Name: Quinta Funderburk
Position: Wide Receiver
Year: (Redshirt) Junior
Hometown: Norfolk, Va.
High School: Oscar F. Smith High School
2013 Stats: Played in four games and caught three passes for 50 yards. All of those were in two games (Northwestern and Boston College).
2014 Projections: Funderburk has carried a lot of expectations since arriving on campus, and this season, he may finally deliver (at least in part). He'll have an opportunity to be a factor in the passing game as the team's probable fourth receiver, and if he puts his speed to good use, it could equal a few big plays and 20-25 catches.
How'd He Get Here: Things weren't working out down in Arkansas, so he made the right decision and headed north to Syracuse in 2012.
What'd Recruiting Sites Say: Four stars from everyone but Rivals (three stars). So yeah, he was pretty highly touted out of high school.
Money Quote: Funderburk's high school coach Richard Morgan had this to say about him last summer:
"When he got a chance to be the man his junior year, he just took off. He was just completely unstoppable. Obviously when you're that big and you run that fast, those are traits that a lot of people just simply don't have."
Links Of Wonder: Nice read from OrangeFizz on whether or not beleaguered players Adonis Ameen-Moore and Funderburk can make an impact this season.
Twitterfeed: None that I've located.
Tweets Of Wonder: Funderburk's lack of impact and playing time seems to puzzle everyone. So when he does indeed get involved in the offense...
Terrel Hunt pass complete to Quinta Funderburk. Let's get weird.— Michael Cohen (@Michael_Cohen13) September 8, 2013
Shafer McDonald Think Of Him: This is a pretty glowing review, for those looking to get a read on what to expect from Quinta this year:
"I think he's really earned the opportunity to be a two and to compete to get more playing time. He's done a lot of good things off the field in terms of academics, getting his stuff together that way, and at the end of the season he really made some big catches that helped us. He's earned the right to stay there."
Interesting Nugget O'Interest: Quinta was left home on last year's Georgia Tech road trip to accommodate some of SU's copious Peach State natives who were a little homesick.
Let's Get A Good Look Atcha: Go ahead and watch Funderburk light up high school kids back when he was the top wideout in Virginia: