The Syracuse Orange spent their entire spring session trying to find the successor at quarterback to Ryan Nassib under first year head coach Scott Shafer. Somehow, Cuse ended up with an even more muddled quarterback race heading into the summer with the impending arrival of Oklahoma Sooners transfer Drew Allen. With fall camp around the corner, Shafer expects the decision on a new quarterback to get on the accelerated track this August as Syracuse tries to settle on their new quarterback as quickly as possible.
Talking during ACC spring meetings, Shafer outlined the importance of finding his new quarterback:
“The biggest thing is we have to make some quick decisions as to how we’re going to do our repetitions and make those tough decisions early in camp. The first six, seven days are going to be really important, getting them all on video tape, then moving forward, and as coaches making the tough decisions as to where we’re going to put our heavy reps.”
Allen is expected to come in and make a strong push for the job even though he’ll be behind the other candidates on the playbook and verbiage of the offense. Terrel Hunt, Charley Loeb and John Kinder split the reps during the spring, and none of them were able to really take hold of the starting job. Adding Allen to the mix will only make the process more crowded this fall.
For Syracuse to turn the page on 2012 and move ahead in 2013, they will first need to decide on their next signal caller. Who will Scott Shafer ultimately land on and how long will it take him to decide?