Syracuse Football: 3 biggest questions heading into summer 2020

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2. Will Tommy DeVito take that next step?

Tommy DeVito, one of the best recruits in recent memory for the Orange, had an up-and-down first season as a starter.

DeVito was a four-star recruit out of Don Bosco Prep (NJ) in 2017 and sat behind Eric Dungey for two seasons (one redshirt year). After playing sparingly as a redshirt freshman, DeVito completed 63 percent of his passes in 2019, tossing 19 touchdowns to just five interceptions.

Still, DeVito topped 300 yards just twice and was inconsistent at times. Syracuse combined to score just 26 points against Maryland and Clemson and scored just 114 points in their six conference losses. The ACC is arguably the toughest conference in all of college football, but playing better against the top teams is the next step in DeVito’s development.

DeVito’s ball security is encouraging, as he has thrown just eight interceptions in over 20 career games. Opening up the offense in 2020 is feasible thanks to DeVito’s ability to protect the ball, and the offense is full of downfield weapons.