Top Talent: RB Prince-Tyson Gulley - On an offense that struggled throughout long stretches, Gulley was a big bright spot. He had a 65-yard scoring scamper that was the first touchdown of the season. Gulley ran with quickness and burst through the hole.
Middle Man: QB Austin Wilson – Wilson came in for an ejected Hunt and had a solid performance. He completed nearly 65% of his passes and did not turn the ball over. While Syracuse should not want him to take over for the rest of the year, he was solid in the second half on Friday.
Bottom Feeder: QB Terrel Hunt – Hunt was ejected late in the second quarter for throwing a punch. Prior to that, he was only decent to that point. But getting himself tossed was a mistake that you don’t expect from a junior leader.
Top Talent: DE Micah Robinson – Syracuse’s starting defense end was third on the team in tackles and finished with only one sack but two tackles for loss. He put pressure on Robertson throughout, though he did miss a few other opportunities for sacks.
Middle Man: LB Marqez Hodge – Hodge was strong on Friday, helping to shut down the interior running game for Villanova. He recorded his first career sack and two tackles for loss.
Bottom Feeder: LB Dyshawn Davis – Davis is supposed to be one of the leaders on the defense this season. On Friday, he was a step slow, missed several tackles and was not his usual athletic self. Expect a bounce back performance in week two.
Top Talent: P Riley Dixon – Not only did Dixon have two punts over 50-yards, but he also threw the only touchdown pass for Syracuse which proved to be the game winning score. Dixon is one of the best punters in the nation and helps the Orange win the field position battle.
Middle Man: KR Ervin Philips – In his debit, Philips was solid as a returner. He looked to give the Orange a bit more big play ability in the return game and showed glimpses of being able to do just that.
Bottom Feeder: PR Brisly Estime – Estime did not have many opportunities, but lost a yard on his lone return. He will undoubtedly provide big plays throughout the season, but week one was one to forget.