Syracuse Orange football coach Dino Babers revealed after Syracuse’s 35-20 loss to NC State that starting quarterback Eric Dungey will most likely sit for a second straight game next week when the Florida State Seminoles come to visit.
“Based off of the traditions, I would imagine that is is probably doubtful (Dungey is available to play),” Babers said. “But again, it is a medical decision.”
Dungey, who was seen throwing prior to the game, was ruled out of Saturday’s loss to NC State after previously being listed as questionable on Thursday’s injury report. Backup Zack Mahoney started in his place and completed 13-of-24 passes for 190 yards and one touchdown and one interception.
Dungey’s injury occurred last week when he was forced out of Syracuse’s loss to Clemson after suffering a hard hit to the head-and-neck area during the final minutes of the first quarter. He was taken into the locker room for an evaluation before returning to the sidelines and watching the remainder of the game in street clothes.
Babers has yet to clarify as to what injury Dungey is currently dealing with and what unspecified tests the sophomore quarterback underwent this past week.
Babers hasn’t only kept things close to the chest with the media, he’s played it coy with his players too. Mahoney said after the game he didn’t know he was starting until Friday evening. The junior quarterback, however, said the late notice didn’t impact his performance.
“I don’t think it affects too much as long as you go into the practice week with determination and thinking you’re going to start and you practice that way,” Mahoney said.
While Babers named Mahoney the starter against NC State, Mahoney did not say if Babers informed him he would continue to start in Dungey’s absence, if need be. Backup quarterback Austin Wilson previously replaced Dungey against Clemson and was listed, along with Mahoney, as a co-backup on this past week’s two-man depth chart.