Syracuse started 3-0 for the first time since 1991 with their 30-27 overtime win over Central Michigan. Here is the best and the worst from the performance.
Top Talent: RB Jordan Fredericks – Fredericks ran for a team high 73-yards on 11 carries. His lone scoring run was the game winner in overtime. Fredericks showed burst, power and elusiveness. He has already moved up the depth chart in a tie for the backup spot with George Morris. Do not be surprised if his role continues to expand as the season progresses.
Middle Man: QB Eric Dungey – Before Dungey was forced to leave with an injury, he was playing great football. He threw for 93 yards with a passing touchdown and rushed for 50 yards with another score. That was in less than a quarter and a half. Dungey even had a couple of spectaculr plays during that stretch, including a pitch off an option look over 10 yards downfield.
Bottom Feeder: RB George Morris – Morris only got one carry and seems to be falling behind in the running back group. He lost one yard on his only carry.
Top Talent: DE Ron Thompson – For the second consecutive game, Thompson was a beast. He made several plays in this one, including a sack fumble. Thompson finished with two sacks and three tackles for loss. His most important was a third and goal tackle on Devon Spalding in overtime. If he keeps this up, he is going to skyrocket up draft boards.
Middle Man: DE Luke Arciniega – Two games in a row with two sacks for Arciniega, who continues to become more and more comfortable at his new position. He is big, long and strong and gives opposing tackles a lot of problems.
Bottom Feeder: Secondary – Syracuse gave up over 400 yards through the air for the second consecutive week. Part of the issue in this one was the length of time the defense was on the field. They got no help for their offense, but still were poor in coverage all afternoon. Too many open receivers. That is something they have to fix going forward.
Top Talent: P Riley Dixon – Dixon averaged over 50 yards per punt on five attempts, landing three inside the 20. He was fantastic and really helped the Orange flip field position, forcing Central Michigan to go the length of the field to score.
Middle Man: LS Matt Keller/Keith Mitsuuchi – Long snappers do not get any love generally, so why not this week? The Syracuse long snappers have been very good this season. So here's to recognizing their solid performances.
Bottom Feeder: Antwan Cordy - Cordy was called for a block in the back that was questionable to say the least early in the first quarter. It brought back a long Brisly Estime punt return that would have given Syracuse first and goal. It was really the only special teams gaffe on the afternoon.