SYRACUSE, NY – Syracuse coach Dino Babers said on Tuesday that when the season starts in less than two weeks, the Orange will use two quarterbacks – two-year-old starter Tommy DeVito and double-threat transfer Garrett Shrader.
“We want to play both guys. We’re going to play both guys,” Babers said after practice. “I think the most important thing is that we have to see them both in a game. We have to see the production on the pitch in games. The training is great, but ultimately it’s about who play in the game. have to see how it goes. “
DeVito, a redshirt junior whose experience in Orange’s fast system gives him an advantage, has missed the last seven games of 2020 due to injury. Syracuse finished 1-10 and ended up using three other players in that position – fifth-year senior Rex Culpepper and freshmen JaCobian Morgan and Dillon Markiewicz.
In 24 games over three seasons, DeVito completed 305 of 520 passing attempts for 3,479 yards and 27 touchdowns with 10 interceptions, but took a beating behind an injury-riddled offensive line. Last season, he was sacked 20 times in four games before suffering a season-ending leg injury.
Shrader transferred from Mississippi state, where in 2019 he was one of three freshman quarterbacks to pass for 1,000 yards and rush for 500 yards. He also finished No.28 nationally and No.3 in the Southeastern Conference in yards per completion (13.3).
“He can play with his arms and legs, and the best way to see these types of players is to put them in the game and see how it goes,” Babers said. “The most important thing is that I’m excited that we have two guys that we want to see. I wish we had one. Everyone says if you have two you have none. We will see. . “
Syracuse opens the season in Ohio on September 4.
“If we can start the season with a quarterback and end the season with a quarterback, I think that’s the best thing for everyone involved,” Babers said. “And that’s what we’re trying to do – see if we can get these guys up to 12 games.”