The bye week may have come at the perfect time for the Syracuse Orange. After a promising win on the road against the NC State Wolfpack two weeks ago, the Orange went to Atlanta and got blown off the field by the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in a 56-0 romp. On top of getting out-classed at just about every turn and getting another poor performance from their quarterback, Syracuse has seen the injury bug creep up and decimate their ranks. Can Scott Shafer regroup this program during their off week?
He certainly has his work cut out for him. Going into last week’s game, Tech had lost three straight games but looked like a team that was challenging for a national title against the Orange. Terrel Hunt was not sharp in his third conference game and failed to throw for 100 yards or complete more than half his passes for the third straight game (all against ACC opponents). In three conference games, Hunt has yet to throw a touchdown pass while throwing six interceptions. Shafer seemed to see enough in the GT game and pulled Hunt for Drew Allen, who didn’t look much better.
On top of the quarterback issue offensively, Shafer needs to start worrying about the health of his team. After losing starting linebacker Dyshawn Davis to an ankle injury in the NC State game that kept him out of the game against the Yellow Jackets, Syracuse watched defensive tackle John Raymon suffer a season-ending knee injury last week. He joins three-year starting cornerback Keon Lyn and kicker Ross Krautman on the season-ending injury list after Lyn suffered a lower body injury and Krautman injured his hip.
So on top of trying to salvage his team’s confidence and find a quarterback who can generate some offense, Shafer needs to find some healthy bodies to plug into the starting lineup. Will a week off be enough time to Syracuse back on the right path?