Since Eric Dungey took over as the Syracuse Orange’s starting quarterback in 2015, much ink has been spilled about how much he should or shouldn’t run the football.
For years, the QB and Dino Babers say he needs to run less — or at least smarter — but every season, he’s back to taking off and eventually ends up sidelined. This article won’t shed any new light on that situation, other than some numbers that prove it’s not just injuries that should motivate Dungey to run less.
SB Nation’s Bill Connelly looked at college football’s top rushers, both at the running back and quarterback positions, to see which players were the most efficient and explosive as ball-carriers. No Syracuse running back made the list, but Dungey was brought up among the quarterbacks in question; though he was not among the 19 players who wound up in the 50th percentile in terms of both efficiency and explosiveness.
Dungey failed to perform poorly in either category, though. Excluding sacks, he carried 117 times for 749 yards and nine scores. His marginal efficiency rate was 4.3% (39th overall), while his marginal explosiveness was -0.01 (22nd overall). Plenty of quality QBs finished similarly, but most also chose their spots. We know Dungey has breakaway ability. Conserving him as a runner could yield just as many of those gains, just in fewer attempts.
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Eric Dungey, QB, Syracuse: Dungey has been starting for the Orange since his freshman season. The problem is he has not been finishing the seasons healthy. When healthy, Dungey is a two-way threat with athleticism and size (6-4, 228) that could draw NFL attention. He enters 2018 as the only active quarterback in FBS with at least 6,000 yards passing and 1,000 yards rushing.
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