A lot has happened since the Orange dominated Rhode Island in the team’s season opener 47-0. The Fizz is here to get you up to speed.
Terrel Hunt is done for the year
Syracuse’s fifth year starting quarterback ruptured his Achilles early on against URI Friday. SU Athletics released a statement Sunday stating that Hunt will miss the rest of the season. ESPN reported that Syracuse will likely ask the NCAA to grant Hunt a medical redshirt so that he could return to SU next season.
Syracuse’s starting quarterback is now true freshman Eric Dungey. The Oregon product was sharp against Rhode Island completing ten of 17 passes for 114 yards and two touchdowns. If he can pick up where he left off against URI when Wake Forest comes to the Dome Saturday, Syracuse fans will have a legitimate reason to be optimistic about the team’s offense going forward.
Other injury updates
Running back Devante McFarlane did not play in Syracuse’s opener because of a lower body injury. H-back Erv Phillips left Friday night’s game with an injury as well. In his post game press conference Scott Shafer said both players should be ready to go against Wake Forest.
Cam Lynch makes NFL roster
After having no players taken in April’s NFL Draft, it didn’t seem likely that any members of the 2014 Syracuse football team would make an NFL roster this offseason. Former SU linebacker Cam Lynch had other ideas. Lynch signed with the St. Louis Rams as a free agent after not being drafted and on Saturday he earned a place on the team’s 53-man roster.
Lynch’s journey from an undersized collegiate linebacker to an NFL caliber linebacker will surely help the Syracuse coaching staff in recruiting. Not having a player drafted was a bad look for SU football (it was only the second time this had happened since 1975). Lynch signing with the Rams definitely improves the program’s image.
The Orange also had some of its former players sign to NFL practice squads this weekend. Cornerback Keon Lyn signed with the Jets, offensive linemen Andrew Tiller and Sean Hickey signed with the 49ers and Saints respectively, and wide receiver Jarrod West signed with the Steelers.
Syracuse favored against Wake despite loss of Hunt
Syracuse is favored by 5.5 for its ACC opener against Wake Forest according to VegasInsider.com. The bookies must have really liked how Eric Dungey performed against Rhode Island.
Last season the Orange knocked off the Demon Deacons on the road 30-7. This time around it all depends on how Syracuse’s young guns perform. Dungey, Jordan Fredericks, Zaire Franklin, Steve Ishmael, Rodney Williams and Ervin Phillips are all underclassmen difference makers for SU.
The Orange is inexperienced, but it’s pretty exciting to see guys Shafer recruited get opportunities.
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Posted: Connor Morrissette