Syracuse Football: Not time for QB change yet, but it’s getting closer to one

Syracuse football is 0-2 and has scored one touchdown, and some believe that the starting quarterback job is now up for grabs.

Syracuse football starting quarterback Tommy DeVito, a redshirt junior, has really struggled through two games. Then again, as the Orange has gone 0-2 and managed only 16 points, the entire offense has looked woeful.

So that begs the question: should the ‘Cuse make a change at quarterback, benching DeVito in favor of back-up Rex Culpepper, a redshirt senior, or another Orange reserve QB?

I took that question to social media, and Syracuse fanatics on Facebook and Twitter, for the most part, are pretty adamant that the ‘Cuse has nothing to lose in putting Culpepper or another quarterback in ahead of DeVito.

For me, personally, I still think that this is DeVito’s job, but another stinker performance this coming Saturday afternoon in the home opener versus Georgia Tech would absolutely change my perspective.

Syracuse football starting quarterback Tommy DeVito shouldn’t get benched – just yet.

What frustrates me about DeVito is that I believe he possesses a nice skill-set. At times, he runs well. DeVito simply doesn’t seem all that comfortable in the pocket, and he’s not confident in his decision-making.

Sure, some catchable passes have gotten dropped by wide receivers, and the offensive line has allowed 14 sacks in two Atlantic Coast Conference affairs. But DeVito is a combined 22-of-46 for 144 passing yards with zero touchdowns and one interception.

His quarterback rating at No. 25 Pittsburgh this past Saturday afternoon, in a 21-10 loss, was 7.9. A week before that, in a 31-6 setback at then-No. 18 North Carolina, his QBR was 23.8. That’s truly awful.

Culpepper, after DeVito got banged up some versus the Panthers, facilitated the Orange securing its first and only touchdown so far in this young season, when Culpepper threw a 69-yard TD pass.

Save for that achievement, Culpepper in total is 7-of-16 for 110 yards in the first two encounters. He has that one touchdown pass and one interception. His quarterback rating isn’t all that much better than DeVito’s.

Neither DeVito nor Culpepper is faring well, and that’s why some Syracuse football fans say that head coach Dino Babers should look to another quarterback, such as redshirt freshman David Summers, freshman Dillon Markiewicz or freshman JaCobian Morgan.

Let’s see if DeVito can right the ship against the Yellow Jackets. If he doesn’t, the Orange quarterback debate will undeniably intensify.

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