Syracuse coach Dino Babers said quarterback Eric Dungey has yet to get a second opinion on his injury and his status is unchanged for Saturday’s game against No. 17 Florida State. Babers said he has yet to make a final decision, but backup Zack Mahoney will most likely start for Syracuse if Dungey can’t go.
“I think right now, based off how well Zack played, Zack should be the guy who goes up first,” Babers said on the ACC coaches teleconference Wednesday morning. “But we haven’t decided, we have to still see how everything fits in the game plan.”
Babers previously said on Monday the plan was for Dungey to get a second opinion on his injury and be cleared by the medical staff before making a decision on when – or if – the sophomore quarterback returns to action this season. Since Dungey has yet to receive a second opinion, it’s highly unlikely he’ll play on Saturday against Florida State.
Dungey was held out of last Saturday’s 35-20 loss to NC State after previously being listed as questionable on the injury report. Dungey, who missed four games last season due to two concussions, was knocked out of Syracuse’s loss to Clemson on Nov. 5 after suffering a hard hit to the head-and-shoulder 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.
Mahoney started in place of Dungey during Syracuse’s loss to NC State and finished 13-of-24 passing for 190 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Babers said Mahoney played “extremely well” against NC State, but cautioned he doesn’t want the former walk-on quarterback to try to do too much.
“It’s not about what Zack does for our football team,” Babers said. “It’s what the other 21 guys have to do. Any time you lose a person of Eric’s caliber, you don’t expect the backup guy to come up and play at that same level.
“What you want are the other 21 people to elevate their game, so your football team has the opportunity to win. We need everyone else to play better and we need Zack to play within himself.”