Syracuse Superlatives - Week Eight

Syracuse suffered a blowout loss on Saturday at the hands of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. CuseNation.com breaks down the best and worst from the road loss inside.

Syracuse lost in blowout fashion on Saturday, falling 56-0 to Georgia Tech. There were plenty of negatives in the performance, and we managed to find a couple of bright spots as well.

Offense

Top Talent: RB Prince-Tyson Gulley – While not much of a silver lining, Gulley did average over five yards per carry against the Yellow Jackets. He has ran the ball much better since entering ACC play.

Middle Man: HB Ashton Broyld – Broyld was decent on Saturday. He led the team in receptions and yards, and was elusive on a couple of plays. However, he had another drop in what is becoming a trend.

Bottom Feeder: QB Terrel Hunt – Hunt is regressing and seems to be losing confidence. He stares down receivers, which was not the case against Tulane and Wagner, and has not been accurate when he delivers the ball.

Defense

Top Talent: CB Ri'Shard Anderson – While Georgia Tech did not test Syracuse much through the air, Anderson was solid in coverage when they did. He even had an interception early in the first quarter that gave the Orange the only momentum they would have throughout the contest.

Middle Man: LB Marqez Hodge – The true freshman led the team in tackles with 12 and did not look completely overmatched. However, he did miss his assignments a couple of times leading to big gains for the Georgia Tech triple option. Then again, who didn't?

Bottom Feeder: The defensive coaches – Utilizing the 3-4 against Georgia Tech proved extraordinarily ineffective on Saturday. The staff went away from their base defense and did not attack the triple option correctly. As much as some of the players were out of position, the defensive coaches deserve blame as well.

Special Teams

Top Talent: P Riley Dixon – Dixon was a busy man on Saturday with seven punts, but did not disappoint when he had his opportunities. He averaged over 46-yards per punt, including two inside the 20-yard line and two over 50-yards. Since taking over for Jonathan Fisher, Dixon has become a weapon in the kicking game.

Middle Man: PR/KR Brisly Estime – With the game out of reach, Estime was inserted into the special teams lineup to return kicks. He showed the type of speed and elusiveness that many expected entering the season. Estime looked better than the starting options, looking like a real threat back there. The Orange may need to look at

Bottom Feeder: Kick coverage unit – Though Syracuse coverage units have been solid for most of the year, they gave up some big returns on Saturday. The only kickoff they had on the day was returned 34-yards, and could've been worse. They also gave up a 23-yard punt return.


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