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5 players to watch for on the Syracuse Orange team that Louisville will play on Friday in the first ACC game of the season

Cardinal Authority gets you prepared for this week's ACC opener and the first road game of the season for the Louisville Cardinals. We take a look at five players to watch for on the Syracuse Orange team that the Cardinals will play on Friday night at 8 o'clock in the Carrier Dome.

Syracuse amassed 437 yards passing in a 33-7 win over Colgate last Friday, a win in the first game of the Dino Babers-era.

Now, the Orange are ready to welcome the Louisville Cardinals on Friday night in the first Atlantic Coast Conference game of the season for both teams. The game will be at 8 o'clock in the Carrier Dome.

"We have a lot of room to get better," Babers said on Monday. "We've been out there working really hard at it. I appreciate the effort and enthusiasm they put into the first contest versus Colgate and the way they played the game."

The Orange will now get a test with the Cardinals.

And Cardinal Authority has you covered on all of the takes of the game. Here's a look at five players to watch for on Friday night when Syracuse plays Louisville in the Cardinals' first road game of the season.

1. Eric Dungey, QB, Sophomore

Dungey ran for 45 yards and passed for 158 yards but had two interceptions last season against Louisville. He's improved a ton, according to U of L coach Bobby Petrino, and he showed it last week against Colgate. Running Babers' up-tempo offense, Dungey completed 34 of 40 passes for 355 yards and two touchdowns. He's going to be a handful and will force the Cardinals to play a lot of their dime package.

2. Amba Etta-Tawo, WR, Senior

Wide receiver Ervin Phillips tied Art Monk's single-game record with 14 receptions against Colgate, but Etta-Tawo is the guy opposing coaches think is the big-time difference maker on this offense. The graduate transfer from Maryland also had quite a performance last week with 12 catches for 210 yards and one TD.

3. Zaire Franklin, LB, Junior

The middle linebacker led the Orange with 81 tackles last season and started with four, including one tackle for a loss, last week in the win over Colgate. Franklin makes plays all over the field and will have to be the leader and force against the Cardinals.

4. Brisly Estime, WR/Ret., Senior

Estime is listed as a second-team wide receiver but is so dangerous in the return game. The 5-foot-9, 185-pound Estime was the team's only All-ACC selection - on the third team - for his work on special teams. Estime finished second nationally last season in punt return average (18.1) and tied for second in the country with two punt returns for touchdowns. He totaled 937 combined kick return yards (665 kickoff, 272 punt), which ranked him No. 11 in FBS last season. The Cardinals need to keep a close eye on Estime at all times.

5. Chris Slayton, DT, Sophomore

The 6-foot-4, 300-pound was an honorable mention freshman All-American last season and started off the new year with two sacks against Colgate. He played in 12 games last season, is a big, strong kid and had 22 tackles a year ago with six sacks. Lamar Jackson will need to keep an eye on Slayton the entire time as the Cardinals' must block him.


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