New Look Orange: Is Scott Shafer a Great Leader or Just Desperate?

Scott Shafer has had some rocky starts to his tenure at Syracuse. He named fifth-year transfer Drew Allen as his starting quarterback to begin last season. That lasted only two weeks because Allen was so ineffective. Shafer changed his mind amid public pressure and decided to let the younger, inexperienced Terrel Hunt lead the team under center. This season the team has been mired...
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October 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Week 2, D.A.’s Knee-Jerk Reaction: Syracuse Pummeled by Northwestern

Drew Allen looks in over his head. The Wildcats defense completely befuddled him, and Allen has now thrown 6 picks in 2 starts. Not sure Terrel Hunt is quite as good as that touchdown drive he led late, but he can’t be a worse option than Allen right now, can he? Not to get too far ahead of ourselves here, but the math is not good for Syracuse to get to a bowl game after the 0-2...
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September 08, 2013  |  Discuss

High Alert: Allen Stumbles in 1st Start, What if it Happens Again Saturday?

The first game of the Drew Allen era at Syracuse is in the books, and it was, interesting, to say the least. The offense struggled to move the ball, only scoring touchdowns after a 55-yard pass and a long interception return set them up with extremely short fields. Even then, the Orange could only score on running plays. Allen finished the game just 16/37 for 189 yards, which is...
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September 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Allen, Syracuse fall short against Penn St 23-17

Drew Allen's first start for Syracuse began well, completing his first five passes and showing off the strong arm that had Orange fans excited about the transfer for Oklahoma. From there, he was spotty, throwing a couple of interceptions and finishing 16 of 37 for 189 yards as the Orange lost 23-17 to Penn State on Saturday. Allen hasn't made Syracuse fans forget Ryan Nassib yet...
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August 31, 2013  |  Discuss

Allen starts at QB for Syracuse

Drew Allen is starting at quarterback for Syracuse against Penn State. Allen and Terrell Hunt competed for the starting job through preseason practice and new coach Scott Shafer decided to keep his starter a secret until the Orange offense took the field in the opener. Allen is a graduate transfer from Oklahoma and a former blue chip high school prospect. The senior was 18 for 30...
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August 31, 2013  |  Discuss

Fizz 5: Top Questions Facing Syracuse Heading into the Season Opener

Anxiety may the word to describe the feeling of Syracuse’s preseason heading into the fall. Scott Shafer heads a brand new staff with a group of unproven players in the ACC. There are position battles left and right, including defensive line and wide receiver. The quarterback competition is still a mystery. The Orange opens up against a very good football team, and an age old rival...
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August 26, 2013  |  Discuss

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...
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August 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Rookie Syracuse coach facing big challenge in ACC

New head coach, new quarterback, almost new staff, and new conference. Any way you cut it, the Syracuse Orange have a lot of challenges entering their first season in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Doug Marrone's departure to become the coach of the Buffalo Bills in January left Scott Shafer, his successor, in somewhat of a bind. Whether the staff Shafer has assembled can keep the...
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August 13, 2013  |  Discuss

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