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Tim Lester Says Zack Mahoney is "The Guy" for Saturday

Sep 23, 2015

Syracuse offensive coordinator Tim Lester said Tuesday that sophomore walk-on transfer quarterback Zack Mahoney is "the guy" for Saturday's game against LSU.

After Eric Dungey left last week's game against Central Michigan with an "upper-body" injury, Mahoney and fellow sophomore quarterback Austin Wilson split time on the field. But Lester indicated that SU's offense will be Mahoney's on Saturday.

"Right now, Zack's the guy that's shown the most and he's the most consistent with what we're doing. We're confident that he can execute all facets of our offense."

Not in any Syracuse football fan's worst nightmare would this happen.

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Terrel Hunt lay on the Carrier Dome turf after a two-yard scramble midway through the first quarter and was being attended to by trainers. He grabbed his helmet with hands. The trainers then had to help him to the sideline as Hunt didn't put pressure on his right leg. 

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  Zaire Franklin fielded the same questions and gave similar responses at both the Atlantic Coast Conference Media Day and Syracuse's opening press conferences.

"I can't believe that I'm here," he told a room full of reporters at ACC Media Day in July. "It's almost surreal that I'm sitting in front of you guys."

The Syracuse offense could only score one touchdown during the team's annual Spring Game on Saturday against a defense that lost seven starters to graduation. 

The day began with a 6-on-7 skeleton drill and some special teams work, but most of the time was spent on live scrimmaging.

Here are a few takeaways from that scrimmage:

Terrel Hunt Struggles

First, defensive tackle John Raymon beat the odds by recovering from a severe knee injury faster than anyone expected.

On Saturday, he helped the Orange (3-4) beat the Demon Deacons by assisting on Syracuse’s second defensive touchdown of the day.

"I’m very excited," Raymon said this week on returning to football.  "My team’s excited, my coaches are excited and I feel like we’re all in a good place and we’re all on the same page now. I’m happy I’m back."


The AJ Long era has officially begun.

With a pair of injured quarterbacks, Scott Shafer now turns to his third-string passer to try to end a four game losing streak, save Syracuse’s season and, possibly, save his own job. 

Syracuse couldn’t upset top-ranked Florida State last week, but Long impressed in his college debut.  The true freshman completed 16-of-27 passes for 167 yards against the Seminoles along with two touchdowns and two interceptions.  It was a rare bright spot for the Orange, who’s lost each of its last four games by at least ten points. 

It hasn’t been another season of blowouts for Florida State, but they’ve done enough to do what many of the highest ranked teams haven’t – win.  The reigning national champions comes to the Carrier Dome to face a Syracuse team that has lost its last three games. The Seminoles, meanwhile, haven’t lost since the 2012 season.

“There’s a reason why they’ve won 21 in a row: great coaching and great players,” Scott Shafer said.  “We have a daunting task in front of us, but we're looking forward to it.”


Syracuse's offense will have a new quarterback this week, after Terrel Hunt fractured his fibula against Louisville.

When Syracuse hosts No. 1 Florida State on Saturday, the offense will have a new coordinator, as well.


Syracuse quarterback Terrel Hunt will miss the next 4-6 weeks with a fractured fibula, coach Scott Shafer announced on Monday.

Hunt needed to be helped off the field after getting hit twice during the fourth quarter of Syracuse's 28-6 loss to Louisville.  He initially waved off SU training staff, but struggled to put weight on his left leg.