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