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Syracuse Spring Game: Terrel Hunt Emerges to Challenge Drew Allen

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With first-year head coach Scott Shafer and the Syracuse Orange making a huge splash a few weeks ago by landing Oklahoma QB transfer Drew Allen to the roster, replacing the NFL-bound Ryan Nassib seemed all but set in stone. Allen’s physical attributes, as well as his experience from OU, make Allen nearly a virtual lock to start the year under center for one season.

In Saturday’s spring game, current ‘Cuse sophomore Terrel Hunt didn’t really seem to care much about the Allen hype.

Commanding the first-team offense, Hunt played more than favorably for Shafer. Completing 19-of-29 passes for 209 yards and two touchdowns, the sophomore showed that grasping the starting job may not be as simple as Allen may think.

Definitively outplaying Charley Loeb and John Kinder on Saturday certainly put Hunt, Allen, and the Syracuse football program in a very interesting position.

In the highlight of the offensive production for the game, Hunt hit WR Jarrod West on a beautifully thrown 49-yard strike down the sideline, culminating in the first of Hunt’s two scoring plays through the air.

Probably the most important part of offensive coordinator George McDonald‘s scheme that Hunt excelled at were the short throws. While not flashy to most people, this is a very integral part of the offense. With the Orange relying on a powerful run game to spring the offense, success on short passing plays is crucial in setting that up.

In all, Hunt did not do Drew Allen any favors in regards to him walking straight on to campus and taking the starting job without a fight. With the Syracuse football program having dealt with its fair share of disappointments in recent years, I’d imagine that having two capable quarterbacks on the roster is something that they would be more than happy to deal with.

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Duke-Syracuse Game Preview, Prediction





Starting the season outside of the Top 25, the Duke Blue Devils were playing with a chip on their shoulder. Now that they are 7-1 on the year, no one is overlooking the darkhorse favorites to dethrone Florida State for an ACC title. The Syracuse Orange started the season 2-0, but have since lost six of seven to lead to a 3-6 record. While they aren’t a threat for the conference title, the Orange can still play spoiler.

Senior quarterback Anthony Boone has been the spark that has gotten the Blue Devils going this season. Boone has passed for 1,628 yards, 12 touchdowns and just three interceptions while rushing for another 243 yards and four touchdowns. Jamison Crowder is clearly the team’s top receiving weapon, catching 49 passes for 636 yards and four touchdowns. Max McCaffrey and Issac Blakeney have been basically equal in the receiving department, both catching 26 passes for three scores apiece while McCaffrey has 261 yards and Blakeney has 259 yards. Freshman running back Shaun Wilson has been a main reason for the team’s run success, rushing for 528 yards and four touchdowns.

Syracuse had been led by a dual-threat quarterback of its own in Terrel Hunt who had 983 passing yards and a touchdowns as well as 292 yards and six rushing scores before his injury. He hasn’t returned yet, paving way for freshman quarterback AJ Long to get the nod as the starter. Long hasn’t been very impressive, however, passing for 727 yards and four touchdowns with six interceptions. Jarrod West doesn’t care who’s behind center as he has been effective either way, catching 40 passes for 610 yards. Steve Ishmael has been the second-best wide out on the team, catching 20 passes for 311 yards and three scores. Prince-Tyson Gulley has been solid this season in the run game, leading the team with 526 yards and a touchdown while also catches 20 passes out of the backfield for 107 yards.

Defensively, the Orange have been a bit above average this season, ranking 38th in total yards allowed as well as 43rd in points allowed per contest. In their three wins this season, Syracuse has given up an average of 12 points. Before last week, Duke had done a solid job of keeping opponents out of the end zone. On the year, the Blue Devils rank 13th in points against and a lowly 81st nationally in total yards allowed.

Duke will travel to Syracuse to take on the Orange at 12:30 p.m. EST on Saturday, Nov. 8. The game will be broadcasted on GamePlan/ESPN 3.

PREDICTION: Duke 23, Syracuse 21

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Connor Muldowney is a columnist for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @Connormuldowney, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google. You can also reach him at connor.muldowney@rantsports.com.

Duke will travel to Syracuse to take on the Orange in week 11. Who will come out on top?

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