Terrel Hunt: 167-273 (61.2%), 1,638-yards, 10-touchdowns, 8-interceptions, 500-rushing yards, 7-rushing touchdowns
What We Know
Hunt, at a minimum, will be a solid quarterback who can help Syracuse navigate the schedule. He generally will not make the critical mistakes to beat you and has a knack for late game heroics. Hunt saved the 2013 season by coming in for Drew Allen and giving the Orange the extra pop they needed to get to the six win mark.
Entering camp this season, Hunt was the clear-cut starter, a stark contrast to last fall’s position battle. Taking all of the starter’s reps both in spring and this fall has helped Hunt within his more defined role. But more than that, it is clear he put in the offseason work to improve as the leader of the Syracuse offense.
Hunt looks more poised in the pocket, has a better understanding of the offensive system and has improved his down the field accuracy. Each of these were hindrances to his game during the previous campaign. That improvement still has to translate into game action but there is hope that the Syracuse offense can take a significant step forward this season.
Who is the backup? That is the biggest questions mark facing this group. A.J. Long seemed to be pulling ahead, but a shoulder injury allowed Austin Wilson to make up some ground. It looks like he could be the primary backup to Hunt. Regardless, Syracuse does not want to lose their starter as there is a significant gap in ability right now.
Still, it is impressive that Long was able to make up ground and pass two players who had been in system for more than a year. Hopefully for Syracuse fans, they don’t have to find out if any are ready for game action.
Long and Kimble are the more mobile options, but Wilson may have the best arm.
Assuming Hunt stays healthy throughout the entire season, he has the ability to take a big step forward in his development. The quarterback position should be a position of major strength. Look for Hunt to break the 2,000-yard mark while throwing for more touchdowns as well.