Disciplinary Doug: How Syracuse Will Adjust in Suspension of Ameen-Moore

The short-yardage power back was key for the Orange red zone, how will it affect the Pinstripe Bowl?

Adonis Ameen-Moore and Max Beaulieu are suspended for the Pinstripe Bowl, and the never-ending saga of Doug Marrone’s discipline writes another chapter. Adonis is a much larger loss for Syracuse heading into Saturday. His best rushing performance of the season came in the regular season finale against Temple, with 10 carries for a career-high 57 yards, and two scores. . Both players were penalized due to the very vague “violation of athletic department rules.”

Tight end Beaulieu has played in just one game, the  blowout victory over UConn. But Ameen-Moore has been used in the much talked about “tank package,” lining up at tailback in goal line situations and running behind the fullback. The 5’11”, 229 lb. back specialized in short-yardage runs.

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When Adonis plays, the Orange usually wins. He’s had snaps in 6 of SU’s 12 games. The Orange was 5-1 in those contests. It’s frustrating since Syracuse has had problems all year with red zone execution. Moore provided that extra tool Marrone could turn to get a goal-line score. Ameen-Moore has seemed to turn a corner with the coaches confidence. He didn’t see action until the Pittsburgh game, and then finally played regularly down the stretch on the goal-line. When this offense really hit its stride after the 2-4 start, he was a key element. The power back punched in five touchdowns in his six games.

With Ameen-Moore out, Marrone will have to either find a goal-line replacement or scrap the tank package. With an already shaky West Virginia defense, it would seem the stars are aligning for another big Pinstripe Bowl for Ryan Nassib. The team’s MVP played terrific football in the second half of the season. Alec Lemon and Marcus Sales will continue as SU’s one-two punch through the air, but look for Jarrod West and Beckett Wales to see some more opportunities in the goal-line playbook.

The Orange has dependable running backs in Jerome Smith and Prince Tyson-Gulley no doubt, but short yardage has been the territory of Ameen-Moore. So Nassib may be asked to find check-downs and quick passing routes on short yardage plays or at the goal loin.

It’s always disappointing when a program has to deal with suspensions leading up to a bowl game, but SU seems to constantly find itself in disciplinary mode. Marquis Spruill and Steve Rene have been at the center of more suspension chatter. But helping Syracuse cope with the loss of Adonis is the Mountaineers terrible defense. Ir’s ranked 116th in points allowed. This should be high-scoring and fun, even with no more Moore.

Posted: Brendan Glasheen

22 Comments on this Post

  1. It’s disappointing that AAM would screw up so badly this close to a bowl game. But, we have to remember that these are kids, and kids tend to forget about the consequences of their actions.

    Anyway, I’m sure that the coaches will find another capable back to fit the “Tank” package. Funny thing is, I think PTG – one of the smaller backs on the team – tends to be the most effective in short yardage situations.

  2. Again secrets from HCDM/dougie?? I know its probably school policy. But I also think its probably a class/grade issue. Why not mention it. After all its a free education and proper studying has to be done!! The over whelming majority of students on the hill are paying for their degrees-RIGHT!! Full schollie sports figures of MAJOR sports programs on the hill don’t pay!! To say poor grades or no show to classes isn’t much to ask for. After all it won’t take AMM 20 years to pay off his college loan debts!! HE WON’T HAVE ANY!!

  3. Cuse Don't Luse

    if its grades i agree it is ridiculous i have a friend who received intrest to Marquette for lacrosse (they just got D1) and he had to decline because he couldn’t afford 48,000 a year cus that gives him 200k to pay in student loans no excuse to not attend or to not succeed in the classroom it is a great opportunity

  4. weakstraw

    Actually, why the player is not playing is not your business, nor anyone else’s. It is between the school, the player, and his family. Stop thinking you are entitled to know everything about these players.

  5. Fans $$$$ supports SU sports. If we can get into the tragedy of Newtown and bother the privacy of the poor children families, then we can find out about this player=EASILY!! Its all about control. And control will ruin a proper program. HCDM/dougie has no problem at all with this BS silence!! The local media snips at anything small or huge!! They have no brass at all!! Plus there some NYS $$$ in this institution somewhere TOO!! Man-up SU!!

  6. This isn’t Doug’s call just like Phillip Thomas’s situation. This came from the University based on their rules. You lunatics that think the athletic department or Doug should disclose any and all information to the general population are delusional. You may have a point had it been a State school.

    @Terry not sure Newtown needs to even be brought up or mentioned in the same breath as this trite event that effects next to no one. No relevance at all. In all likelihood this could be in relation to testing positive for marijuana on multiple occasions. Put Nick Robinson in as FB and just run Coker at HB.

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