After a strong opening game that saw him collect 384 total yards (200 on the ground) and three touchdowns, the Syracuse Orange’s Eric Dungey has been getting all kinds of individual accolades.
The ACC named him the conference’s top quarterback for week one, and the Manning Award also named Dungey one of its eight “Stars of the Week.” And apparently, he’s also getting Heisman Trophy odds now... at least from sportsbook site MyBookie.
Though OddsShark says his odds are +800 here (would indicate 8-to-1 odds), it’s actually +8000 on the MyBookie site, which reflects 80-to-1 odds instead. Still, Hoya Suxa’s statement on the “honor” — Local Psychopath Earns Recognition for Lunacy — (respectfully) remains intact, especially given his typical play style and a small portion of the QB’s entertaining press availability on Tuesday.
While chatting with Syracuse.com’s Stephen Bailey, he briefly addressed Friday’s shoulder situation, but said the Orange wants to “annihilate” teams going forward (‘sup, Wagner). He also talked about his relationship (or lack thereof) with non-Jamal Custis receivers. Though... I wouldn’t necessarily peg those Devin Butler drops to him based on what I saw on the rewatch. Dungey exhibits leadership taking the blame there, though, just the same, while also maybe subtly stoking that rivalry flame with Tommy DeVito some more.
It’s been some time since Syracuse had anyone even sniffing a Heisman Trophy mention, and this still wouldn’t necessarily qualify yet. It’s nice to see the devil-may-care style of play pay off a bit with positive recognition this week, though. Perhaps that hype continues with a chance for big numbers against Wagner, and a possible upset bid versus Florida State the following weekend coming up.
Also, UPDATE: ESPN has Dungey on its current Heisman Watch, with three total votes (comprised of one third place vote — thanks, likely, David Hale). He’s one of 12 players to get consideration here. And even though it doesn’t necessarily mean anything, it’s still fun to be in the conversation right now.