Shafer Impressed by Allen Debut

Allen made his first start against Penn State

Syracuse head coach, Scott Shafer, has thrown his support behind Drew  Allen despite the new quarterback’s underwhelming debut in the narrow  defeat to Penn State in the season’s opening game.

But, while the season may not have started as the Orange  faithful would have liked, the sports betting still  appears to suggest Syracuse will be a major force this season.

After his arrival from Oklahoma in the summer, Allen  took the nod over sophomore Terrel Hunt and played the full game in  his first appearance at the MetLife Stadium. While Allen didn’t have  the best of performances in a 23-17 loss — throwing two interceptions  and a modest 16 for 37 for 189 yards — the new Syracuse coach was  impressed with how his quarterback had handled the occasion.

“It was his first start in a long time. It wasn’t  since his high school days that he had the opportunity to play in the  flow of a game. He really hasn’t played a lot of football in the last  four years. I thought he did some good things early. Later, we put him  in some difficult situations.

“But I did like his composure. He never really  got flustered. He kept competing, and the communication was excellent  on the sideline,” admitted Shafer.

The 6-foot-5, 226-pound Allen is a graduate transfer  from Oklahoma with one year of eligibility remaining. During his two  seasons as a back-up quarterback with the Sooners, Allen was 18 for  30 for 160 yards. But the powerful Texan was quickly snapped up by Syracuse  right before preseason training and appears to be Shafer’s first choice  quarterback.

But with his first appearance with his new team-mates  under his belt, Allen will be looking to get himself fully settled into  his new surroundings and give those who bet online something  to think about.

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