After a 3-9 campaign just last season, grtting a win to start out the year was prominent for the Syracuse Orange. Head coach Scott Shafer inherited this job two years after Doug Marrone went to the NFL. In Shafer’s first season, the Orange went 7-6 and won the Texas Bowl. However, in Year 2 of the Shafer experiment, Syracuse flopped to a lowly 3-9 record. Nevertheless, the Orange are an extremely young football and while Rhode Island wasn’t that great of an opponent, it’s still huge that the team came out and won big in Week 1.
Well, there was a lot of good. While true freshman Eric Dungey was going to get some playing time at some point in this game, he was really thrown into the fire from the get-go, as star quarterback Terrel Hunt left the game with an achilles injury within a few plays into the game. Because of all the injuries Syracuse had on the offensive line last season, the Orange had a ton of experience upfront and it showed, as the Orange ran for 352 yards on 58 carries as well as two touchdowns.
With the duo of Jordan Fredericks and Jacob Hill, Dungey didn’t have to take many shots and he basically saw soft defenses all game because the Rams had to load the box to stop the run. Regardless, Dungey was 10 for 17 for 114 yards and two touchdowns. The coaching staff has been raving about Dungey for awhile now and if Hunt’s injury is serious, the Orange will need consistent production from their true freshman. Another thing to know is that the Orange held the Rams to just 64 yards of total offense as well as just two first downs.
To be particularly honest, there wasn’t much bad from this game and that was expected. The Orange were going up against a Rhode Island team that was 1-11 in 2014. They were also going up against a quarterback who had transferred from Victor Valley Community College. Besides a thrown interception in the first few minutes of the game, this really was a one-sided affair on Friday night.
Star senior quarterback Terrel Hunt suffered an achilles injury. He was seen on the sidelines minutes after with crutches and as Coach Shafer said after the game:
"He just cut really hard, and that Achilles just popped on him," head coach Scott Shafer said. "They said it was an Achilles injury, and it's not good.”
Just a year ago, Hunt broke his leg and missed the last six games of the year. In his absence, the Orange went 1-5. Despite the injury, the Orange love what they have in DUngey and if he is in fact the quarterback of the future, he’ll have the chance to show his worth if Hunt is sidelined for the course of the year.