One of the biggest positives coming out of Syracuse's loss to Pittsburgh on Saturday was sophomore wide receiver Steve Ishmael. Ishmael set career highs in catches with seven and yards with 114. He also caught a touchdown.
Ishmael may have had a bigger day, but dropped a pass in the fourth quarter as he looked to make a move and turn up field. Ishmael took his eyes off the ball and dropped it. Otherwise, it was a near perfect day for the former North Miami Beach High standout.
He made plays after the catch, often side stepping a defender and picking up yards after the catch. He also made the difficult catch, snatching the ball out of the air despite solid coverage from the Panthers. Ishmael also drew a pass interference penalty and caught a touchdown at the end of the first half.
It was a breakout performance for Ishmael, who will look to build on that the rest of the season. He was clearly disappointed by the loss after the game as you can see in the video at the top of the page, but Ishmael has established himself as the top wideout for the Orange. The good news for Syracuse fans is that he is only a sophomore.
More from Ishmael in the video at the top of the screen.