The Syracuse Orange got a very strong performance on both sides of the ball in a dominating 40-3 road win over Central Michigan. On the field success helps recruiting where Syracuse has seen increased success over the last few cycles. On Saturday, some of that success was on display as true freshmen contributed to the win.
Running back Ervin Philips had a mini-breakout performance with 55-yards on nine carries. Philips gave the Syracuse offense a little jolt when things had started to get stagnant. He led a drive with over 50 of his yards that resulted in a Terrel Hunt rushing touchdown to push the Orange lead to 26-3 and essentially end things in Mount Pleasant (Mich.).
Wide receiver Steve Ishmael got his second start in as many games. He finished with one catch on a nice post route for 16-yards.
Jamal Custis was involved in several packages and was also targeted in the passing game. He finished with three receptions for 11-yards.
Linebacker Zaire Franklin was a large part of the rotation and finished the game with two tackles. He also had a couple of deflected passes at the line of scrimmage.
Safety Rodney Williams recovered a fumble that led to a touchdown and recorded two tackles. He was a solid contributor on special teams.
The role of the freshmen will continue to expand as the season progresses, but it has been a nice start to the season for many of them.