Allen to start against Wagner, but Hunt will play

first_img Published on September 10, 2013 at 10:50 pm Contact David: dbwilson@syr.edu | @DBWilson2 Facebook Twitter Google+ Drew Allen will once again be the starting quarterback for Syracuse on Saturday against Wagner. But, once again, he won’t remain in the lineup for the entire 60 minutes.Quarterbacks coach Tim Lester said on Tuesday that Terrel Hunt will get some snaps under center when the Orange plays its first game in the Carrier Dome at 4 p.m.“I know Drew is going to be our starter,” Lester said. “He has the most reps, he’s running the offense well. But Hunt’s going to play. We’ve committed to giving him a shot.”Allen has started each of SU’s first two games, but has thrown six interceptions to just one touchdown. Hunt, meanwhile, played Syracuse’s final series against then-No. 19 Northwestern on Saturday, rushing for his first career touchdown.Hunt was visibly excited on Tuesday, and said that coaches have been giving him a bit of extra attention during practice. He’s once again getting snaps with the first team and felt comfortable during his first appearance of the season.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Drew is kind of down, you know,” Hunt said. “And I just want to get a shot.”He believes he did enough in his one drive to warrant more playing time, and now he’s getting that.Aside from the turnovers, Allen did improve from the Penn State game on Saturday.He completed 27-of-41 passes and threw his first career touchdown. He spoke on Tuesday before it was revealed that Hunt would play, but he knows the reason that he will be benched for part of Saturday.“I know I can play a lot better than I did,” Allen said. “I have full confidence in my ability and full confidence in the offense to do better. Take away those plays and I feel like as a whole we did a great job.”But right now, those mistakes are too glaring. He’s not making up for the turnovers in enough other ways that Syracuse can leave him as the unquestioned starter. He’ll have a chance to fix that, but Hunt’s coming up fast.“Drew’s just got to fix that one major mistake,” Lester said, “that, for us, is the No. 1 thing that we try to avoid.” Commentslast_img read more

Federer Defeats Del Potro in Basel Final

first_imgSwitzerland’s Roger Federer yesterday defeated Argentine Juan Martin Del Potro to win the Swiss Indoors and narrow the gap on world number one Rafael Nadal.Federer’s 6-7 (5-7) 6-4 6-3 win moves him within 1,460 points of the Spaniard before next week’s Paris Masters, the final regular-season event.The 36-year-old claimed an eighth crown in Basel and his seventh title of 2017.Victory for Del Potro would have moved him into the final qualifying place for the ATP finals in London.Having won in Stockholm last week, the world number 19 was targeting back-to-back titles in Basel but it was not to be for the 29-year-old, who remains one place behind Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta.Del Potro must reach at least the semi-finals in Paris to claim the final spot.“It’s unbelievable how well Roger is playing,” said Del Potro. “I hope to be in such shape when I’m his age. But I doubt I will be.”However, Federer pulled out of next week’s Paris Masters following the final to all but end his chances of taking the year-end world number one spot from Rafael Nadal.In Vienna, Frenchman Lucas Pouille secured a comfortable 6-1 6-4 victory over compatriot Jo Wilfried-Tsonga to claim his third title of the season.Tsonga, another contender for the finals in London, is now 295 points behind Carreno Busta with the two remaining places to be decided in the Paris.    Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more