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.
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.
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.
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.