There are high hopes for Syracuse quarterback Terrel Hunt heading into his redshirt junior season. Last year, Hunt burst into the starting role, throwing for 265 yards and three touchdowns in place of an ineffective Drew Allen, and never gave back the starting job.
Overall, the team performed very well. "95 percent of everybody improved their numbers," Hicks said. "Just about everybody got better. Most of the kids hit what we were shooting for."
"They attended last year and had a great time,'' Moten said Thursday as he and his daughters prepared for the trip from Washington, D.C., to Syracuse. "They're looking forward to it, and I always want to come back to my second home.''
"I grew up in the mid-American Conference," he said. "Unfortunately, for those types of teams that I grew up coaching, I think it’ll be a little more difficult for them."
In what was billed as a match-up of the two best NCAA coaches to have never won a national championship, it was the players who decided this game.
With three weeks until the start of the season, the Orange has positions that are still up in the air, but there are others that are 100% decided upon, and very deep.
Ticket prices have fallen drastically in the last month or so, and fans can get into the Dome for very low prices. The season-opener against Villanova is selling for an average of just $24. In late June, tickets to this game were bought for an average of $48, exactly twice the price of today’s numbers. While the drop in prices is expected as the volume increases, tickets are now well below the average of past seasons.