Syracuse football position battle to watch, No. 1: Backup quarterback

first_img Published on August 5, 2016 at 8:39 am Contact Matt: [email protected] | @matt_schneidman The mystery man is Culpepper, the first-year man from Plant High School in Tampa, Florida. He was an early enrollee and hasn’t played in game action since his junior year of high school because he missed his senior campaign with a torn ACL. In the spring, Dungey had high praise for the newcomer.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThis may be a less valuable position for the Orange given Dungey’s seemingly decreased risk of injury resulting from his vows to stay in the pocket. But even so, Dungey could be one hit to the head away from being sidelined and Mahoney or Wilson or Culpepper could be called on just like that.The pecking order on the post-spring depth chart is Mahoney then Wilson then Culpepper, but don’t be surprised if the freshman jumps Wilson as Mahoney and Dungey did to him last year. Comments Related Stories Syracuse football position battle to watch, No. 2: Defensive endSyracuse football position battle to watch, No. 3: Michael Lasker vs. Cody ConwaySyracuse football position battle to watch, No. 4: Kayton Samuels vs. Steven ClarkSyracuse football position battle to watch, No. 5: Rodney Williams vs. Kielan WhitnerSyracuse football position battle to watch, No. 6: Nickel cornerback With Syracuse football training camp less than two days away, The Daily Orange beat writers, Chris Libonati, Jon Mettus and Matt Schneidman, will analyze one of the top 10 preseason storylines, top 10 position battles or reveal one of 10 player files each day. Check out and follow along here to countdown to camp.Now that Eric Dungey is fully healthy, Zack Mahoney returns to the unceremonious role of backup quarterback to start the 2016 season. The walk-on junior has some competition this year, though, in the form of returning redshirt junior Austin Wilson and freshman Rex Culpepper.Mahoney is the likely choice given that he threw for 535 yards and seven touchdowns last year — and the last time Wilson saw significant time was when Terrel Hunt was ejected for punching a Villanova player to begin 2014. Mahoney overtook Wilson in the quarterback pecking order against Central Michigan, when the walk-on led SU to an overtime win after Dungey left mid-game after being hit in the head. Wilson ended up playing in only two games last year, throwing for 49 yards and one touchdown, while Mahoney guided Syracuse to 10-point losses against a pair of top 10 teams in Louisiana State and Clemson.MORE PRESEASON COVERAGE:No. 1 storyline: Dino Babers’ offenseNo. 2 position battle: Defensive endNo. 3 storyline: Can Eric Dungey stay in the pocket Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Gambia Defends Decision to use Players

first_imgThe Gambia has defended its decision to use five players for their African Youth Championship preliminary round qualifier against Liberia at the weekend.The Liberian Football Association appealed against Gambia’s usage of Buba Sanneh, Bubacarr Trawally, Saloum Faal, Ali Sowe and unused substitute Sampierre Mendy in Sunday’s 1-0 win for the young Scorpions with the allegation that the quintet were ineligible to feature in the game.Gambian officials have confirmed using those players even though they were born in 1994 but their own interpretation of the regulations is that a player is eligible to participate in the “qualifiers” as long as they were less than 20 years at the time they participated in a particular match.The GFF acknowledged that Sowe is the eldest of the recent batch of Gambian U-20 who will celebrate his 20th birthday in June, making him ineligible to participate further in the qualifiers, at which point he will be replaced.“We are very much aware of the rules of this competition. We know that in the competition proper, all the players have to be born in 1995 but during the qualifiers, a player is eligible to play as long as he is less than 20. This is U-20 tournament and not U-19 so our players are eligible to play in the game,” Mr. Kebbe Touray of the GFF said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more