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SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Syracuse is unbeaten after one game. That's the good news for the Orange. But there's a lot of not-so-good as the Orange have a bye week to sort things out following a precarious 27-26 victory over Villanova in double overtime. Perhaps the biggest concern was starting quarterback Terrel Hunt punching opposing linebacker Dillon Lucas late in the first half last week, prompting an ejection. Hunt lost his cool after being tackled after a 6-yard run. Syracuse coach Scott Shafer said Hunt can't react that way. ''Terrel and I have talked regarding his flagrant penalty and he fully understands the behavior is not condoned and regrets his action,'' Syracuse coach Scott Shafer said. ''He was dead wrong, and that's why he got penalized and why he got ejected. And the officials made the correct call.'' Shafer said Hunt apologized to the team. ''It hurt him, bad. It was a mistake and he owned up to it,'' Shafer...

Stay the Course: Austin Wilson is Not Ready to Start at QB

Ever since Terrel Hunt threw the punch that ejected him from Friday’s win over Villanova, there has been chatter of him possibly getting benched for Austin Wilson (including here on the Fizz). Sorry to those clamoring for Wilson, but that is simply not the answer right now. Should Hunt have known better and controlled himself? Absolutely. Was Hunt lighting it up against Villanova...

Glass Half Full: It’s Not All Negative for Syracuse Football

The Orange looked underprepared, unmotivated, and at times terrible, against Villanova. If Wildcats kicker Chris Gough had knocked down either a 34-yard field goal or a 25-yarder the Orange would have had one of the most embarrassing losses in recent memory. We know the ugliness by now: Terrel Hunt threw a bonehead punch. Syracuse struggled to stop quarterback John Robertson, and...

Orange Optimism: Syracuse Hopes Backfield Jumpstarts Offense vs. CMU Syracuse had plenty of bad problems Friday night against Nova, but it also actually has a good problem as well. Syracuse has depth at the running back position. We mentioned in the offseason how even with the departure of Jerome Smith, the Orange has a veteran in Prince-Tyson Gulley to step in. Add in Hunt’s legs, Devante McFarlane, George Morris III and Adonis...

Everyone Calm Down: No Reason to Panic After One Game

Lost Letterman Orange fans going crazy after a one-point win over Villanova is a little bit unnecessary. One game at this point in the season does not determine how the rest of the season will go. Syracuse’s night certainly did not go the way most had planned, and that includes Wildcats head coach Andy Talley. His main goal was to leave Central New York with a healthy team. Not...

Ground Delivery: Shafer Must Decide How to Use His RBs

Rich Barnes, USA Today Who will take over the bulk of the Syracuse carries? Jerome Smith had his breakout season last year and then declared for the NFL Draft. Smith, one of the captains on a Syracuse squad that won the Texas Bowl, rushed for just over 900 yards and found the end zone 12 times. Smith’s sophomore season he gained over 1,100 yards, but only scored three touchdowns...

ACC will not punish Syracuse QB for punching Villanova player

Syracuse quarterback Terrel Hunt will not receive additional punishment after he was ejected for punching Villanova linebacker Dillon Lucas in the second quarter of SU's 27-26 double-overtime win on Friday night, an Atlantic Coast Conference spokesperson said on Tuesday. With the Orange leading 10-7 and 3:24 left before halftime, Hunt took a draw play up the middle and was initially...
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