Breakout Candidates

As the Orange are set to embark on their first season in the ACC, there are several new faces that are poised to break out in 2013. CuseNation.com breaks it all down inside.

There are plenty of new faces around the Syracuse football team as they enter the 2013 season. If the Orange are to achieve their goals, some of those players will have to step up and have breakout seasons in their first in the ACC.

Drew Allen: Under the assumption that Allen is the guy, the senior will have big shoes to fill. If the Orange are to get where they want to go, he has to have a solid year at a minimum. His arm strength combined with his ability to run suggests Allen could have a break out season in 2013.

George Morris: Breakout does not mean Morris will be a 1,000 yard or 15 touchdown rusher. But that doesn't mean he won't have a big impact on the Syracuse season. Not only on the ground, but he has been taking reps as a kick returner. Morris should be a versatile playmaker for the Orange offense.

Jarrod West: While West has been a productive player for Syracuse in the past, this is his first as the top target for the Orange. Trying to replace the contributions of Alec Lemon and Marcus Sales is a monumental task, but West is up for it. He has been solid in the spring and the fall. West should make a run at 1,000 yards.

Adrian Flemming: Finally healthy entering the season, Flemming has had a strong camp and has earned rave reviews from his teammates. His big frame should give smaller corners trouble.

Ashton Broyld: The staff has mentioned on numerous occasions that they have grand plans for Broyld. He could see time at receiver, running back, tight end, and quarterback. 2013 may be when we finally see Broyld's athleticism and playmaking ability in full force after a disappointing 2012.

Ron Thompson: While starting defensive ends Robert Wlesh and Micah Robinson are solid, Thompson may have the most upside. His quick feet could allow him to become the pass rusher the Orange desperately need.

Isaiah Johnson: The true freshman has received praise throughout camp. He will likely be in the rotation at defensive end, and could step up as a major steal for the Syracuse recruiting.

Durell Eskridge: Replacing Shamarko Thomas won't be easy, but Eskridge has size that Thomas didn't. His speed could be utilized as a blitzer, and he can't pack a wallop when he arrives at the ball carrier. He could be a huge factor in helping the Syracuse defense force more turnovers in 2013.

Julian Whigham: His versatility allows the staff to use him at safety and corner. A long, rangy athlete who can run like the wind, Whigham could be a huge factor in the Okie package where he has worked throughout camp. Scott Shafer has singled him out on multiple occasions as someone that has impressed.

Brisly Estime: Estime's speed is something Syracuse just doesn't have. His ability to be dynamic in the return game gives the Orange a weapon they haven't had in a long time. Expect to see Estime make an impact as a situational receiver and on special teams.


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