Spring football has come to an end as Syracuse performed in the Spring Showcase on Saturday in front of Orange fans in the Carrier Dome.
TOP OFFENSIVE PERFORMERS
Servais is a versatile offensive lineman who can play center or guard. He did a bit of both on Saturday, and more than held his own. He may not start this season, but he will be on the two-deep and provide critical depth. Keep an eye on him in future seasons as well. For the most part, Servais was solid in protection. Though he did struggle at times opening holes on the ground.
WR Devin Butler
Butler may have only made one catch, but he was open on at least a few other passes. The one grab was the top offensive play of the entire game. Dungey threw the ball up to Butler in the end zone. Butler tracked the ball out of the air, used his body to position himself to make the catch, and snatched it at its highest point. The result was a 35-yard touchdown and the only offensive score.
Conners had a strong spring game performance. He led all players in receptions (3) and yards (53). He made some nice catches, moved well after the catch and showed the ability to block well. Conners could be a nice find for Syracuse. He does have to sit out this season due to transfer rules, however.
Culpepper may have been the most impressive quarterback on Saturday. He made several nice throws, showed the ability to push the ball down the field and did not turn it over.
TOP DEFENSIVE PERFORMERS
Armstrong was only credited with one tackle, but appeared to be in on several more. He also had a sack on a nice blitz up the middle. It is easy to see why the staff was so high on him out of high school. Not only can Armstrong run sideline to sideline, but he has exceptional instincts and tackling form.
CB Devin Butler
Butler had the assignment of covering Jamal Custis for most of the morning scrimmage. He did not allow a catch to Custis when they were matched up one-on-one. In fact, he had a couple of pass breakups in those matchups. Butler was physical, showed the ability to jam at the line of scrimmage and was able to run with receivers down the field.
It was great to see Cordy back on the field, and he did not disappoint. Showing the same playmaking instincts that made him a standout pre-injury, Cordy jumped a post route, picked off the pass and returned it 40-yards to the house. It was the highlight of the game.
Coleman led all players in sacks with 1.5. He was able to get a good push against opposing tackles and was disruptive on several plays. He appears to be stronger than last season.
Samuels was a big body in the middle of the second team defensive line. He clogged holes to prevent the Orange team from getting into a rhythm, and was able to get a push up the middle.
Cullen flew all over the field, showing the athleticism and speed that makes him such an intriguing player. On one blitz, he shot the gap between the guard and tackle and arrived at the quarterback in the blink of an eye. He could have blasted Eric Dungey, but got credit for the sack with a touch of Dungey's arm instead. He could become a valuable pass rusher for Syracuse this season.
TOP SPECIAL TEAM PERFORMERS
Cooney finished averaging 50.7 yards per punt on three kicks. He displayed a very strong leg.