After an injury-filled freshman year for Eric Dungey, some (mainly this site) have thought that perhaps the standout Syracuse Orange quarterback could use a redshirt 2016 to get his strength up and ensure his long-term health as a football player. Normally, that would mean Dino Babers and his new staff bringing in a fifth-year senior as a transfer who could play immediately in his stead.
But perhaps SU could be of a different mindset altogether?
Enter Texas A&M transfer quarterback Kyle Allen.
In a Horns 247 post from way back on December 18, the former 5-star Arizona (Scottsdale) QB recruit made mention of his sort-of "top four" -- Colorado State, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Houston. Since then, Oklahoma's likely been ruled out with fellow A&M transfer passer Kyler Murray choosing to head that way.
Along with those four "favorites," which Allen was quick to point out are not the only schools in contention, he also mentioned Syracuse as one of a collection of other schools to reach out. That list also included Colorado, West Virginia, Texas and UCF. Allen's release bars him from heading to any SEC school, or any confirmed future opponent of A&M. Lucky for us, the Orange are not on that list... yet (please, no).
Last year, Allen threw for 2,210 yards, 17 touchdowns and seven interceptions with the Aggies, while battling it out with Murray for the full-time QB gig. His high-water marks included 300-yard performances against Arkansas, Mississippi State and Vanderbilt, respectively (all victories). In his A&M career (two seasons), he's thrown for over 3,500 yards and 33 scores.
As a player heading into his junior season, he'd need to sit out 2016, and would be able to suit up for any program for two years, starting in 2017. This is where things get weird for any possible Syracuse scenario, since that wouldn't really match up with what's needed for Eric Dungey -- thought it could for 2016 confirmed signee Rex Culpepper, or potential signee Lindsey Scott. But remember, all of this is SPECULATION.
While it's nice to imagine a former 5-star recruit coming to Syracuse, we've been here before. Recently. And there's some better-than-normal reasons a QB from Arizona would leave a Texas school and come here (hi, Dino Babers connections to both areas). But file this under PRETTY UNLIKELY until we hear more than just a mention of the Orange in a long list of potential suitors. Still, fun to think about as the Babers era begins to take shape on the Hill.