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Dino Babers quiet on Eric Dungey’s injury


NCAA Football: Syracuse at Connecticut Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

Down goes Dungey?

Syracuse coach Dino Babers declined to comment on Wednesday when asked about starting quarterback Eric Dungey’s injury and his availability for Saturday’s game against Notre Dame.

“We’re not going to talk about injuries,” Babers said on the ACC coaches teleconference.

Dungey was not made available to the media for interviews on Tuesday. Instead, the sophomore quarterback was receiving treatment for an undisclosed injury.

Dungey was seen shaking his hand throughout Syracuse’s 31-24 win over UConn, but was able to remain in the game and finish with a career-high 407 passing yards and two touchdowns.

Through four games this season, Dungey ranks sixth nationally in passing yards with 1,367 (341.8 per game) and first in the ACC. He has also thrown nine touchdowns to just three interceptions, while rushing for 67 yards and two more scores.

If Dungey is unable to suit up, junior Zack Mahoney will most likely replace him as the starting quarterback. Mahoney has appeared in three games this season, throwing a total of eight passes.

Mahoney started four games last year in place of an injured Dungey, completing 43 percent of his passes for 472 yards and six touchdowns, while throwing two interceptions.

Despite his lackluster numbers, Mahoney earned the appreciation of Syracuse fans after keeping the Orange competitive against No. 8 LSU and No. 1 Clemson, leading some to question whether he should overtake Dungey as Syracuse’s starting quarterback.

Behind Mahoney, redshirt junior Austin Wilson has worked as Syracuse’s third-string quarterback this season. Wilson has thrown for 302 yards and one touchdown to five interceptions throughout his Orange career.

Freshmen Rex Culpepper and Mo Hassan are the other two quarterbacks on Syracuse’s roster.