Freshman QB Alin Edouard Still Not at Camp

How will Edouard develop as a QB while he misses training?

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Incoming freshman quarterback Alin Edouard has still not reported to Syracuse’s training camp this summer for personal reasons, and there is no timetable for his return. The exact details of his absence are unknown, though Scott Shafer stated last week in a press conference:

“Basically, when he tells me it’s right, then we’ll bring him back. Do the right thing. Do right by these young men. It’s as simple as that.”

As a 3-star dual-threat quarterback and Florida native, Edouard is a player many SU fans have been excited about since his commitment. Obviously he would not have competed for the starting quarterback job this season, but he definitely would have been involved in the backup QB race despite being the play caller with the least experience (the other freshman quarterback, AJ Long, graduated high school early and joined the SU football team last spring). Redshirt sophomore Austin Wilson is currently the front-runner for the backup QB role with Long and redshirt sophomore Mitch Kimble just behind him.

Quarterbacks coach Tim Lester said earlier this summer that he would work exclusively with Edouard when he arrives at camp to try and get him up to speed with SU’s offense. It is unclear if Lester would still use this approach if Edouard returned in the near future with the new season fast approaching.

The best-case scenario right now is for Edouard to join up with his teammates as soon as he can and redshirt this upcoming year. He could use all of this season, spring practice and camp next summer to show the coaches that he can be Terrel Hunt’s backup in a years time and then successor after these next two seasons.

The worst-case scenario is that he fails to ever make it to SU’s campus and either transfers or quits football all together. This is an extremely peculiar situation; hopefully Edouard resolves his issues at home and is able to join the program that beat out fourteen other schools for his commitment.

Posted by: Connor Morrissette

36 Comments on this Post

  1. This long away from the team and school kinda tells me that he’s not coming back.

    I hope I’m wrong about this,but it just doesn’t look or feel right to me. Sorry guy’s.

  2. thesackster

    i think he’s homesick, so redshirt him and teach him as much as you can. i hope he comes back.

  3. orangeinva

    Maybe we find out more tonight with Coach Shafer’s press meeting after practice.

    I believe with Alin’s athletic ability..with Lester’s tutelage…with McDonald’s offense, we could have something very special in 2 years.

    But I kind of feel as Ron..I wouldn’t bet on his return.

  4. BK SU FB Fan

    Yea, I hope for the best but we don’t know how it is for him right now.

    Situations like this is why I don’t give young people a hard time about flipping commitments. Each person’s circumstances and preference can change at a moments notice. These are kids trying to find themselves and have varying levels of readiness for not just college football, but life outside of their cocoon and comfort zone. This is why coaches are often looked upon as father figures and why when coaches leave, players often feel lost and want to leave.

  5. he has some family issues.

  6. The longer he stays away from the team,the less likely his return. Something as yey undisclosed is going on with this kid. I have serious doubts about hi returning to Syracuse.

  7. BK SU FB Fan

    If he doesn’t come to SU, I wish him the best just the same. Maybe he gets a shot at another school. Plenty in Florida.

  8. Except SU would block him going to two of the better ones Ike. FSU and Miami would require a two year sit I believe according to ACC rules.

  9. orangeinva

    Shafer says he expects him back…
    Ideally you would like him back for the first day of classes.
    I think there is another week after that date
    for him to still be “enrolled” at SU. Potentially, that could give Alin 2 more weeks to find his way back here.
    You gotta believe he was looking to redshirt anyway.

  10. BK SU FB Fan

    I figured he’d be shut out of the ACC fla schools like Cooper can’t set foot in an ACC NC school. But still there are a ton of other options for Alin even if its on the FCS level. I am hopeful that Alin does return though.

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