Syracuse Superlatives - Week Ten

Syracuse got a much needed win on Saturday as they blanked Wake Forest 13-0 inside the Carrier Dome. CuseNation.com breaks down the best and the worst from the ACC matchup inside.

Syracuse got back to .500 on Saturday with a shutout win at home over Wake Forest. We break down the best and worst from the victory below.

Offense

Top Talent: HB Brisly Estime – A career day for Estime was highlighted by his first collegiate touchdown. The speedy true freshman caught most of his nine passes in the flat, but was able to turn them into positive yardage throughout the game. He was a playmaker for an offense that struggled to move the ball for large portions of Saturday's matchup.

Middle Man: RB Prince-Tyson Gulley – Gulley was the leading rusher for a ground attack that broke the 200-yard barrier. He had a 67-yard scamper that a faster back would have taken to the house. Still, it was a solid performance for the senior who continues to get stronger as the season progresses.

Bottom Feeder: QB Terrel Hunt – Hunt improved by not turning the ball over and providing a competent passing attack at times, but he still missed too many open receivers. He had the opportunity for about three or four deep passes that he missed players who had run by the defender. Expect Hunt to improve that as he develops, but for now, it is still a major question mark for the Syracuse offense.

Defense

Top Talent: DE Isaiah Johnson – The true freshmen helped turn the momentum fully towards the Orange with an athletic interception after he batted a Tanner Price pass into the air. He also pressured Wake Forest's senior quarterback on multiple occasions, finishing with half a sack. It was a mini coming out party for a player who's ceiling is very, very high.

Middle Man: LB Marqez Hodge – Another true freshman who has been getting more and more playing time as the season goes on, Hodge has earned the trust of the Syracuse coaching staff. He tackled well, showed good knowledge of the scheme, and even blitzed well. Hodge overplayed a couple of runs, but in his defense the Deacons rarely went to the ground on Saturday.

Bottom Feeder: CB Julian Whigham – This has nothing to do with Whigham's overall performance. He was solid in coverage all game long. However, on a night when there was little to complain about from a defensive perspective, Whigham dropped a sure pick six. Price telegraphed a pass, Whigham read it and broke beautifully. He was in perfect position to take it to the house when the ball bounced off of his hands and fell to the turf. It was really the only defensive negative from the game.

Special Teams

Top Talent: P Riley Dixon – Dixon continues to impress as the Syracuse punter, booming another kick over 50-yards. He landed a couple inside the Wake Forest 20-yard line as well. Also handling kickoff duties in the absence of Ryan Norton, Dixon has become a real weapon in the Orange kicking game.

Middle Man: H Charley Loeb – Loeb was solid as a holder on two extra points and nearly converted a fake field goal. He took the snap, stood up, sprinted to his left and darted up field. He was tackled at the one-yard line, but it was a solid effort from the senior backup quarterback. Also of note, Loeb made a potential two point saving tackle after Wake blocked an extra point on Syracuse's second touchdown.

Bottom Feeder: K Jonathan Fisher – Filling in for Ryan Norton, Fisher hit his first extra point attempt, but it was a low line drive. On his second attempt, it was even lower and subsequently blocked. Should Norton have any more issues going forward, the Orange would be in a real bind at the kicker position.


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