Syracuse’s offense is clearly struggling, and fans are starting to point fingers. With disappointing performances becoming the norm in Central New York, the blame can officially fall on the team’s starting quarterback, Terrel Hunt.
The Syracuse offense has blanked two weeks in a row despite the defense letting the team hang around. Against Louisville, Hunt took the Orange’s chance of winning and squashed it.
Hunt completed just 17 of 32 passes for 196 yards. He threw two picks, and the offense was taken down twice in the end zone for safeties.
Last week, Hunt threw for 294 yards and an INT, although much of the yardage came once Notre Dame had a huge lead. Hunt had a QB rating of just 37.4. Against the Cardinals, the sequence at the 1-yard line said it all. Instead of allow his QB to make plays, George McDonald decided to run two trick plays. The Orange had an ineligible man downfield, and perhaps the best pass of the day was thrown by a wide receiver and dropped in the end zone.
The Orange faced one of the nation’s top run defenses, and ran for only 59 yards. Hunt carried five times for only eight yards. On the season, Hunt has only thrown one touchdown and four interceptions. That’s already half his total from last year. He has only had two games with 200 yards passing and has thrown interceptions in three straight.
Hunt is missing wide-open receivers downfield, and is overthrowing receivers waiting for screen passes. Hunt lacks downfield vision. Opposing defenses are reading him well. Scott Shafer may have to think long and hard about making a change under center if this keeps up. Because right now it doesn’t seem like Hunt is fit for the job.
Posted: Jason Weingold