Syracuse Superlatives: Game 3

CuseNation.com breaks down the best and the worst from Syracuse's 34-20 loss to Maryland on Saturday.

Syracuse suffered a disappointing loss to Maryland on Saturday. The best and the worst from the first defeat of the season.

Offense

Top Talent: RB Prince-Tyson Gulley – Gulley was very good on Saturday. He ran the ball with decisiveness and burst. He hit the whole between the tackles hard and averaged nearly 10-yards per carry on just 14 attempts. It was easily his best performance of the season.

Middle Man: QB Terrel Hunt – What kept Hunt from being the top talent was his in accurate arm and the critical pick six late in the first half. Hunt was fantastic with his legs, rushing for 163-yards and two touchdowns. But his arm betrayed him multiple times with high throws and passes behind his intended receiver.

Bottom Feeder: RB George Morris – Few have been as disappointing through three games as Morris, who was on the list of potential breakout players. He had only 10-yards on three carries. Part of that is because he does not get the consistent carries to get in a rhythm, but he is clearly not a big part of the offense right now.

Defense

Top Talent: LB Cameron Lynch – Once again, Lynch led Syracuse in tackles and added a sack to his resume. The leader of the Orange defense has put together a strong season through three games.

Middle Man: SS Darius Kelly – Kelly had arguably his best performance in a Syracuse uniform on Saturday. He finished with six tackles and two pass breakups. He was oh so close to being the top talent, if he had held on to two interceptions he was in perfect position to make. That said, he covered Stefon Diggs one on one in the end zone and came away the victor in the battle. An impressive outing.

Bottom Feeder: CB Julian Whigham – Whigham admitted after the game that he was beaten bad with poor technique on the first quarter touchdown pass to Marcus Leak. It is a theme this year with the corners so far. Giving up the big play and poor coverage down the field. Things tightened up in the second half, but there has to be greater consistency.

Special Teams

Top Talent: K Cole Murphy – The freshman walk-on has improved Syracuse’s kickoff game this season, but on Saturday he added a contribution on field goals. Murphy drilled a 49-yard attempt, and could push Norton for the starting gig should the incumbent continue to struggle. It was an impressive kick for Murphy.

Middle Man: PR Brisly Estime – Estime showed the ability we saw last year for the first time this season with some solid returns. He was close to breaking one and gives the Orange a playmaker on special teams. He finished with 47-yards on four punt returns.

Bottom Feeder: K Ryan Norton – It’s baffling how inaccurate Norton can be on short kicks. Missing a 25-yarder before halftime further pushed the momentum in Maryland’s direction. He continues to struggle with accuracy and consistency.


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