Going into this weekend’s matchup between the Syracuse Orange and Florida State Seminoles, there are a lot of narratives going on: Is Syracuse’s defense up to the task? What about Florida State’s offense? If SU can pull the (minor) upset, what does that mean for Dino Babers’s team this season?
The one that hasn’t been discussed as much is quarterback Eric Dungey, and how he nearly beat the ‘Noles last year despite playing on a broken foot. He spoke to Syracuse.com about that this week, and how it (unsurprisingly) reflects his style of play and approach to the game. Babers also chimed in with this key quote that sums up the senior QB in a nutshell:
“Once again, it just goes to show you how tough Eric Dungey is and how courageous he is, and how fortunate we are to have an opportunity to watch him one more year. I mean, when this guy rolls out of here, there’s going to be tall tales about him. And everybody will be like, ‘He didn’t do that.’ The heck he did. You go back and google it. He played an entire game on a broken foot and almost won the game.”
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“I went to the medical people and I said, ‘Are you guys sure?’” head coach Dino Babers said. “Because the last thing I want to do is hurt anyone. And they’re like, ‘He can’t hurt anything more.’ ”So I said (to Dungey), ‘OK, we’ll see. If you can do something, I’ll leave you out there. If not, I’ll pull you back out.’”
What Howard cares about these days is his final season at Syracuse, his last chance to show the physical, mental and emotional maturity of a game he believes has reached the latest level in a dogged climb toward excellence. He cares about a family he describes as exceptionally close, with whom he has a deep, “spiritual” connection.
What the hell is wrong with Florida State? (SB Nation)
The run game isn’t what it should be, considering the recruiting rankings involved. Quarterback Deondre Francois doesn’t appear comfortable running the ball in this read-based system. The offensive line, which began thin and has gotten thinner with injuries to tackle Landon Dickerson and guard Cole Minshew, can’t block. The pass rush isn’t getting home. The turnover backpack is dumb.
“I like to always prepare game boards for both teams, and then I want to have information — often it’s on an index card, or it may be typed out on a separate sheet. For example the Monday Night Football game, I want to know team things about the Chargers, team things about the Broncos. I want to have information on the AFC West, I want to have information on the AFC. I want to have information on the big stories around the NFL heading into the season.”
In December, Sidearm will graduate from office space it’s been renting since 2008 in Hinds Hall, home of Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies. Its new home will be the newly renovated State Tower Building in downtown Syracuse, where, at 15,000 square feet, it will be the historic building’s largest tenant.
Small guys, big difference (247Sports)
“Coach, he put me in the right position. We’ve been working on that all week. I went unblocked, it was wide open and I blocked the punt,” he said. Freshman wide receiver Taj Harris made a huge play when it looked like the Syracuse offense was going to have to settle for a field goal attempt. After Syracuse jumped out to a 14-0 lead, Wagner answered with a touchdown of their own.
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SU rises 8 spots on US News and World Report ranking (Daily Orange)