Top Talent: QB Eric Dungey – It took a bit for Dungey to get going, but he was very good in the second half. He finished 21-34 for 232 yards and two touchdowns while leading the team in rushing and running in another score.
Middle Man: HB Ervin Philips – Philips showed flashes during his return, leading the team in receiving with five catches for 75 yards and adding 21 more on the ground. He could see an even bigger work load going forward. The good news is, he showed that same burst and quick cutting ability that he did during training camp and in the season opener.
Bottom Feeder: Offensive Line – The line really struggled with the USF front four all afternoon long. Specifically in the run game, where Syracuse managed only 73-yards on 33 attempts. That has to change in the coming weeks.
Honorable Mention: RB Jordan Fredericks – He had limited touches, but made the most of them. He rushed for 16-yards on four carries and scored on a magnificent 30-yard reception. Dungey found Fredericks over the middle, and he spun, juked and weaved his way into the end zone for Syracuse's first touchdown of the game. He has been named the starter for the upcoming game against Virginia, so expect to see more of the true freshman.
Top Talent: DE Ron Thompson – Thompson was one of the few bright spots on the Syracuse defense. He was disruptive, got into the backfield, and recorded one of Syracuse's two sacks. On that play, he bull rushed the USF tackle back into the quarterback and made the play. Thompson moved the lineman a good four or five yards with pure power.
Middle Man: DT Chris Slayton – Slayton had a couple of nice moments, none bigger than a strip sack that allowed Syracuse to get back into the game.
Bottom Feeder: Secondary – There is no other way to put it. The secondary was bad on Saturday. The bubble screen killed them as did plays down the field, where USF receivers were running open frequently. They also missed a bunch of tackles. Included is Kielan Whitner's late penalty, which was a poor call, but he still put the official in a position to make the call.
Top Talent: P Riley Dixon – Not only did Dixon average nearly 47-yards per punt, but he also picked up another first down off of a fake field goal. When will opposing teams learn?
Middle Man: KO Ryan Norton - Kickoff specialists rarely get any love so it is time to recognize Norton, who has been great all season. Of his five kickoffs, three were touchbacks. The strength of his leg puts the ball deep in the end zone or out of the end zone more often than not. That is not a luxury Syracuse has had in a long time.
Bottom Feeder: Kielan Whitner - Whitner made a poor play late in the second quarter. With Syracuse trailing 7-3, USF was punting, giving the Orange a chance to take the lead going into the locker room. Instead, Whitner was not paying attention and the ball bounced off of his back, making it a live ball. The Bulls pounced on it and turned the turnover into three points heading into halftime.