This offseason, Dino Babers played coy for some time about the Syracuse Orange’s starting quarterback. We knew it was going to be Eric Dungey, and when the depth chart was released on Monday, that was indeed the case.
Still, the “competition” sparked some conversation about who’s next in line after Dungey’s SU career ends this year. Syracuse.com spoke with the senior about the rest of the depth chart and it yielded some surprising results.
Dungey likes all of the Orange’s other passers, though he actually told Nate Mink he’s highest on Chance Amie, saying “I think the kid from Texas [Amie is from Tyler, Tex.] is going to be the best out of group.”
That’s not a slight to Tommy DeVito, who Dungey also discusses along with Rex Culpepper. However, it does seem to be an endorsement of the dual-threat passer similar to himself versus the pro-style skill sets of the others. I guess in that regard it shouldn’t surprise us too much that Dungey sees a kindred spirit in the Lone Star State frosh.
Prior to Dungey, Babers’s system (as a head coach) was run around pro-style QBs, and we’ve been assuming that DeVito/Culpepper is the return to that. But if Babers’s outgoing passer is correct about Amie, perhaps this evolves into a completely new scheme at Syracuse.
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“Tommy is a great quarterback,” Dungey said, “but the thing about Tommy is he hasn’t played in a game yet. It’s one thing to do 7-on-7, but that’s like saying you’re good at Madden and you can play in the NFL. It’s a totally different world.” He added: ”I’m still going to compete, and Coach is going to say the same thing, but if you have a guy who has played for three years and understands the offense ...
Somewhat in jest, I asked Virginia Tech coach Justin Fuente if he and his colleagues just don’t trust one another. “Little bit more along the lines of, we want it to all be the same,” he said, “in terms of from league-to-league, coach-to-coach across the country, we just wanted it to be the same. That was the underlying (issue).”
“It was like, ‘Do you want us to prepare to win this game, or do you want us to just start making cut-ups and doing our resumes and start making phone calls?’” Lester said. That offseason was the first time Lester and Daoust were left unemployed. ”There are good days and bad days,” Daoust said, “but I just remember telling my kids that I coach.
Dino Babers kicked off game week with a clear message about his expectations for the season opener at Western Michigan. He never referenced last year’s home loss to Middle Tennessee State or former coach Scott Shafer. But there’s no doubt he’s curious to see if his team can avoid the same pitfalls last year’s group fell into going against a former coach.
In 2017, Syracuse was 23rd nationally in total yards/game. That’s excellent. But do you really consider Syracuse one of the top 25 offenses in the nation? Of course not. Syracuse ran over 1,000 plays in just 12 games, one of the top tempos in the game. On a per-play basis, Syracuse was 95th! That would seem to much better describe how good the Syracuse offense was.
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