Syracuse Superlatives - Week Four

Syracuse picked up a big win on Saturday as the Orange evened their record at two wins and two losses. CuseNation.com breaks everything down by analyzing the best and worst from the week four victory.

Syracuse continued the momentum from a week three into week four as the Orange blew out Tulane 52-17. There was plenty of praise to go around once again with a strong performance in all three phases.

Offense

Top Talent: QB Terrel Hunt – It seems a bit repetitive, but Hunt was, once again, the man that made it all work. He made good decisions, went through his progressions, delivered an accurate ball throughout, and led another big offensive performance. Hunt threw for four touchdowns and ran for another, leading the Syracuse offense to 42 first half points.

Middle Man: FB Clay Cleveland – The often forgotten man, Cleveland had his moment in the sun on Saturday when he caught two touchdowns. He was also strong as a lead blocker for an Orange rushing attack that topped 200 yards.

Bottom Feeder: WR Jeremiah Kobena – This is nitpicking, but Kobena did drop a catchable pass. He also struggled a bit on comeback routes. He tends to sit in a spot rather than continue to come back to the ball. That could be an issue against stronger opponents.

Defense

Top Talent: DT Eric Crume – While had had a nice moment on special teams with a punt block, Crume was active defensively. He collapsed the pocket on a number of occasions, finishing with one sack. He also strong against the run, clogging the interior running lanes for Tulane. Crume made life very difficult on the Green Wave offense.

Middle Man: CB Julian Whigham – The young corner grabbed his first career interception on an underthrown pass while filling in for Brandon Reddish in the second half. He was also soid in coverage.

Bottom Feeder: CB Ri'Shard Anderson – Justyn Shackleford victimized Anderson on a few plays in the first half. Anderson simply showed poor coverage and ball skills. The Orange's overall defense masked this to some extent. Despite being a starter, Anderson may be Syracuse's fourth best cover corner.

Special Teams

Top Talent: S Darius Kelly – Kelly made a big play early with a blocked punt. Utilizing perfect technique, Kelly was able to get around a would-be blocker to get to the ball as it left the punters leg.

Middle Man: DT John Raymon – Another strong play on special teams, Raymon was able to end Cairo Santos made field goals streak by blocking his second quarter attempt. It was a nice play by the versatile defensive lineman, who was able to exploit a weakness discovered during film study over the week of preparation.

Bottom Feeder: S Ritchy Desir – Desir was underwhelming as a punt returner in this one, totaling negative two yards on three attempts.


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