As if the Syracuse Orange didn’t have enough to deal with when they welcome in the eleventh ranked LSU Tigers on Saturday, the team is reporting that quarterback Eric Dungey will likely miss the game on Saturday. Dungey was knocked out of last week’s game against Central Michigan after taking a vicious helmet-to-helmet shot and he is still experiencing some concussion-like symptoms.
According to ESPN, Syracuse head coach Scott Shafer said that Dungey is “doing great. He’ll be back when the doctors tell me he can be back, but he’s doing a lot better.” That basically translates to Dungey more than likely not being able to play against the Tigers.
Dungey, the Orange’s second-string quarterback, came in for Terrel Hunt when he went down with a season-ending fractured fibula in Week 1. Dungey has performed rather well in Hunt’s absence, throwing for over 400 yards and five touchdowns while being named the ACC Rookie of the Week in the Orange’s Week 2 victory over Wake Forest.
The Orange now turn to Austin Wilson and Zack Mahoney, who both saw action after Dungey’s departure. Wilson was 4-7 with 49 yards and a touchdown against an interception, while Mahoney was 4-4 with 19 yards. Both will compete for the starting role this week.
“We’ve got two good kids that want to win,” Shafer said. “They’re good teammates. The kids are going to rally behind them. Both those kids are going to be competing to see who gets to play the most come Saturday. If we use them both, we use them both.”
Even if the Dungey was at full health this weekend, I find it hard to believe the Orange stand a chance against the Tigers. It’s going to be a rough weekend, no matter who is leading this team.
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