HACK ATTACK: Offensive Report Card

I don't give out grades, grades are earned. Here's my midterm report card for the offense.

Quarterback: The key word here is serviceable. RJ Anderson has been solid, throwing for 164 yards a game to go with seven touchdowns – but the Orangemen can't afford for Anderson to be solid, they need him to be spectacular if Syracuse is going to make a run at the end of the year. Grade: C+

Running backs: Walter Reyes impressed earlier in the season, garnering some talk about being a possible Heisman candidate. Reyes has been shut down in the past few games, but still has 873 yards on 124 yards a game. Meanwhile, Damien Rhodes has missed time due to a nagging ankle injury that may sideline him for the rest of the year. Grade: A-

Wide Receivers: Even with Anderson being reluctant to throw the ball, Johnnie Morant is finally cashing in on his talent, pulling down 492 yards receiving, tops among the Orangemen. Morant has made the most of opportunities coming his way, netting 18.2 yards a catch. With Jamel Riddle missing all of the season to this point for academic reasons, Jared Jones has been a competent second receiver. Grade: B+

Offensive line: Reyes has been the first to thank the offensive line for his success. Anderson has been sacked just six times this season. The Orangemen have the unsung heroes – the offensive line to thank for that. Nick Romeo, Adam Terry and Matt Tarullo have all been solid. Grade: B+

Overall: Outside of Virginia Tech, the Orangemen offense has been by far the better of the two halves, putting up 28.7 points a game. Powered by a star running back and a legitimate air game, the Orangemen have compiled 377 yards a game, more than enough to win games. Grade: B+

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