Surratt suffered ligament damage to his left throwing elbow in a playoff game two weeks ago. Doctors told Surratt’s family that he would need surgery and that recovery would take four to six months.
Surratt was fitted with a special brace and cleared to play in last Friday’s 35-14 win over East Burke. He completed four passes for 10 yards. He has 16,593 career offensive yards, breaking the 13-year-old record of 16,590 set by former Independence quarterback Chris Leak.
Surratt ends his career with 10,770 passing yards and 136 touchdowns. His 681 completions rank fourth in N.C. public school history. His passing yards rank fourth, and his passing touchdowns rank third.