Terrel Hunt had a start to his season no one saw coming. The normally calm, collected leader of the Orange was ejected against Villanova for throwing a punch. Over the last two weeks, players and coaches alike have insisted the incident was behind Hunt and that he would bounce back the next time he hits the field.
He did that and more on Saturday, throwing for 175-yards and one touchdown while rushing for 92-yards and three more scores. Hunt was superb on Saturday, throwing accurate passes all over the field. Quick reads, bullet passes, perfect spirals, perfect ball placement were themes all afternoon.
Hunt then did what he has done consistently since taking over as the starting quarterback. He hurt the opposing defense with his legs. Tying a career high, Hunt ran for 92-yards and a career-high three touchdowns. He also had a career long with a 36-yard rush.
He was the best player on the field throughout Saturday's decisive 40-3 win over the Central Michigan Chippewas. It may have been the best Hunt has looked throughout his career in terms of accuracy, zip on the ball, reading the defense and decision making. Even more impressive was a play late in the game that tested the maturity he promised to have after the punching incident.
A Central Michigan player got in Hunt's face after a play. Hunt's reaction? Simply pointing to the scoreboard and walking away. A move that proves the week one ejection was out of character for Syracuse's leader. A bounce back performance ensued on Saturday with a little bit of redemption.
Hunt looked to be every bit of the improved quarterback we saw during fall training camp. That bodes well for the Orange's hopes going forward.