Syracuse Superlatives - Week Three

Syracuse blew out Wagner 54-0 on Saturday and may have found their quarterback in the process. But there are plenty of other accolades to go around. CuseNation.com breaks down the best and worst from Saturday's win inside.

Syracuse head coach Scott Shafer got the first win under his belt in blowout fashion. There were plenty of accolades to go around on both sides of the ball.

Offense

Top Talent: QB Terrel Hunt – After an all too familiar slow start by the offense, Hunt came in and turned things around. Against an overmatched Wagner squad, Hunt excelled showing poise, confidence and leadership. Hunt went through his progressions extremely well throughout on his way to a 15-18, 264-yard, three touchdown performance. The redshirt sophomore will get the starting nod for the first time in his career against Tulane.

Middle Man: WR Jarrod West – During most weeks, West would get the top talent selection. Saturday evening, West put on a show and reminded everyone why they thought he could step in as a number one wide receiver. Despite mourning the death of his grandfather, he ran good routes, showed solid hands, and even got behind the secondary for a deep ball.

Bottom Feeder: QB Drew Allen – In what has become a theme through three weeks of the season, Allen again is the bottom feeder. On a night when nearly everyone on the offense shined, Allen went three straight possessions without a first down against an FCS opponent. He had negative one yard passing at that point.

Defense

Top Talent: DT Jay Bromley – The senior defensive lineman has had a great start to the season that has been missed because of the team's struggles. He added two sacks against Wagner, bringing his total to three on the season. The big man was a force against the run as well, giving the Seahawks nowhere to run up the middle.

Middle Man: LB Josh Kirkland – Kirkland came off the bench to contribute five tackles, including two for loss. He was strong coming off the edge as a blitzer, and was solid filling the hole. Kirkland is as aggressive as it gets as a linebacker and that was on prominent display on Saturday.

Bottom Feeder: None – This won't happen again most likely, but it was hard to find much fault in the defense this week. With a shutout in the books, we will give them the benefit of the doubt.

Special Teams

Top Talent: P Riley Dixon – Dison had a solid day as a punter, averaging 43-yards per attempt on four punts. He even boomed a 66-yarder which flipped field position in the Orange's favor. He has established himself as the guy.

Middle Man: PR Ritchy Desir – Desir was solid in punt returns, including a long of 16-yards that was close to taking it to the house. He's a steady returner that isn't a big threat for huge returns, but doesn't make mistakes, either.

Bottom Feeder: K Ryan Norton – Filling in for Ross Krautman, Norton missed a makeable field goal badly. He also missed an extra point. An erratic performance, which has always been the knock on Norton.


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