Syracuse Football Ins and Outs

Junior tailback Walter Reyes (Struthers, Ohio) is the most productive rusher and scorer in college football this season.

Through four games Reyes is averaging 170.25 rushing yards per game and scoring 15.5 points per contest. Reyes's rushing average is 24.65 yards per game better than second ranked player Derrick Knight (Boston College, 145.60 ypg). Reyes is second in the country with an average of 193.5 all-purpose yards per game.

As a team, the Orangemen (3-1 overall) are averaging 466.25 yards of total offense per game, which ranks eighth nationally, and 267.0 rushing yards per game, which is fourth. SU's 35.25 points per game ranks 22nd in Division I-A. The Orangemen's 27.6 yards per kickoff return is ninth best in the country.

Junior quarterback R.J. Anderson (Plainville, Conn.) leads the offense for one of just three schools that has not had a pass intercepted yet this season. Missouri and Texas are the other two. The Orangemen are ranked 14th nationally in turnover margin, holding a plus-1.25 advantage per game. Anderson ranks 27th nationally in passing efficiency with a mark of 140.71.

Whitfield Named Big East Defensive Player of the Week:

Sophomore cornerback Thomas Whitfield (Windsor, Ontario) tied his career-best with eight tackles, including one and one half for a loss of six yards, in Syracuse's 34-7 victory against Toledo, earning the BIG EAST conference Defensive Player of the Week Award for his effort. Whitfield also had one-half sack, for a loss of three yards, and one pass breakup. Whitfield and the rest of the SU defense held Toledo to seven points, which was the Rockets' lowest scoring game since a 10-7 loss to Eastern Michigan in 1998.

The start against Toledo was the second of Whitfield's career. He also had eight tackles in his first career start in SU's victory against Central Florida last week. Whitfield has 19 tackles this season, including 10 solo stops.

Big East Play Begins:

The Orangemen (3-1 overall, 0-0 BIG EAST) begin the BIG EAST portion of their schedule on October 11 at fourth-ranked Virginia Tech. Va. Tech meanwhile has a came on October 4 against Rutgers.

Syracuse returns to the Carrier Dome on October 18 to host Boston College. From there the Orangemen battle Pittsburgh October 25, Miami on November 15, West Virginia November 22, Rutgers November 29, and Notre Dame on December 6.

In between Pitt and Miami, Syracuse will host Temple on November 8 during Parents Weekend.

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