Syracuse Superlatives - Week Seven

Syracuse got an important road win on Saturday over N.C. State to mark their first ACC win in school history. breaks down the best and worst from the victory inside.

Syracuse won their third game of the year, and first in conference, on Saturday with a 24-10 defeat of North Carolina State. There were positive and negative performances in the victory.


Top Talent: RB Prince-Tyson Gulley – It only took nine carries to surpass 130-yards on the ground for Gulley. He added a touchdown in the fourth quarter that put the Orange ahead for good. In addition the scoring run, Gulley had two long runs that set up 10 Syracuse points.

Middle Man: RB Jerome Smith – Smith combined with Gulley to form a dynamic one-two punch on the ground against the Wolfpack. He ran with power and showed explosion through the hole on his way to 140-yards on 19 carries.

Bottom Feeder: QB Terrel Hunt – While Hunt provided 92-yards on the ground, he struggled through the air throwing two interceptions. Hunt is still a young quarterback who continues to develop. But for now, he must work on his accuracy going forward.


Top Talent: DT Jay Bromley – Bromley continues to be a force along the defensive line. He helped collapse the pocket several times on Saturday as well as made plays to shut down the N.C. State rushing attack. The senior captain also had a strip sack late in the game.

Middle Man: LB Marquis Spruill – Spruill has stepped up his level of play over the last two games. He is flying all over the field, making plays in the backfield, and laying the lumber when he meets the ball carrier. Even more impressive has been Spruill staying true to his gap assignments and filling the hole against the run.

Bottom Feeder: CB Ri'Shard Anderson – Anderson left a couple Wolfpack receivers open, but Pete Thomas missed them. With the absence of Lyn for the rest of the season, Anderson is counted on to be solid in coverage. He continues to struggle at times in that area.

Special Teams

Top Talent: K Ryan Norton – Norton made all of his extra points, hit a short field goal, and drilled a 43-yarder that was called back due to a penalty. What stood out from Norton's performance was his two-point conversion run late in the fourth quarter. He was also solid on kickoffs.

Middle Man: P Riley Dixon – Dixon was solid as a punter, pinning N.C. State back inside the twenty on a couple of occasions. However, he was a bit inconsistent with the distance of his punts.

Bottom Feeder: KR DeVante McFarlane – I think McFarlane is a strong athlete with upside as an offensive weapon. As a kick returner, he continues to lack productivity.

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