Hunt shows poise, decisiveness in win

Terrel Hunt has used the opportunity to be the Syracuse starter this season to develop his game. He has become a solid quarterback for the Orange as the passing game starts to blossom.

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- It may have taken a while, but Terrel Hunt is becoming the quarterback most thought he could be when he took over for Drew Allen early in the season. Something has clicked over the last two weeks.

He has more poise, makes quick decisions and is throwing the ball much more accurately down the field.

A little over two weeks ago, many Syracuse fans couldn't wait until A.J. Long and Alin Edouard came in to battle with Mitch Kimble and Austin Wilson for the starting nod next season. Hunt has proven he will very much factor into that competition.

On Saturday, he threw the ball into tight windows, finding Brisly Estime on one occasion and Josh Parris on another in between multiple Boston College defenders. In weeks past, each of those passes is likely intercepted.

Against Pittsburgh, he showed an improved deep ball, hitting Alvin Cornelius for a long touchdown and having three perfectly thrown passes dropped in the end zone.

Hunt's ability to hurt a team with his legs has always been there. But his development as a quarterback gives him more room to operate as defenses have to respect the air attack of Syracuse.

Staring down his primary target has been a problem in previous weeks, and he has gotten much better over the last two weeks. A sign that the redshirt sophomore, in his first year as a starter, has put in the work behind in the scenes in film study.

Hunt deserves a lot of credit. For his hard work off the field and clear development on it. Without his strong performance on Saturday, completing over 67% of his passes and throwing for 270-yards, the Orange are not able to pull out the last second victory.

A perfect example is in the fourth quarter, with Syracuse trailing 28-24. On first down from the 25, Hunt throws a pass that is deflected into the air back in his direction. He catches it and is immediately tackled for a 16-yard loss. On the very next play, he delivers a strike up the sideline to Quinta Funderburk on a back shoulder throw for 28-yards and a first down.

He utilized the back shoulder throw on a few other occasions on Saturday as well. A new weapon in his arsenal.

Next season, the quarterback battle will be another fun one to watch. For now, Hunt is leading a Syracuse squad most thought would take a step back to its third bowl game in four years.

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