Syracuse Superlatives: Week 2

CuseNation.com breaks down the best and the worst from Syracuse's 40-3 domination of Central Michigan on Saturday.

Syracuse had a dominating performance in their week two victory over Central Michigan. There is plenty of praise to go around.

Offense

Top Talent: QB Terrel Hunt – Hunt was the best player on the field on Saturday, torching the Chippewas through the air and with his legs. He threw for one touchdown and ran for three more, tying his career high with 92-yards. Hunt was efficient, accurate and made big plays all game long.

Middle Man: RB Adonis Ameen-Moore – Ameen-Moore was really good on Saturday. He ran for 106-yards, the first time he topped the century mark in his career. Ameen-Moore not only ran with power, but also showed the ability to get to the outside. It was a very strong performance from the senior running back.

Bottom Feeder: RB Prince-Tyson Gulley – Gulley struggled to get on track, but fortunately Syracuse has one of the deepest backfields in the nation. Ameen-Moore and Philips more than made up for his lack of production.

Honorable Mention: RB Ervin Philips – The freshman running back had a strong performance in the second half, running for 55-yards on nine carries. He provided a glimpse into what the future at the position could be. He can be a playmaker for the Orange offense.

Defense

Top Talent: LB Cameron Lynch – Lynch was flying all over the field making plays. He finished with 3.5 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks including a safety. It was another strong performance from Lynch.

Middle Man: DL Ron Thompson – Thompson was the best defensive lineman for Syracuse on Saturday. He got into the backfield and caused disruption several times.

Bottom Feeder: CB Brandon Reddish – This is definitely nitpicking, because the defense was fantastic. But he did give up a couple of completions down the field and was the least effective of the top three corners in press coverage.

Special Teams

Top Talent: P Riley Dixon – Dixon was steady once again. This time, instead of booming long punts like he did in the opener, he routinely pinned Central Michigan inside their 20. He had one punt downed at the three, setting up Cam Lynch’s safety.

Middle Man: S Rodney Williams – Williams was solid in kick coverage and recovered the fumble in the second half. It was a solid debut for the true freshman.

Bottom Feeder: PR Ritchy Desir – Desir lost yards on a punt return and was flagged for a fair catch signal followed by running the ball. Is was a subpar performance from the usually steady Desir.


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