Reyes, whose Orange play Purdue this Sunday to open their 2004 season, has worn No. 39 throughout his Syracuse career. But his play over the past two years has garnered some interest in him wearing the legendary No. 44, worn by such Syracuse greats as Jim Brown and Ernie Davis.
"I don't have a scheduled meeting to talk with Walter about it, but I certainly feel that Walter is in that cut of cloth," Syracuse head coach Paul Pasqualoni said. "I would certainly sit down and talk to him about it."
Last year, Reyes ran for 1,347 yards and 20 touchdowns, including a record-setting performance against Notre Dame in which he rushed for five touchdowns.
His 2,621 career yards put him within 1,679 yards of becoming the all-time rushing leader in Syracuse history. Joe Morris holds the all-time Syracuse record with 4,299 yards. Considering some of the backs that have come from Syracuse –Brown, Floyd Little, Davis and Joe Morris – that is no small feat.
"It's great when people bring up my name," Reyes said. "But I can't do it by myself. It's more than just Walter Reyes."
It may be more than just Reyes, but even his blockers like talking about him.
"The more I like him on the field, the more I like him off the field," center Matt Tarullo said. "To watch him run like a battering ram… when he breaks a big run, you just want to run downfield with him. It's worth it and he deserves it."
Asst. Editor Matt Dagostino contributed to this story.
Pasqualoni to talk to Reyes about No. 44
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