Syracuse’s Shafer in no hurry to name QB
Rookie Syracuse head coach Scott Shafer is biding his time in
picking a starting quarterback.
It’s still a contest between Oklahoma transfer Drew Allen and
junior Terrel Hunt, with the season opener two weeks away.
”Before we kick off against Penn State, I will have a decision
on the quarterback,” Shafer said after the Orange completed a
weeklong preseason stint at Fort Drum in northern New York.
The team went to the Army base for the second straight year
because it gives the players a chance to focus on nothing but
football and the team. The Army helped with several team-building
exercises, from a blind obstacle course to mazes, even a few rounds
Shafer said it was a productive week, which concluded with a
scrimmage on Thursday that left lineup questions unanswered. Allen
finished the scrimmage 10 of 18 passing while Hunt was 9 of 17.
On defense, the Orange looked a little more ready to go as
redshirt freshman defensive end Ron Thompson and sophomore
defensive tackle John Raymon were able to get pressure in the
backfield and sophomore free safety Durrell Eskridge made plays in
the secondary to shut down passes by both quarterbacks.
Shafer said he was pleased with what he saw from his team, but
he’s still looking for improvement, especially at quarterback.
”I was as much interested in their reps with the twos, when
they don’t have guys in front of them that they feel as sound
with,” Shafer said. ”Both guys are doing good things.”
The Orange open the season Aug. 31 against the Nittany Lions at
MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.