Hunt shows flashes, still work to do

Terrel Hunt had arguably his best game in conference play on Saturday, but still has work to do in order to become a complete quarterback.

Is Terrel Hunt the quarterback of the future for Syracuse? That question has still yet to be answered. It will likely be answered next fall during training camp, or possibly even during next spring.

For now, he is the Orange signal caller with one game left to try to get that elusive sixth win. Against Pittsburgh on Saturday, he showed flashes of being someone that can win games.

Hunt's deep ball, a source of major struggles throughout the 2013 season, was much improved. He threw two beautiful throws, with exceptional touch, into the end zone at the end of the first half. DeVante McFarlane and Durell Eskridge dropped those passes, but the ball was placed in the perfect spot where only the Syracuse player could make a play on the ball.

In the fourth quarter, he threw the ball deep again and hit Quinta Funderburk in the end zone despite throwing on the run. But the ball went right through Funderburk's hands and landed on the Syracuse turf.

Hunt did connect on one deep ball, as he floated a long pass down the sideline with just enough air under it for Alvin Cornelius to dive and make the catch. It was a 42-yard scoring strike that gave the Orange a brief lead.

Another deep pass, off a flea flicker to Chris Clark, would have been a potential scoring toss if not for Clark being held as he tried to turn his route up field. No flag was thrown on the play.

It wasn't all good for Hunt, who still is developing his accuracy in the short and intermediate passing game. He threw behind receivers frequently on quick slants. That bug has hurt him in previous games, resulting in interceptions.

He also threw some intermediate passes behind receivers, or waited too long to release the ball. On a couple of quick bubble screens, he threw high or behind the intended target.

If Hunt is going to continue to develop into a viable option at quarterback for Syracuse with young talent coming in, he must work on his accuracy on the shorter throws. It was the first time this season he showed signs of progress, but there is still a long way to go.

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