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Syracuse QB Eric Dungey named to Maxwell Award watch list

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The junior signal-caller joins an elite group of players earning preseason hype.

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Quite a few of college football’s individual awards have announced preliminary watch lists on Monday. The most prestigious of those honors, however, is probably the Maxwell Award, which is presented annually to the sport’s top player.

You can count Syracuse Orange quarterback Eric Dungey among the players the committee will be keeping an eye on.

The Maxwell Award’s 85-player watch list included 35 quarterbacks. An ACC QB, Louisville’s Lamar Jackson, actually took home the honor this past season. Jackson was actually the first player from the conference to win the Maxwell Award since 1993, when Florida State’s Charlie Ward won the honor. Just one Syracuse player has ever won it: Don McPherson in 1987 (who should’ve also won the Heisman Trophy that year...).

Though Dungey’s suffered some injuries in his first two seasons, his numbers have still been impressive, and he is one of the top returning passers in the conference. Athlon also ranked him the 33rd-best quarterback in the country.

In eight full games (and a quarter vs. Clemson) last year, Dungey completed 64.8 percent of his passes for 2,679 yards and 15 touchdowns through the air (along with seven interceptions). He also ran for another 293 yards with six more touchdowns.

During his Syracuse career, he’s amassed nearly 4,000 passing yards (already top-10 in Syracuse history) and 26 passing TDs (ditto). He’s also run for over 600 yards and another 11 scores.

Congrats to Eric on the preseason honor. Hopefully his numbers will improve even more this fall, and we see him near the semifinalist list on October 30.