Five months before they begin their inaugural season in the ACC, the Syracuse Orange today received a huge boost on the offensive side of the ball. 6-foot-5 and 225-pounds worth of boost, to be exact.
After much speculation lately, former Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Drew Allen has decided to transfer up north to Syracuse.
Allen, a senior with one year of eligibility remaining, had recently narrowed the choices down to the Orange and the North Carolina State Wolfpack. After building a strong rapport with the ‘Cuse coaching staff lately, Allen ultimately decided that the Carrier Dome would be the place where he would like to conclude his collegiate career.
In even better news for first-year Orange head coach Scott Shafer, due to Allen graduating from Oklahoma in May, Allen will be immediately eligible to play this season.
Should Allen become the starting QB, it wouldn’t mark the first time that Syracuse has started a season with a new head coach and a signal-caller straight from another university.
In 2008, Doug Marrone began his eventual short tenure as Syracuse head coach with former Duke Blue Devils basketball standout Greg Paulus under center.
However, the circumstances for Shafer and Allen are a little different.
Syracuse is getting a very mentally experienced football player in Allen. Although he has spent the majority of his career backing up former Sooners star Landry Jones, Allen is a talented individual. With the Oklahoma coaching staff producing their fair share of accomplished collegiate quarterbacks throughout the years, the amount of knowledge that the young man has soaked up can do wonders for the Syracuse offense.
With the move, the current quarterback competition between senior Charley Loeb, junior Terrel Hunt, and senior John Kinder is all but decided.
While all three have been said to be more than capable to handle the Syracuse offense, Allen will more than likely still get the nod. As I said, those three are “capable”, but Allen should be able to take the offense to another level.