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Syracuse Plans to Redshirt AJ Long

The freshman quarterback will benefit from added time off for maturity, growth.

Syracuse quarterback A.J. Long will be redshirted for the 2015 season, according to WSYR out of Syracuse.

Long, who played in 6 games for the Orange in 2014, took over under center after a season-ending injury to Terrell Hunt. Long threw for 4 touchdowns and 8 interceptions on the season, and ended the year with the most pass attempts of any quarterback on the roster.

The move could be beneficial for both the Orange and Long. Assuming that starting spot for 2015 is Hunt’s to lose, Long wouldn’t be losing any playing time by being redshirted. Syracuse gets what will be a more experienced quarterback for an extra year, and Long will get to legitimately fight for the starting job for three years instead of two.

“So, by the time I get to play again next year, I will be in my third year of college, and I will be a 20-year-old sophomore,” said Long to WSYR. “So for me it is going to be a blast because I am going to be more mature, I am going to be more experienced, I am going to be ready for whatever the teams throw at me.”

While Long won’t be on the field in 2015, the Orange won’t be unequipped at the quarterback position. Along with the return of Terrell Hunt and Austin Wilson, 2015 recruit Eric Dungey will fill the hole left by Long.

Posted:  Nathan Dickinson

The Fizz is owned, edited and operated by Damon Amendolara. D.A. is an ’01 Syracuse graduate from the Newhouse School with a degree in Broadcast Journalism.

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