Senior QB RJ Anderson is having a very good year and he has done it with his arm and his legs. He has completed 97 of 156 passes for 1,103 yards and 7 TD's. He's getting the job done rushing the football also with 205 yards on 49 carries for 4.2 yards per carry and 3 TD's.
Anderson's top receiving threat is senior Johnnie Morant. At 6-5 and 223 pounds with excellent speed, he is a tough matchup for any defensive back. Morant has 26 catches for 490 yards and 4 TD's. He has an 18.8 yards per catch average.
On defense, Syracuse features a defensive line that returns all 4 starters from last season. Senior NT Christian Ferrara is the leader of the defense. Senior LB Rich Scanlon is third in the Big East in tackles.
Syracuse returns 6 starters on each side of the ball this season and most are on the line units - 4 of the 5 starting offensive linemen and all 4 starting defensive linemen. They went 4-8 last season and finished 2-5 in the Big East, including a triple overtime win over Virginia Tech and a 48-24 loss to Pitt.
Larry Fitzgerald can tie the NCAA consecutive games TD receiving record (13) held by Charles Rogers if he catches a TD Saturday. The Panthers are coming off a 42-32 win over Rutgers that saw them take a 42-7 halftime lead, but then let Rutgers back in the game with a poor second half performance.