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Wednesday, September 3, 2014
ACC morning links

By Matt Fortuna

Syracuse dodged a minor bullet Tuesday, as the Orange learned they will have their starting quarterback with them when they take the field again in two weeks.

Terrel Hunt will not face additional punishment from the ACC after being ejected from Friday's opener, a conference spokesperson confirmed to ESPN.com. Hunt, as most know by now, threw a punch in the second quarter, leaving the officials with little choice but to dismiss him.

Getting Hunt back for the Sept. 13 tilt at Central Michigan is big for Syracuse, which struggled mightily in defeating FCS Villanova in its double-overtime opener. Hunt's numbers in that contest were nearly identical to those of Austin Wilson, as Hunt went 10 of 17 for 94 yards and Wilson went 11 of 17 for 89 yards. Still, Hunt added another 25 yards on the ground, and it was clear that the offense missed his presence after he was ejected.

Offensive coordinator George McDonald had said that "90 percent" of the gameplan was meant for Hunt. Given the circumstances, Wilson was solid. He did nothing fancy. He protected the football. In the end, he gave the Orange just enough to win.

But this is Hunt's offense, as we had been told so many times this summer. The redshirt junior certainly looked ready to take that next step at the end of last season, and now he needs to show signs that he is capable of just that.

Perhaps a bye week couldn't have come at a better time for Hunt or his team. Time will only tell.

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