Syracuse Superlatives - Week 11

Syracuse got a huge win over Maryland on Saturday. CuseNation.com breaks down the best and the worst in all three phases from the victory inside.

For the first time this season, Syracuse is over .500 after a 20-3 road win over Maryland.

Offense

Top Talent: RB Jerome Smith – Two more touchdowns and another 100-yard day for Smith who got a season high 28 carries on the day. He ran with power, broke a long scoring scamper to seal the win, and converted two key fourth and shorts on Syracuse's first drive of the game. It was a strong performance for the junior running back.

Middle Man: RB George Morris – Morris may have only had seven carries, but he ran for 50-yards showing good burst through the hole and the ability to run through tacklers. It was close to a breakout performance for the redshirt freshman.

Bottom Feeder: WR Ashton Broyld – Broyld had OK numbers with three catches for 27-yards, but he gave up on a ball that ended up in an interception by Terrel Hunt. It may have been a poor pass and Hunt stared him down, but Broyld has to try to make a play on the ball. Combine that with Broyld failing to get open down the field consistently and it was a subpar performance overall.

Honorable Mention: The Offensive Line - The line protected Hunt well and opened up holes in the run game throughout. This group has really come together since the bye week and proved to be a strength against the Terps.

Defense

Top Talent: LB Dyshawn Davis – Davis set the tone with an early sack off of a delayed blitz, and that was only the beginning of his disruption. He played in the Maryland backfield all game long and blitzed to perfection.

Middle Man: CB Julian Whigham – Last week, Whigham dropped a sure pick six. This week, he made a strong break on the ball and snatched it out of the air. Whigham continues to grow as he sees more and more playing time due to the injury of Keon Lyn.

Bottom Feeder: DE Micah Robinson - After back to back strong defensive performances, there's hard to find much to nit pick about. So Robinson gets the call due to an offsides call that negated a fumble recovery. That led to Maryland's only score of the game.

Special Teams

Top Talent: K Ryan Norton – Returning from a one week suspension, Norton was solid in Saturday's win. He was 2-2 on field goals and extra points. He brought stability back to the Syracuse kicking game.

Middle Man: P Riley Dixon – Dixon came on as the game went along, but his first few kicks were poor. It was a so-so day for the Orange punter.

Bottom Feeder: PR Ritchy Desir – Once again, the return game leaves much to be desired for Syracuse. Desir has sure hands, but is not a threat to improve field position whatsoever.


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