Syracuse held its spring football game Saturday and due to injuries to the offensive line, the teams and scoring system were anything but traditional.
Instead of two separate teams, the game pitted the offense vs. the defense. The offense scored as it typically does, but on defense, points were scored via a turnover (6 points), a three-and-out (3 points) or a forced fourth down with no FG attempt (1 point).
At the end of the game, the offense prevailed 34-27. Here's who stood out:
While it's clear Terrel Hunt is the number one quarterback, the second string is still very much a question mark. At the spring game, all three potential backups saw time, but in somewhat of a surprise, sophomore Austin Wilson looked to be the best of the bunch.
After freshman AJ Long went three-and-out on three consecutive series to start the second half, Wilson produced two back-to-back touchdown drives, with both touchdown plays a result of tight screen passes. Wilson's best pass of the day was a beautiful floater to Ashton Broyld down the right sideline to put the Orange in the red zone on his first touchdown drive.
Throughout the game, Wilson looked calm, confident and capable of running the Orange offense. He finished a perfect 6/6 for 124 yards and two touchdowns.
Ashton Broyld and Brisly Estime
If the spring game was any indication of what's in store for the season, there is nothing to be worried about in terms of a wide receiving corps.
Junior Ashton Broyld and sophomore Brisly Estime shined today in the Orange's screen-heavy offense as both players showed explosiveness and a strong ability to break tackles. Their quickness will make a dangerous tandem for Terrel Hunt to work with this season.
On the day, Broyld and Estime combined for 12 receptions, 230 yards and two touchdowns.
Senior Jeremiah Kobena only had three receptions on the day for the offense, but two of them were touchdowns and one was the play of the game.
Austin Wilson threw a screen to Kobena on the right, who found himself surrounded by tacklers. Upon seeing the predicament, Kobena reversed around the field to the left and had to dodge almost every Syracuse defender in route to an 18-yard touchdown.
Along with scoring the two touchdowns, Kobena finished with 46 yards for the Orange offense.
George Morris II
Four running backs saw carries in the spring game, but of them all, junior George Morris II looked the like the strongest option thanks to speed and efficiency.
On one of his five carries, he broke off a flashy spin move, giving him a little bit of space. That little bit was all he needed as he dashed for 29 yards into defensive territory.
Morris finished with a game-high 44 rushing yards for the offense.
Senior free safety Darius caused a ruckus in the backfield today.
In the first half, Terrel Hunt threw a deep pass down the right sideline to wide receiver Ashton Broyld. While in mid-air, Kelly broke up a pass that was already in Broyld's grasp.
Later on in the game, Kelly recorded the only of the interception of the game off a tipped pass from AJ Long.
Josh Kirkland & Chauncey Scissum
Linebacker Josh Kirkland and free safety Chauncey Scissum were solid all game. In the first half, Scissum made a brilliant open-field tackle on senior Adrian Flemming.
Kirkland and Scissum each finished with seven tackles on the day, a share of the lead for the defense.