Syracuse running back Adonis Ameen-Moore started receiving some hype during the spring. The coaching staff was pleased with his efforts in slimming down and developing as a back. Fast forward to the fall, and the talk about Ameen-Moore's ability continued. In fact, the coaching staff promised he would be an important part of the ground attack this season.
On Saturday, all of the talk came to fruition. With Syracuse nursing a lead in the second half, they turned to the bruising back to wear down the Central Michigan front seven. He did that and then some. He rattled off runs of 23 and 53 as he led Syracuse to their final touchdown of the game, sealing a 40-3 dominating victory.
Ameen-Moore has always been a powerful back, but issues with his weight have prevented him from making a significant contribution. His diligent work to slim down has allowed quicker feet, more precise cuts and stronger conditioning. All of that came together on Saturday as he moved the pile, got to the outside and ran through tacklers on his way to his first ever 100-yard rushing performance.
It only took nine carries to reach his 106 rushing yards.
After scoring a touchdown in week one, Ameen-Moore has already delivered on the pre-season hype.