Syracuse football returns as Team Orange defeats Team White 14-0 in the Spring Showcase

Eric Dungey tosses a touchdown for Team Orange

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (Syracuse Athletics) -  

Safety Antwan Cordy returned an interception 40 yards for a score and quarterback Eric Dungey tossed a 35-yard touchdown pass to lead Team Orange past Team White 14-0 in Syracuse's 2017 Spring Showcase Saturday, April 22 at the Carrier Dome.

The scrimmage, played with a running clock and lasting just over an hour, completed Syracuse's spring practice season. Team Orange was made up of the first-string offense and defense. Team White was comprised of the second offensive and defensive units.

Both defenses were stingy throughout the morning. The Orange defense came up with the day's biggest play, a first-quarter interception by Cordy that he returned for the scrimmage's first score. Safety Evan Foster added a pick and a 12-yard return, and linebacker Zaire Franklin recovered a fumble. The Orange defenders added two quarterback sacks, including 1.5 by defensive lineman Kendall Coleman. Foster led the group with four total tackles. The unit held Team White to minus-6 yards rushing on 16 attempts.

The White defense also forced two turnovers. Linebacker Ryan Guthrie intercepted a Dungey pass and safety Rodney Williams recovered a fumble. Linebacker Troy Henderson led the squad with four total tackles. In addition, Team White limited Team Orange to 34 yards rushing on 14 carries.

Dungey completed 8-of-14 passes for 99 yards, including the 35-yard scoring strike to wide receiver Devin C. Butler. Receivers Steve Ishmael and Sean Riley added two receptions apiece for Team Orange.

Rex Culpepper, Zack Mahoney and Mo Hasan each took snaps at quarterback for Team White. Culpepper had the most success, completing 7-of-13 passes for 60 yards. Tight end Jesse Conners led the White receiving corps with a game-high three catches for 53 yards. Receivers K.K. Hahn and Jamal Custis each made two receptions.

Now that spring practice has concluded, Syracuse turns its attention to summer conditioning.

The team reports to preseason camp in August and the 2017 season gets underway Friday, Sept. 1 at home against Central Connecticut State. This year's schedule features seven home dates, including Atlantic Coast Conference games against Pittsburgh (Oct. 7), Clemson (Oct. 13), Wake Forest (Nov. 11) and Boston College (Nov. 25).

 


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