Rob Report: Syracuse

Our weekly postgame feature gives subscribers a view from the press box as Senior Writer Rob Howe offers his take on the day's action. In this edition, we look at the players that traveled (including the true freshmen), who made key plays that were under the radar, who got nicked up, and much more in this week's package.

Who Made the Trip:

QB - Tate, Manson, Christensen, Farnsworth.

RB - Williams, Brownlee, Busch, McLaughlin, Greene, Ch. Davis, D. Brown, Sims.

WR - Brodell, Christian, Ca. Davis, Douglas, Bowman, Stross, Grigsby.

TE - Moeaki, Sabers, Chandler, Myers, Blum, Majerus.

OL - Richardson, Narinskiy, Eubanks, Meade, Jones, Kuempel, Calloway, Olsen, Elgin, Yanda, Aeschliman, Doering.

DL - Kanellis, Iwebema, Mattison, Bain, Ewen, Jackson, King, Collins, Kroul.

LB - Gabelmann, Klinkenborg, Angerer, Miles, Edds, McGrath, Humpal, Gattas.

DB - Shada, Merrick, Wilson, Godfrey, Fletcher, Edwards, Gardner, Paschal, Moylan, Dalton.

ST - Schlicher, Fenstermaker, Huntrods, Signor, Olsztra.

True Freshmen: Douglas, Bowman and Edds were the only true frosh to make the trip.

Bowman didn't receive any reps that I remember, and Douglas only got several snaps. The latter clearly ran the wrong route on one play. Edds played on special teams.


*Tate dressed but did not play or throw in warm-ups before the game. Ferentz said Tate would give it a go on Tuesday and seemed optimistic that his starter would be able to go next week.

*Tom Busch, who left last week's game with a back injury,

*Mitch King left during the second quarter to have his right thumb worked on by the trainer. He returned on the next series.

*Kyle Schlicher returned after missing last week's game with a leg injury.

*Marcus Paschal left for a series in the third quarter holding his left arm but returned on the next Iowa defensive series.

*Champ Davis limped off of the field late in the third quarter holding his left hamstring. He would return.

Hidden Gems:

*Ryan Majerus hasn't gotten as many reps this season as he had in the past, but he's a strong blocker. He threw a great block to free up Manson on a run before the first Iowa touchdown.

*Harold Dalton replaced a shaken up Paschal early in the third quarter and pulled off a key play. Dalton helped induce a false start on Syracuse on a fourth and short. The home team was then forced to punt.

*Manson really hung in well against the blitz to hit Grigsby on a long pass late in the third quarter.

*Champ Davis threw a wonderful block on a first-down pass play in overtime.

*The SU holder did a great job scooping up a poor snap before the game-tying field goal in regulation.

Extra Points: Back-up kicker Austin Signor handled kickoffs…Miguel Merrick worked out with the receivers in the pregame for a second week in a row…Grigsby and Iwebema started a week after being suspended.

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