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Should Carlos Del Rio-Wilson Start Against Pitt?

When Carlos Del Rio-Wilson announced his decision to transfer to Syracuse before the 2022 season, the Syracuse fanbase was elated. A former four-star who just spent a year learning under Dan Mullen, who has produced some very good quarterbacks in his career.

But, the early appearances for CDRW in Orange have been disastrous. Against Notre Dame last year, after Garrett Shrader got hurt, the Georgia native went just 11/22. But, he wasn’t practicing with the first teamers all week and got thrown into one of the biggest games for SU in a long time. So you can understand the bad performance.

The week after that, he got his first start against Pitt. Things couldn’t have gone more wrong for Del Rio-Wilson against the Panthers. The redshirt freshmen went 8/23 and threw for just 120 yards and no touchdowns. In addition, he had just one scramble for seven yards. It was a bad showing from the newcomer but, it was his first ever college start so maybe you can cut some slack.

That leads us to the present time. In garbage time early in the season, CDRW looked really good for SU. Against Colgate, he went 10/13 for 149 yards. and three touchdowns, a career day for the redshirt sophomore. A week later, Del Rio-Wilson had another solid showing in garbage time against Western Michigan. After struggles by Garrett Shrader and an apparent injury against Virginia Tech, CDRW was thrown back into the spotlight to start the primetime Friday night game against Boston College.

While Dino Babers may have said that he thought Del Rio-Wilson played well, the stats and eye test just don’t show that. He completed just one pass beyond the line of scrimmage all game. CDRW completed just seven passes for a whopping 37 yards. Just simply not good enough for a division one quarterback.

So, if Shrader is still hurt, does. Del Rio-Wilson get the start again next week? Based on everything that Dino Babers said after the game, is seems like that would be the case. If not, Luke MacPhail was warming up towards the end of the BC game and would most likely get the start.

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