Countdown to Camp: Eric Dungey has shown he can lead Syracuse’s offense, but can he do it for a full season?

first_imgSyracuse football’s training camp begins July 30. Every day leading up to camp, The Daily Orange’s football beat writers will take a look at some of the upcoming season’s most pressing storylines, players and position battles. Read more on the Countdown to Camp here.For the second straight offseason, the questions surrounding Eric Dungey have nothing to do with his play.The junior quarterback averaged 297.7 passing yards per game and had 293 rushing yards for the season. He accounted for 21 touchdowns. Yet Dungey missed considerable time. For the second straight year, he missed the last three games of the season due to “upper-body injury.”Dungey took a step forward last year as a quarterback despite learning a new system from the year prior. His second year in Dino Babers up-tempo offense should help him solidify his spot in the upper echelon of Atlantic Coast Conference quarterbacks. The one hurdle he’ll have to overcome to get there is his health.Before last season, Dungey pledged to try to stay in the pocket more. In the second game of the season against Louisville, he tried hurdling a defender and got flipped over in the process. After the upset victory over Virginia Tech in mid-October, Babers’ said the offense needed Dungey’s running ability.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“At certain times, we’re willing to put him at risk,” Babers said at the postgame press conference, pausing before saying risk. “I would love to play a game where our quarterback never has to run the ball. I’d love to play a game where our quarterback never gets touched. And I have played games like that. But right now, at this time … we have to be calculated and we need his legs in our offense.”Jessica Sheldon | Staff PhotographerThe SU offense was much more dynamic with Dungey running, especially because there wasn’t much production from the running backs. With two big receiving weapons next year, and a still-young offensive line, it appears Dungey’s legs will still need to be a crucial component of the SU attack.There are some positives. For the second straight year, Dungey bulked up in the offseason before spring ball. And last year, he more often slid and ran out of bounds to avoid hits than he did in 2015. He will need to continue to do that consistently.But he missed the end of each of the past two seasons after taking shots to the head. Should the hits keep piling up, Dungey’s career could be in jeopardy.He seems poised to play at a high level this season. Based on his past, though, it’s unclear if he’ll be available for all of it. Comments Published on July 28, 2017 at 10:23 am Contact Tomer: | @tomer_langer Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Khris Middleton: Bucks are itching for NBA playoffs

first_img Related News Khris Middleton says the Bucks are “itching for the playoffs” and motivated by taking their game to another level rather than merely clinching the No. 1 seed.The Eastern Conference leaders improved to 53-18 with a 115-101 victory over the struggling Lakers on Tuesday. James Harden becomes first player to score 30 or more points against every opponent in one season Clippers coach Doc Rivers denies report he’s interested in Lakers jobcenter_img Middleton led the Bucks with 30 points and later said that his team is hungry to ensure it will hit new heights. “The guys are itching for the playoffs, but we just have to stay day-to-day and do the things that have gotten us into this position,” the small forward said. “Keep working hard and keep wanting to get better, as an individual and as a group.” The Bucks have a nice cushion over the second-placed Raptors (50-21) with 11 games to play in the regular season, but Middleton says securing the top spot in the East is not the priority.”We haven’t talked about that at all,” he said. “What we knew when we clinched the playoff spot is we need to focus on the right now.”I think the boys are doing a good job of finding ways to get better heading into the playoffs rather than waiting for the playoffs or find ways or do certain things.””Guys are itching for the playoffs, but we have to stay day to day and do the things that have gotten us to this position.”— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) March 20, 2019last_img read more


first_imgShay GivenShay Given’s hopes of traveling to Euro 2016 took a knock today when he was forced off the field while playing for Stoke in the Premier League.The Lifford man is thought to have suffered a suspected groin strain.The injury will not help his cause of trying to impress Ireland boss Martin O’Neill.Given had conceded two goals in the opening half as Stoke went down 4-0 to Man City. GIVEN GETS EURO 2016 SCARE AFTER INJURY was last modified: April 23rd, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more