Is there really a quarterback "competition" or is the job really Drew Allen's to lose?
"We have to be fair to Ashton and just put a little bit on his plate. When he digests it, give him another serving."
As we inch closer to the action kicking off on August 29, I'll release schedule analysis for a new ACC school every other day. For now, let's take a look at the Syracuse Orange:
The new Orange staff has focused primarily on expanding its recruiting boundaries to the Midwest and Florida over the last six months, but Shafer and company cannot forget about the JuCo that has Saban interested every season. Orlando does a terrific job of recruiting talent from Florida. In fact, there were only 8 players from New York on the roster in 2012.
"He is very good at saying 'these are the things I really like, this is what fits us best, I'm going to do that. That is another thing I really liked about him was his mental flexibility. A lot of guys don't have that. They can't get out of their comfort. But George is a guy who is going to say OK, what is best, not what is most comfortable. I'm excited for him.
The recruiting game never stops, but it will interesting to see what waves Syracuse can make in their first season in the ACC.
"They have to come to us and demonstrate to us that they meet the life/safety code,'' Cavuto said. "There's been talk of them doing this for years, but they haven't come to us yet.''
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What to watch: Let's stick with the quarterbacks. Like NC State, Syracuse has welcomed a transfer quarterback in Drew Allen from Oklahoma. Coaches will get their first glimpse at what he can do, as he joins Terrel Hunt and Charley Loeb as the top three players in the competition. Hunt seemed to take the lead after spring practice, but coach Scott Shafer has repeated that the competition remains open.
New Syracuse University head football coach Scott Shafer, who just happens to be in the process of channeling the spirt of Ben Schwartzwalder, the old Orange boss who died 20 years ago this past April at the age of 83. I wrote this piece on the occasion of Ben's death. Chris' words encouraged me to dig it up and share. And so I do.
"They scare the hell out of you as a coach, but it’s a challenge that we relish," Shafer said of the Tigers. "They’ve got more stars next to their names than we do and we may not be as big, we may not be as fast, but doggone it, we want to play a style of football where we’re knocking the hell out of people and playing a hard-nosed game against everybody."
Many questions were raised by fans and readers Thursday after the initial story was posted. Those questions and more are listed below along with some attempts to answer them.