Syracuse Superlatives - Week 12

Syracuse was blown out on Saturday against arguably the best team in college football. CuseNation.com breaks down the best and the worst from the road loss inside.

Syracuse was blown out by Florida State, who have made a habit of doing that to their opponents this season.

Offense

Top Talent: RB DeVante McFarlane – The offense was abysmal Saturday, but McFarlane was not. He led the Orange in rushing with 81 yards on only 13 carries. He showed good vision, good burst and ran with physicality.

Middle Man: RB George Morris – Morris was not as strong as McFarlane on the ground, but he was easily Syracuse's second best offensive weapon. He also ran with good burst and power as the Orange got a glimpse of the future at running back.

Bottom Feeder: OG Nick Robinson – Like most of the offense on Saturday, Robinson was overmatched against a Florida State defense that was bigger, stronger and faster than Syracuse. Robinson was blown up on a number of running plays and struggled in pass protection as well.

Defense

Top Talent: S Durell Eskridge – Eskridge looked like he belonged at times in a game that was ugly from a Syracuse perspective. He made a tackle for loss on the first play from scrimmage and came away with an interception. The future for Eskridge is extremely bright.

Middle Man: DT Jay Bromley – Bromley did not have a big statistical impact, but you could see how talented he is. He got penetration on a few occasions, but had no help defensively. The Seminole offensive line actually struggled to block him at times.

Bottom Feeder: CB Ri'Shard Anderson - Anderson continues to struggle in coverage, and blew assignments that led to big plays by the Seminoles. Syracuse was overmatched all over the field and Anderson embodied that.

Special Teams

Top Talent: P Riley Dixon – Dixon punted the ball well for Syracuse, as he continues to be one of the team's most consistent performers.

Middle Man: K Ryan Norton – Norton made his only field goal attempt, but sill struggles to get the ball into the end zone in kickoffs.

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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