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Eric Dungey leans on identical circumstance, humble persona to take reins of SU offense

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ One team scored 40-plus points and the other was shut out in Eric Dungey’s first snaps as a freshman quarterback, a game he found himself in because of an injury to the starter.He was 15, manning the Lakeridge (Oregon) High School offense against powerhouse Canby (Oregon) in 2011. Lakeridge lost 41-0, forcing a play-in game just to make the 32-team state tournament.“That was getting thrown into the wolves right there,” Dungey said. “But it kind of prepared me for what this is right now.”What this is right now is what nobody expected.Fifth-year senior quarterback Terrel Hunt tearing his Achilles just seven minutes and 27 seconds into the season. A true freshman taking the reins, surrounded by intrigue and uncertainty, guiding Syracuse to a 47-0 win against Rhode Island. A semi-circle of cameras pinning the 19-year-old up against a wall as he gives brief, soft-spoken answers about prepping for a conference opponent just four days after being thrust onto the Carrier Dome turf.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textNobody in Dungey’s inner-circle thought he’d play this year – his mom, dad and high school coach were certain he’d redshirt. At 6-foot-3, his hush is a surprise, his humility an added bonus. Coaches rave about his windmill dunks on the hardwood and mobility on the gridiron. A versatile athleticism complemented by an aura that draws respect from elders he now has to lead.A year ago, Dungey was 2,798 miles away without his name attached to a college, starting a senior season in which SU offensive coordinator Tim Lester needed to see polish. Now, the keys to a reformed offense lie in his hands as Syracuse tries to return to relevance.“Eric Dungey has paid his dues,” fifth-year senior center Rob Trudo said. “He’s our quarterback now.”Syracuse wasn’t going to take a quarterback in the 2015 class, but Lester expanded the search once three-star QB holdover Alin Edouard’s arrival became cloudy. Recruiting director Eric White scoured major recruiting sites and compiled a list of the top 150 uncommitted signal-callers. Lester watched film on each one and Dungey’s tape stuck out.On a visit to Syracuse during last season, Dungey watched practice from the sideline. Scott Shafer approached him to survey his thoughts, and Dungey astutely responded along the lines of, “So coach, ‘Seattle’ is double slant and ‘Fargo’ is clear-out flat,” clarifying what plays coincided with certain calls.“Most young men would say, ‘Oh yeah coach, everything looks good,’” Shafer said. “Right then, I knew, hey, he’s a locked-in guy that watches the game differently than most young people.”That observant, intellectual demeanor lends itself to Dungey’s placidity off the field. His mother, Cindy, says he’s always had a quietness to him, and his father, Tim, says he won’t take over a room at first.Even after heroics, Dungey is tame. He’d just thrown a game-winning touchdown on the last play against Lakeridge’s rival his junior year. Facing the media postgame, Dungey only gave credit to his coaches and the opposing players.“We all kind of followed suit,” Dungey’s high school friend, Andrew DeMonico said. “That was one of the best examples of leadership I’ve ever seen in a high school kid ever.”Speaking with reporters Tuesday, one of Dungey’s answers centered around staying focused for his teammates. Another around Lester and Shafer giving him confidence. Other questions elicited immense praise for Hunt as a mentor and how all to expect on Saturday is for him to do the best for his teammates.Cliché, but by the book. No answer given with any aggression, just a tranquility masking his football flare.“No one wants a quarterback coming in running their mouth right away,” said Taylor Barton, Dungey’s private quarterback coach. “You’ve got to go earn your stripes, and that’s what Eric’s done.”Between the hashmarks is a gunslinger that holds his high school records for most single-season passing yards (2,395), passing touchdowns (22) and career passing yards (10,124). Outside those, a dart with cleats – initially hidden by his height – that ran for 982 yards and 15 touchdowns last year.SU coaches voice full confidence in not having to scale back the playbook, but even Dungey didn’t think he’d become immersed in it this quickly.“When we were visiting with the coaches during all of our visits and what not, (redshirting) was the plan,” Cindy said. “I think Eric had embraced that because he saw the value of having the opportunity to get another year of education paid for.”Even though she thought redshirting was still a possibility as recent as last Friday afternoon, Cindy was planning to fly from Oregon to Syracuse for the game. Eric told her not to – even if he got in at the end of a blowout – since the airfare was too steep. It was the first football game of his she’s ever missed, but now she’ll be seated in the Dome bleachers when her son trots out for his first collegiate start on Saturday.Tim wishes Hunt was still the starter and Eric was redshirting, acknowledging his son will be humbled in the coming weeks, but knowing he can handle it. Lakeridge head coach John Parke expected his former prodigy to get in for the last 15 seconds against the Rams once he was named the No. 2, but now finds himself hoping an increased bulk just isn’t too much.A situation pulled from the realm of the unrealistic is now countered with cautious optimism.Before playing Rhode Island, Lakeridge principal Jennifer Schiele texted Dungey reminding him to slide when he escapes the pocket, which Lester noted he did. Parke mentions how even as a freshman, Dungey served as a role model to older players and how it mimics what he’ll be tasked with.His Lakeridge days have relevance now, just on a bigger stage. It’s a platform the teenager with peach fuzz creeping up his neck now finds himself at the center of, and one that showcases him at the helm of a new era in Syracuse football.“I’ve always been more of the, ‘Let’s see what happens; if it happens, great,’ all the way through high school,” Tim said. “To be honest with you, it’s surreal.” Comments Published on September 10, 2015 at 8:39 pm Contact Matt: [email protected] | @matt_schneidmanlast_img read more

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Ajax crash out of Champions League after defeat by Valencia

first_img“Time puts everyone in their place,” said Rodrigo afterwards. “We made a huge effort against Chelsea and it wasn’t to be but this team never tires of miracles and this is another one.”Ajax were arguably the story of the competition last season when their youthful team went all the way to the semi-finals but there will be no repeat this year.Gabriel Paulista was sent off in injury-time but even against 10 men, they could not find the equaliser they needed.Instead, Valencia not only progress but have earned themselves the best chance of a kind draw when the knock-out stage is decided in Nyon on December 16.It seemed unlikely after they missed a series of golden opportunities to beat Chelsea earlier this month but a 2-2 draw still left them with a chance, even if the odds were not in their favour.They knew they either had to beat Ajax, against whom they had lost 3-0 at home in October, or at least match the result of Chelsea, who always seemed likely to win against Lille at Stamford Bridge.Ajax, meanwhile, began the night two points clear at the top of the group and needed only a draw to go through.Valencia coach Albert Celades, who made his La Liga debut as a player under Cruyff, was now in the dugout of the stadium named after the iconic Dutchman and this will be a major boost for his side, who are eighth in La Liga after a rocky start to the season on and off the pitch.– Brilliant Gaya clearance –“It’s a huge reinforcement for us,” said Celades.Ajax sit three points clear at the top of the Eredivisie but last year’s heroics in the Champions League, and their heartbreaking defeat to Tottenham, meant they had European ambitions too.Rodrigo headed wide from a corner early on but after a frantic start, the game settled, with Ajax dominating possession and Valencia trying to counter-attack.Against the run of play, Valencia took the lead as Rodrigo’s bending run in behind was picked out by a Ferran Torres pass. Rodrigo controlled with his left and fired the ball with his right into the roof of the net.Ajax had to wait until the end of the half for their best chance as Donny van de Beek latched onto Hakim Ziyech’s pass and lifted the ball over Jaume Domenech, only for Jose Gaya to make a brilliant clearance off the line.Rodrigo might have made it two at the other end but it was Ajax that were pushing for an equaliser after the restart as Valencia retreated.Ziyech should have levelled but fluffed his finish at the near post before 20-year-old Noa Lang hooked over from inside the box.Lille pulled a goal back away at Chelsea to give Ajax further hope and they were almost gifted an equaliser by Valencia’s Daniel Wass, who chested the ball away from his own goalkeeper.Ziyech went close with a shot towards the near post and, three minutes into injury time, Gabriel was sent off for thrusting his head into Dusan Tadic.It left Valencia to defend two minutes, and a corner, with 10 men but Ajax could not find a way through.0Shares0000(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Ajax were knocked out of the Champions League on Tuesday after a 1-0 loss at home to Valencia © ANP/AFP / Maurice van STEENAMSTERDAM, Netherlands, Dec 11 – Ajax’s hopes of another fairytale run in the Champions League were dashed on Tuesday as a 1-0 defeat at home to Valencia sent them crashing out and the Spaniards through to the last 16.Rodrigo Moreno’s 24th-minute strike proved the winner at the Johan Cruyff Arena and enough to flip the top three in Group H, with Valencia advancing in first place along with Chelsea, who beat bottom club Lille 2-1.last_img read more

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Younger Loan Applicants Choosing to Remain Conventional

Younger Loan Applicants Choosing to Remain Conventional

first_img The buying habits of millennials—increasingly viewed as crucial in current market conditions—are often described as elusive or hard to pinpoint in today’s “gig economy.” Ellie Mae’s Origination Insight Report provides clarity for those looking to analyze trends in the buying behavior of millennials. This online tool, called Millennial Tracker, shows that 69 percent of all loans in August 2018 taken out by this demographic (defined as those born between the years 1980 and 1999) were conventional loans. That percentage is up 5 points year-over-year, and so far measures higher than it has since 2015. FHA loans for millennials have meanwhile fallen 5 percent, whereas VA loans for millennials haven’t budged from 2 percent overall; 3 percent of all home loans for this age group remain unspecified.Digging deeper into the numbers, it would appear that of these conventional home loans taken out by millennial borrowers, 89 percent in August were for new home purchases—also up 5 percent year-over-year—whereas another 9 percent were taken to refinance (with 1 percent remaining unspecified). This percent for refinancing among millennials is up slightly, just a single percent, and meanwhile days-to-close continues to decrease, with the time interval in August dropping on average to 41: a total single day faster than in July and a total three days faster than in August of last year.Aside from these salient facts, the majority of millennial borrowers are male—nearly outpacing women two-to-one (61 percent to 32 percent; the remainder does not specify gender). FICO scores for millennial borrowers have slowly declined as well, down a single point in the last month (from 723 to 722) and have dropped a total two points since July last year. The average age of all millennials taking out home loans stands at 29.8 percent, up less than half a percent from a year ago. Access the online tool here after registering with Ellie Mae’s website. October 3, 2018 985 Views in Daily Dose, News, Origination Ellie Mae Homebuyer Millennial Millennial Tracker Origination 2018-10-03 Rachel Williamslast_img read more

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