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Syracuse’s Eric Dungey has long been a bit of a daredevil

Syracuse.com visits him over the summer to see where it all began...

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When Eric Dungey first arrived as a member of the Syracuse Orange’s 2015 football recruiting class, he seemed like a little bit of a risk-taker.

Then, when he took the field in the early days of his freshman year, we saw the extent to which he’d go in that pursuit of both success and some sense of danger.

In some ways that’s mellowed over the last couple seasons. In others, not so much (see: the flying kick versus Miami). But the desire and need to take some gambles has always been with the senior QB, as Syracuse.com’s Nate Mink discovered while visiting Dungey and his family in Oregon this summer.

In part one of a several-part series, Dungey and his parents start to explain the risk-taking and how it led him to SU. It includes harrowing stories of dives off bridges and cliffs, plus more recent endeavors like wake surfboarding. You’ll never change Dungey, it seems. Though one could debate that changing him would ultimately stop what makes him so good in the first place.

Check out that read and the rest of your Syracuse-related links below:

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Watch: Syracuse star quarterback Eric Dungey fires first pitch at Syracuse Chiefs (CNYCentral)

We know Eric Dungey can throw a heck of a deep ball. But can he throw a fastball? The answer, while most likely obvious, is a resounding yes. As part of SU Athletics Appreciation night with the hometown Triple-A Baseball team the Syracuse Chiefs, Dungey along with SU Athletics Director John Wildhack and former basketball star DaJuan Coleman tossed out ceremonial first pitches.

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