Since Tommy DeVito is entering his first season as the starter, the quarterback position may take a step back. Of course he isn’t the rushing threat that Eric Dungey was. Instead he’s a pure passer. In Dino Babers’ air-raid like offense, that bodes well. So let’s predict how his stats will stack up against Dungey’s from a year ago.
Last season Dungey threw for 18 passing touchdowns, seventh best in the ACC. In just 87 pass attempts, DeVito found the end zone four times. Unlike Dungey, DeVito is a pure pocket passer. He’s not going to scramble out of the pocket and bruise his way to a seven yard pickup. Instead he relies on one of the best arms in the ACC, that can flick the ball 50 yards downfield. This year, DeVito throws for around 26 touchdowns, greatly surpassing Dungey’s total from last season.
While Dungey doesn’t possess the same arm talent as DeVito, he consistently used his legs to pick up yardage on broken plays. That’s something that DeVito needs to improve upon. Last season Dungey ended up with 15 rushing touchdowns. Combine that with his passing TD’s and he found the end zone 33 times. DeVito isn’t coming close to that number, it’s just not his style. In the past Babers might have given Dungey the ball near the goal line. This year, Moe Neal, Jarveon Howard, or Abdul Adams take the handoff. DeVito finishes with a pair of rushing touchdowns.
Statistics passing related, expect DeVito to supersede Dungey’s numbers from last season. A year ago, Dungey finished with 2,868 yards through the air. And Babers won’t give DeVito many rushing attempts like he granted Dungey, which could lead to higher passing attempts. Of course, that could lead to heavier usage of the running backs, where the Orange are deep this year. But this is still a Babers offense where quarterbacks reign king, DeVito finishes the season with just over 3,000 passing yards, as he pairs with Taj Harris, Trishton Jackson, and Sean Riley to light up secondaries.
As well all know, Dungey ran more than DeVito will this season. By the end of last year, Dungey had 754 rushing yards. When receivers were covered downfield, the former SU signal caller used his legs to gain yardage. Don’t expect that to happen this year. Sure DeVito can scramble in a wide open area, but he’s not taking off like Dungey did. While that might take away some yardage, it does decrease bruises throughout the season. Expect DeVito to run for around 250 yards this year.
This may be the best statistic to compare the two quarterbacks. Cleary DeVito is the better passer, but Dungey also used his legs to create plays. Last season Dungey completed just under 61% of his passes. Last year DeVito held almost a 51% completion percentage. That’s a big drop off. But DeVito wasn’t getting first team reps for most of the season, so he hadn’t built a rapport with starting receivers. Now, he’s had a whole offseason to build chemistry. DeVito is also a guy who looks to throw the long ball. He may miss more than Dungey, but there will be dynamic plays this season. Expect a 58% completion percentage.