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Game Balls: Syracuse vs Virginia Tech

Who was the best player for Syracuse football in all three phases in their win over Virginia Tech? We break that down by handing out or game balls inside.

CuseNation.com hands out its weekly game balls, this time they come after Syracuse upset the 17th ranked Virginia Tech Hokies

OFFENSE

Eric Dungey: Dungey did more than just run the offense on Saturday. He showed toughness, leadership and poise. He threw for over 300 yards and ran for over 100. He threw for one touchdown and ran for another. Dungey picked up key third and fourth downs time after time after time with his arm and his legs. It wasn't his most efficient game, but may have been his best all things considered. 

Other Nominees: Erv Philips (11 catches, 139 yards, 1 TD), Brisly Estime (8 catches, 131 yards, 1 TD), Dontae Strickland (69 rushing yards, 1-1 passing, 84 yards, TD)   

DEFENSE

De'Jon Wilson: Starting in place of freshman Kendall Coleman, Wilson had a fantastic afternoon on Saturday. He was disruptive all game, routinely got into the backfield, and pressured Virginia Tech quarterback Jerod Evans all game. He recorded only one sack, but nearly had several more. Wilson's pressure caused Evans to miss open receivers on a number of occasions. 

Other Nominees: Zaire Franklin (10 tackles, 1.0 TFL), Rodney Williams (5 tackles, 1 INT) 

SPECIAL TEAMS

Kick/Punt Coverage Unites: It's not the sexiest, but Syracuse's kick and punt coverage units have been strong all season. They took it to a new level on Saturday, holding the Hokies to just seven yards per punt return and 21 yards per kick return. They allowed few running lanes, tackled well, and flocked to the ball. 

Other Nominee: Brisly Estime (1 punt return, 20 yards)


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