Recently, Syracuse.com’s Nate Mink spent some time with Syracuse Orange quarterback Eric Dungey to chat last season, the long offseason and of course, 2017.
In part one, we learned (unsurprisingly) that Dungey probably could’ve played late last season. For part two, the rising junior passer shares his own expectations for this fall’s passing game -- in particular, who replaces Amba Etta-Tawo.
He mentions the obvious names, seniors Steve Ishmael and Ervin Philips, up front, but the other names offer a little more intrigue (and a few less guarantees). Devin Butler, who was injured mid-season, gets a shout-out, as does Jamal Custis. Custis redshirted this past season after being injured pretty much all year.
Anyone who’s been here awhile knows that TNIAAM’s staff has long supported Custis and his potential within this offense. At 6-foot-5 and 224 pounds, he’s uniquely positioned to be a force on the goal line (where the Orange have struggled). But he hasn’t been able to stay on the field. Custis has five catches for 22 yards and one touchdown on his career. In this spring’s receivers preview, we devoted an entire section to the redshirt junior.
Dungey seems to see the potential too. As he tells Mink:
"He's got the body of a Greek god. He's got perfect size, perfect frame. He can run great. He's got great hands. With him it's going to be getting him game reps and confidence."
Hey, we could use a Greek god on the field!
Elsewhere in the interview, Dungey talks about the 2017 schedule (/grits teeth), facing Scott Shafer this fall, and the quarterback position’s overall status on the roster.
Mink’s entire piece is worth a read, so go take a look.