Broyld Shows Flashes in New Role

Ashton Broyld made his debut with a defined role for Syracuse in their season opening loss. He showed flashes of being a dynamic playmaker for the Orange. We break it down inside.

There were many question marks surrounding Ashton Broyld coming into Syracuse's 2013 season. Unclear was which position he would play and how big his role would be in the offense.

In 2012, Broyld was used sparingly and seemed to struggle without a defined role. Throwing too much at him too soon seemed to stunt his development.

After Syracuse's season opening loss to Penn State, those answers became a little more clear. Broyld is the slot receiver for the Orange. That is his primary function within the offense. He is a playmaker that needs to get the ball in space.

He showed improved hands with four catches on the night to lead Syracuse. He had an impressive first down where he faked out two Penn State defenders and broke another's tackle in order to move the chains. That is the kind of playmaking ability the Syracuse offense desperately needs.

On a seam route in the second quarter, he found the open crease and hauled in a bullet from Drew Allen in traffic. He even took a sweep for three yards early in the game. 

Broyld's route running and hands are significantly improved. While he did have a drop in the second quarter on a slant, he showed a knack for getting open in the short and intermediate passing game. With the ball in his hands, he's as dynamic an offensive playmaker as Syracuse has on the roster.

With the offense looking for answers after a lackluster week one performance, look for Broyld to become more involved in the game plan going forward.

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