FizzCast Spotlight: SU’s Running Backs Coach DeAndre Smith on Ground Game

The Fizz talks the ground game and the matchup against GA Tech and just how important it is for Terrel Hunt.

Syracuse has racked up 685 rushing yards over its last two games. Jerome Smith, Prince-Tyson Gulley and Terrel Hunt ran the ball collectively for over nine yards a pop against NC State on Saturday. What is going so well for the Orange ground attack?

Syracuse running backs coach DeAndre Smith has the answers. He stepped into the Fizz Spotlight this week to discuss the run game’s success, why Jerome Smith has made such great strides with his agility since last season, and how he’s deciphered Georgia Tech’s triple option.

On Terrel Hunt complementing the tailbacks

“We need Terrel to help us out, and get us going, making some plays with his feet, and he’s done a great job doing that. When we have the opportunity to make something happen, we have to take advantage of it. [The running backs] are doing a good job, making people miss, breaking long runs, scoring touchdowns when they need to scores. I’ve been pleased to see that.”

On Jerome Smith increasing his speed and agility

“Quite honestly I didn’t see the speed [last season] that he has now, just timing him in the 40 [yard dash]. My thing was you run fast in shorts, we need to see that in the game, that was a point of emphasis…it’s good to see progress made in that regard.”

On how Georgia Tech’s offense resembles Wagner’s

“They are triple-option based, and a lot of times, like Wagner, when they have someone to read and they bring a [RB] to pitch, it’s all the same concepts; there are assignments that those guys have to adhere to. It’s similar, it doesn’t necessarily look the same, but the responsibilities that you ask those guys to have are the same.”

Posted by: Kevin Fitzgerald 

21 Comments on this Post

  1. Three concerns about my beloved HCSS!!

    First!! There was a article before this one and a fan asked for more recruiting info about SU recruits. Well HCSS not getting talent into the Dome for the Clemson game win or lose was a mistake. He said he prefers one on one’s OK, but you won’t see the Dome like that again for awhile. Maybe until next year!! Huge mistake coach!!

    Second!! Last I knew the ACC was a Southern based league!! DUH!! Why in the hell would you mention the North/South thing about the running game. The Southern football fan has got most of the redneck attitude of the 50’/60’s out of its mind, but still has solid pride in its football!! HCSS just made bulletin board material for the rest of this year and possibly for his total career by this stupid #@&*ing statement on Northern football(sorry Ron)!! I can relate to his feelings about Northern football, but just don’t say it-STUPID move-sorry!!

    Third!! I’m very concerned about HCSS constant cough. Every Time he’s talking or being interviewed he’s coughing. Maybe allergies??

    Do not forget the 19 abused kids of PSU!! The NCAA did!!

  2. @Terry;

    Couple of points in response to your post Terry.

    First–that style of football(hardnosed football) is exactly what was used during the 50’s,60’s,70’s and 80’s. It won Syracuse a National Championship in 1959.

    The fans grew weary of the run game because it was so boring to watch. I say use whatever works for the team. We lacked 8 yards against NCST to have 300 yards on the ground,and for me that was something to watch. I enjoyed every minute of it. Syracuse is splitting it’s run and pass plays close to 50-50. We both know you use the run to set up the pass play. That’s football 101. I’m old school and still have visions of Brown,Little,Czonka and Morris running the ball. So how is it Terry that guy’s like Russell and I can’t enjoy the Northeastern Power Running Game?

    Second—I’m going to change the subject matter here. Let me ask,if you watched the game last week did you enjoy the “hard hitting efforts” made by the defensive unit? I thought that the whole team played tremendous defense and I would like to mention the outstanding play of DT Jayson Bromley,LB Josh Kirkland and DB Darius Kelly. Josh and Darius are JC transfers and Jason was recruited out of highschool from the NYC area. All three have one thing in common Terry,they’re all N/R players that play the game with heart.

    Their performances last week was outstanding.

  3. Ron Ron Ron!!! The game of modern college football is not 50/50 any more!! The military schools and GT might think different on that but its true. Its also that true in the NFL!! Its a QB league in college and pro football now. SU will not be successful at all if the just fake the pass to run better. Maybe with an Oliver Luck taking a snap yes not with HUNT!! NCS was weakened team with many players out plus their starting QB too!! SU’s running game is one of the best in the college nation. SU’s passing is one of the worse. It will catch up to SU unless Smith/PTG/Hunt keep on keepin on. Other words its a 4/5 win season.

    Dear homer Ronnie!! JUCO players have issues that usually end them up in JUCO schools. But a whole lot are not NR’s like you say. Most are rated much higher!! SU has recently had a history of issued players not making DIV 1!! Bromley was an oversight and SU got lucky and invited him to play at the DOME. That’s where I first saw him in a HS allstar game. Ron you/SU are never going anywhere if you and SU are happy with 2 star/NR talent. For the 101th time whose talent would you rather have constant winning top 20 teams or players rated 2 star/R with heart. Most always say the top talent wins out. I’ll gamble on that!! Sorry Ron I like constant winning of sorts not hope and pray for success!! Like SU’s recent 2 decades!! Yes Ronnie SU won, but every win so far this year is really not over exciting. Just watch what real talent is like this Saturday went FSU plays Clemson!! Get some rest Ron you’ll need it or the game will go pass you by!! LOL!!

  4. Ron Mavety just kissed off SU!! GOODBYE limelighter!!

  5. Terry,wheres Mavety going?I haven’t heard anything yet?Oh please Terry put down the bottle and give Ron and everyone here the same respect you demand for your opinions which are usually pretty insightful and sometimes crazy like the rest of us fans!None of us know it all but between us we might all learn something!!Peace brother.

  6. Russell Dangerfield;

    Ok Russell,what’s up with changing your moniker? Damn I was just getting use to Russell Stugots.

    The new one is funnier than the last. I’m not worried with Terry’s point of view and him spouting off his opinions to us.

    All of the players may have been rated before they enrolled at a JC. I just looked at Mavety on a web site and he does have a 4* rating. Has to be some kind of mistake.

    Terry where did you hear or read that information on Mavety? Please share.

  7. @Terry;

    No matter where Mavety goes to play football,I wish him the best. If he doesn’t come here to play then we’ll have to wait a couple of years watch him play in the NFL.

    Good luck Chad Mavety.

  8. @Terry;

    I just finished reading an article on Mavety and your correct Terry,Syracus is out of the picture. It looks like 247 sports and Rivals have him going to Ohio State to play for Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes.

  9. @Russell Dangerfield;

    I thought I would have some fun with an old Jimmy Dean song Big John. I hope people find this amuzing.

    The Ballad of Big Bad Scott

    Every day at the office he would same arrive
    stood 5’9′ and weighed 195
    kinda broad at he shoulder and narrow at the hip
    everyone knew they wouldn’t give no lip
    to Big Scott Big Bad Scott(Shafer that is)

    One day in the office a rumor was spoken,
    men were crying “no more Big East” and hearts beat fast
    as everyone thought Syracuse wouldn’t last
    Big Scott,Big Bad Scott

    With all of his might he stood to shout
    we play hard-nosed smash-mouth football
    Lock the doors,that Damn ACC watch out

    As they started their season with helmets in hand
    bodies were flying victories were gained
    and everybody new the Cuse brought the pain
    Big Scott,Big Bad Scott(Shafer that is)

    And on the trophy was written these words
    Syracuse ACC Football Champions
    Big Scott Big Bad Scott

  10. Russ-Everyone here deserves respect. Just letting over jeolous fans know the facts.

    Mavety does not need any respect. He played SU and this new found limelight of fame to the hilt. There are tons of players out there in many economic levels that DO NOT play the star game of recruiting!! He is not one of my favorites and totally glad he’s not coming the CUSE way. We don’t need players that are playing around. SU needs players that want to be players at SU. And nothing else. Even if they are 2 star/NR. I’ll take them before this spoiled kid!! Seriously!!

    Ron Other schools are in picture to for Mavety. PSU is one! If he chooses PSU just tell him not to shower!!

    In all my reseah on SU recruiting on Rivals(Ron 1st heard about Mavety here) and others sites, I never hear anything on SU prospects! Yet I hear about BC and Pitt two programs close to SU in size and popularity! WHY??????????????? Come on!!! That has to be the main reason for SU’s lack of sucess. Pitt is mentioned numerous times and even BC some too!! Forget about Rutgirls!! This crap about only getting low or over-sighted talent is bull bleep. Is SU worse off than Pitt or BC. I don’t think so. Yet year after year SU makes no real improvement. Rated 70 to 60’s is not improvement its more like taking an aspirin. The Coaching staff and FANS still defend this “well we are SU and will not get top quality kids to SU”. BULL BLEEP to that too. Pitt, BC, NW and Missouri are programs SU beat up years ago yet now they are beating up SU now on talent. Why because the Coaching Staff and Fans let it go by. SU right now is rated 62 by Rivals=crap. All around other programs are seemimngly improving while SU stays the same. I feel this program can attain double digit wins, but not in 5 years unless the staff and fans let it be known it has to change. Instead of a hope and pray of lesser talented players can do the job. In the last 20 years SU has no real chance of 10+ wins. In all reality I don’t expect 10+ every year. But in 20 years a couple wouldn’t hurt would it. Signing 2 star/NR players shows high win seasons are a no go. SU’s history shows that!!

  11. @Terry;

    Terry I made a mistake when I reproted reading 247 sports and rival websites on Mavety. It was the Bleacher Report that I got the information from.

    From what their saying it’s going to come down between Ohio St. and Alabama for his services. The thing he’s most interested in is playing time and Ohio St is the school that is going to give him the most because of a senior laden OL.

    I hate burst your bubble Terry,I don’t like the rivals website. Sorry kiddo.

    I agree with you about the paragraph on seeking the limelight. If any player doesn’t want to be here,then let’s drop our interest and pursue other players that would love the opportunity to play for Syracuse. When looking at the websites Terry I’ve noticed that there are an awful lot of OL DL that hasn’t been recruited yet.

    One other point Terry,I noticed Mavety after we offered Nassau CC RB Travis Lock a scholarship and watched the tape on him. I noticed the big lineman opening the holes for him to run through and running down field to block for him. Russell and I first mentioned the possibility of getting a package deal to come to Syracuse back in February or March.

    @Russell,thank you for your concerns about giving everyone here respect. I honestly believe that Terry and I have come to respect each other’s opinions. It’s just that we have different ways in expressing them. And when he goes off a bit I like responding to him. I didn’t think that there was any harm done.

  12. Ron,I think Mavety still has the same academic issues he had in Sparta,HS when RU wouldn’t even give him a look from everything I read!!I doubt a decent school like OSU or PSU(hold your nose about decent)would take a shot on a kid with real academic issues but Ala/Aub type schools [email protected],I think Dangerfield will be shortlived but I just wanted to make a point on the 9 ACC bowl projections “minus us”!btw I think the “U” is still overrated…NC should have beat them last night!

  13. I agree Russell that Miami didn’t look like the 10th best team lastnight against UNC.

    Tonight’s game between UCF/Louisville ought to be a good one.

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