Going into camp, there was no reason for the casual Syracuse football fan to know Eric Dungey’s name. He was a true freshman coming into a school with four more experienced quarterbacks and no reputation in Central New York. Now, he’s the new face of the offense. For the sake of those who may not know all about the Orange’s new quarterback, let’s take a look at Eric Dungey by the numbers.
1: Syracuse Players From Oregon
Dungey is the only player on the Syracuse Orange football roster from the state of Oregon, and that isn’t much of a coincidence. Oregon isn’t exactly a pipeline state for the Orange, and Syracuse wasn’t looking to get a quarterback in the 2015 class until late in the game. After a holdover’s status for this year was put into question, Tim Lester started looking at the top quarterbacks who hadn’t already committed and found Dungey. Now, the replacement is Syracuse’s starting quarterback.
3085: Dungey’s Yards Gained Last Season
Dungey tallied 3085 yards in his senior year at Lakeridge High School in Lake Oswego, Oregon. 3,000 yards from scrimmage isn’t all that impressive for a quarterback, but the way in which Dungey got his will surprise you. While he doesn’t strike you as a scrambling quarterback, Dungey ran for 868 yards last season to go with his 2217 passing yards. He had more rushing touchdowns than interceptions (14 to 12), and was also able to get 21 touchdowns through the air. Dungey does not have the same running ability we saw with Terrel Hunt, but he should be able to hold his own outside the pocket and keep opposing defenses honest.
0%: Probability Dungey Would Start A Game Going Into Camp
No offense to Dungey, but a few months ago nobody thought this would be happening. Dungey was fifth on the depth chart, and the biggest question was whether or not Dungey would even be dressing this year. It was “likely that Dungey redshirts,” said Syracuse.com, and even Dungey had come to accept the idea. In camp, however, Dungey proved valuable. He earned the backup spot over more experienced competition, and now he’s Syracuse’s quarterback of the future… Well, the immediate future at least.
Posted: Nathan Dickinson