Syracuse started the season with a dominant 47-0 victory. Here is the best and the worst from Friday night’s opener.
Top Talent: RB Jordan Fredericks – A true freshman running back who ran for over 100 yards in his first career game is impressive. Fredericks showed great vision, explosion through the hole and strong footwork. The competition wasn't the greatest, but he was stellar in week one.
Middle Man: QB Eric Dungey – Dungey was very good taking over for Terrel Hunt. He completed 11 of 17 passes for 114 yards and two touchdowns. Dungey showed a lot of poise for a true freshman and is now the guy for the rest of the year.
Bottom Feeder: None – In a season opening win that saw the offense play dominant football, there was not a lot to complain out about outside of Hunt’s injury. So for this week, the bottom feeder designation remains vacant.
Top Talent: Defensive Line – Syracuse held Rhode Island to just 64 yards of total offense and shut them out. The biggest factor in the defensive dominance was the platy of the defensive line. The Orange rotated quite a few players, including playing several true freshmen. Regardless of personnel, Syracuse was in the backfield routinely and completely controlled the line of scrimmage.
Middle Man: CB Corey Winfield – Winfield did not have a lot of opportunities in coverage Friday night, as Rhode Island was barely on the field. But he took advantage of a big one, catching a tipped ball and returning it for a touchdown for Syracuse’s first score of the season.
Bottom Feeder: None – Similar to the offensive side of things, how can you call someone a bottom feeder on a unit that is now ranked the top defense in the country after week one? The defensive escapes the moniker this week as well.
Top Talent: PR Brisly Estime – Estime with the first punt return for a touchdown for the Orange since 2003. He showed that same speed that he did as a freshman and appeared healthy unlike all of 2014. He gives Syracuse a dynamic weapon on special teams.
Middle Man: P Riley Dixon – Dixon had a nice day on Friday, averaging over 42 yards per punt including four of his five attempts landing inside the 20-yard line. He even had a long of 64-yards.
Bottom Feeder: K Cole Murphy - This is definitely nitpicking, but Murphy missed a 44-yarder that seemed makeable. He drilled his 23-yard attempt, however.