In the two years since Dino Babers arrived, Syracuse Orange quarterback Eric Dungey has put up impressive numbers across the board. He’s taken down single-season records, and career marks, and has his sights set on a few more as a senior in 2018 as well.
Injuries are always a concern, clearly, but if Dungey can stay on the field for all 12 games this fall, he could very well be one of the top passers in the ACC.
Athlon currently ranks him No. 4, behind Kelly Bryant (Clemson), Ryan Finley (NC State) and Josh Jackson (Virginia Tech). There’s reason to believe all three could put up better performances, but a healthy Dungey could end up surpasses all of those players’ stats. For our sake, let’s hope he does so this season and SU gets themselves back a a bowl game...
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Ranking the ACC’s Quarterbacks for 2018 (Athlon Sports)
4. Eric Dungey, Syracuse: Syracuse has to retool its receiving corps after the departures of Steve Ishmael and Ervin Phillips, but the path to a bowl game hinges on keeping Dungey healthy. The Oregon native has missed the final three contests in each of the last three years due to injury. When healthy, Dungey is among the ACC’s top quarterbacks. In nine appearances last season, he threw for 2,495 yards and 14 scores and rushed for 595 yards and nine touchdowns.
“You want someone who can read it and attack aggressively downhill, and that’s what he can do.” Derice told The Indianapolis Star. “(Against) Notre Dame last year, you saw how he attacked downhill. Even this year, he hawked down NC State’s (Nyheim) Hines. He flipped his hips and turned and caught Hines from behind.”
Battle’s return would give provide unheard of consistency in this day and age of college basketball. Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim would have the chance to field the same starting five from one year to the next for the first time since 1999-2000. (And even then Tony Bland replaced Allen Griffin in the starting lineup).
After a sophomore season in which he functioned as the featured scorer for the Orange (while leading Division I in the percentage of team minutes played), Battle is showing up on the mocks as a late first-round pick. He made just 32 percent of his 3s last season, but his sheer number of attempts and excellent shooting at the line suggest there’s potential for significant improvement on the perimeter.
Duke basketball recruit Joey Baker to reclassify, enroll for 2018-19 (Greensboro.com)
Joey Baker, a 6-foot-7 power forward from Fayetteville who was rated No. 15 overall in the class of 2019, will join a recruiting class in which Duke landed the top three of ESPN.com’s list: small forward R.J. Barrett, power forward Zion Williamson and small forward Cam Reddish. Coach Mike Krzyzewski’s freshmen group also will include point guard Tre Jones, rated No. 17 overall.
ACC announces 2018 women’s tennis awards (TheACC.com)