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‘Cuse confirms Terrel Hunt will remain QB starter

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Not that there was much mystery involved to begin with, but the question marks surrounding the quarterback position at Syracuse have been answered.

As expected, offensive coordinator George McDonald has confirmed to ESPN.com that Terrell Hunt will remain the Orange’s man under center.  While Hunt ended last season in that position, the competition was open once again this spring.

McDonald said Hunt’s growth throughout the spring locked down the job once again for the player.

“He’s had a really good spring,” McDonald said of the incumbent. “He’s doing a lot of things he wasn’t able to do last spring. For him, the game that made him a lot more comfortable was the Minnesota game. He’s really built off that game. He’s playing at a different level this spring.”

Hunt ultimately started the final 10 games of the 2013 season after Oklahoma transfer Drew Allen, who started the first three, was benched for poor performance.  In addition to throwing for over 1,600 yards and 10 touchdowns, Hunt was also second on the team with 500 yards rushing and seven touchdowns on the ground.

Terrel Hunt to start at QB for Syracuse against Tulane

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Syracuse has found a new quarterback.

A couple days after he went 15 of 18 for 265 yards and three touchdowns in a 54-0 win over FCS foe Wagner, Terrel Hunt has been named the Orange’s starter against Tulane this coming Saturday, head coach Scott Shafer said on Monday.

It will be the sophomore’s first career start.

Drew Allen has started all of Syracuse’s games at quarterback so far this season, but his performance has been less than stellar. Allen already has six interceptions and has thrown just two touchdown passes. He has a passer rating of 101.26.

Hunt has been far more proficient as his backup, completing 17 of 22 passes on the season with three touchdowns and no interceptions. His passer rating is 231.85.  He took over against Wagner after Allen failed to get a first down on ‘Cuse’s first three possessions.

Meanwhile, Hunt has led the Syracuse offense on touchdown marches on all seven of his drives this season.  That’s a pretty impressive number, so perhaps Hunt is the spark that the 1-2 Orange needs as it gets ready to head into ACC play three weeks from now against No. 3 Clemson.

CFT Predicts: the ACC

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As the 2013 season draws near, we peek into our crystal ball and guess project how each of the five major conferences will play out. Today, we examine the ACC.  

While we’re at it, be sure to check out our other conference predictions: SECBig Ten, Pac-12

Atlantic Division

1. Clemson (Last year: 11-2; beat LSU in Chick-fil-A Bowl) 
What happened last season?
The Tigers shook their ‘Clemsoning’ curse and previous Orange Bowl loss to West Virginia by going 11-2 and beating LSU in the Chick-fil-A Bowl.

So why are they ranked here?
Offense, offense, offense. And some offense sprinkled in. Quarterback Tajh Boyd is a legitimate Heisman candidate and he’ll have Sammy Watkins to throw to for a third straight year. Watkins had a bit of a sophomore slump in 2012 — at least by his standards — because of a variety of issues, from a suspension to injuries, but he still finished second on the team in receiving yards. His touchdown production should rise again after getting in the end zone just four times.

Anything else?
The defense improved under first-year coordinator Brent Venables. With as good as the Tigers offense projects to be, there’s more wiggle room on that side of the ball. Also, can Clemson finally beat South Carolina after dropping four straight games?

2. Florida State (Last year: 12-2; beat NIU in Orange Bowl) 
What happened last season?
The ‘Noles won the ACC and beat NIU in the Orange Bowl. They also pulled their annual head-scratcher by losing to North Carolina State. The circle never ends, it seems.

So why are they ranked here?
Talent isn’t a question Tallahassee, but there are a lot of new faces. Redshirt freshman Jameis Winston has a ton of upside at the quarterback spot, it just remains to be seen at this point how he handles his first year as starter. Wide receiver depth is becoming an issue too. The defensive line loses two pass rushers in Tank Carradine and Bjoern Werner, but that’s an area stacked — almost unfairly — with capable players.

Anything else?
Florida State had a whopping 11 NFL draft picks in April, but Jimbo Fisher also had to replace roughly half his coaching staff. That’s a lot of turnover and it’ll be interesting to see how players and coaches jell this year.

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Ex-Sooners QB will transfer to Syracuse

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Following a recent visit with Syracuse, former Oklahoma quarterback Drew Allen appears he is ready to finish his collegiate career with the Orange.

According to Michael Cohen of The Post-Standard, citing a source within the program, Allen will transfer to Syracuse following his graduation from OU in May. Assuming the report comes to fruition — Allen confirmed the move to ESPN’s Joe Schad, though Syracuse has not formally commented on it — Allen will be able to play immediately for his final year of eligibility.

Bruce Feldman of CBSSports reported last month that Syracuse was one of three schools, along with Arkansas State and Maryland, on Allen’s visit list. However, ESPN’s Joe Schad reported later that Maryland was not interested in Allen.

A three-star member of OU’s 2009 recruiting class, Allen was rated by Rivals.comas the No. 15 pro-style quarterback in the country.  He attempted just 30 passes during his time in Norman.  In late january, Allen was granted a release from his OU scholarship.

One more visit, then transfer decision for ex-OU QB Drew Allen

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To where that visit will be, though, remains to be seen.

In the middle of last month, a report surfaced that former Oklahoma quarterback Drew Allen would be visiting three FBS programs — Arkansas State, Maryland and Syracuse — although no time frame for the visits were given.  According to ESPN.com‘s Joe Schad, one of those trips has taken place as Allen traveled to the Orange recently and met with the staff.

Per Schad, Allen will visit one more football program this week, although a specific name was not given.  Subsequent to the report linking Allen to the aforementioned schools, a source denied the Terps were interested in the player.

Whether that means Arkansas State will be in line for a visit or another “mystery” team is involved in the chase remains to be seen.  Allen, Schad writes, hopes to finalize his decision as early as next week.

A three-star member of OU’s 2009 recruiting class, the 6-5, 226-pound Allen was rated by Rivals.comas the No. 15 pro-style quarterback in the country.  He attempted just 30 passes during his time in Norman, with none of those coming during the 2012 season.  In late january, Allen was granted a release from his OU scholarship.

As Allen will graduate from OU in May, the San Antonio product will be eligible to play immediately at an FBS school, provided he enrolls in a grad program not offered at his previous school.