2014 SYRACUSE ORANGEMEN FOOTBALL PREVIEW
June 19, 2014INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
2013 Record: (7-6, 4-4)
2013 Team Stats:
The Syracuse Orangemen have made great strides over the last couple of years in becoming a competitive football program once again. Now the question is, can their quarterback Terrel Hunt take the offense to a new level? Hunt is coming off a very solid spring and a 2013 season in which he completed 61% of his passes for over 1600 yards. The biggest issue was all of those yards did not translate into points on the scoreboard. Syracuse scored under 23 points per game and averaged only 376 yards of total offense. Hunt also threw for just 10 touchdowns and eight interceptions. In order for Hunt to be more successful this season he will need help from the skill positions. Wide receiver Ashton Broyld had an excellent spring plus Jarod West and Alvin Cornelius should be ready to take on more of a load for the offense. One of the bigger question marks will be the running attack. Jerome Smith left early for the NFL. So it appears it will be running back by committee led by Prince Tyson Gulley, George Morris, and Adonis Ameen-Moore. It appears that Gully is the front runner to be the starter this fall. The offensive line returns only two starters from last season and there’s not a whole lot of depth. Sean Hickey has started 23 games Rob Trudo has started 22. Guard Kyle Knapp and center John Miller are unproven right now and tackle Michael Lasker is set to take on a starting role.
The Orange defense was respectable in 2013 giving up 367 yards of total offense per game and just over 25 points per contest. This season depth will be a concern but they do return eight starters. The strength of the defense should be at linebacker led by Cameron Lynch and Dyshawn Davis. The defensive line must find a way to put more pressure on the opposing quarterback. Micah Robinson will line up at one DE spot while Ron Thompson and Robert Welsh are battling each other after splitting time in the spring. Welsh may have the edge after coming up with four sacks during the spring. Marcus Coleman and Eric Crume will line up inside. Three starters return in the secondary including Brandon Reddish and Julian Whigham. Wayne Morgan and true freshman Juwan Dowls will have a chance to start along with Cordell Hudson.
Syracuse will have easy games to begin the season hosting Villanova, traveling to Central Michigan and playing at home against Maryland. Then the tough part of the schedule begins against Notre Dame, Louisville and Florida State. If Syracuse is expected to make the next step they will have to beat one of those three teams in order to get to a higher bowl in 2014.