End of Semester Report Cards: Syracuse Football Gets Regular Season Grades

The Fizz grades the regular-season Syracuse Orange football team.

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With the 2013 Syracuse football regular season behind us, it’s time to look at how the major players in the program did in the first season in the ACC.

Syracuse finished the regular season 6-6 and 4-4 in the ACC. At times, the team looked inconsistent but when it looked strong, it looked really strong. The highlight of the season came down to six seconds remaining in the regular season when Terrel Hunt completed a short pass to Josh Parris to send the Orange to its third bowl game in the last four seasons.
Now that Syracuse is bowl bound, here’s the program’s evaluation.


Scott Shafer: B
Although the team finished .500, it’s Shafer’s personality that will one day lead this program in the right direction. He really believes in the program and loves his players. He wants to not only win, but he wants to be a teacher and mentor for his players. He wants what is best for his players. He is going to work to build a close relationship with each and every one of his players. This leads to a winning environment, and that’s what Syracuse brought to the table in the game against BC.


George McDonald: B-
Some games were better than others. Give him a break against Clemson and Florida State because when Syracuse played those two teams, both were flirting with the possibility of playing in the national championship game (which came true for FSU). He has helped turn small-name players like Parris and Alvin Cornelius into players who made an impact on this team and this program. The same goes for Devante McFarlane. As the recruiting improves and McDonald continues to aim for players in key areas such as Florida, he looks even better. 


Chuck Bullough: C+
This may be a little tough for Bullough. Two big games, Georgia Tech and Florida State, bring this down a little bit. Bullough’s defense did one good thing consistently all year: it did not give up more than 100 yards rushing to any running back all season long. Syracuse was the only team in the nation to do that. That says so much about what he’s done for the rushing defense. If his defense wasn’t so strong, running backs like Andre Williams would have had a more productive first half. The same goes for the passing defense. Syracuse allowed 26 points on average, which is 56th best in the country. That may seem like a high number, but it may go to show that the defense was slightly better than the offense. The offense averaged almost 23 points per game.


Terrel Hunt: B-
He has work to do. A quarterback needs to know how to more consistently pass.  Hunt had breakout games against Wagner and Tulane, but those were easily Syracuse’s two easiest opponents throughout the season. Hunt did develop. He worked hard and this first year of experience will make him even better next year. For a kid who was a first-year starter under a new head coach and in a new conference, 6-6 should be considered a solid performance.


The rest of the offense: B+
When you look at Jerome Smith, he found a way to get things done. This team was very young going into the season and still is, but one year done and these kids are only going to get better. George Morris II is going to be a solid back when Smith and PTG leave. McFarlane has shown he can handle heavy responsibility. The young receivers took over for the losses of Alec Lemon and Marcus Sales. With a year under their belts, you can expect next year to be better.


The defense: B-
This goes along with Bullough, for the most part. The fact that stands out is that the defense never gave up more than 100-yards to an opposing rusher. It dealt with its fair share of injuries throughout the season, but the next guy on the depth chart came in and got the job done. Give the team a break for those games against Clemson and FSU.


A bowl game is something to really think about. Considering having to replace a coach, quarterback and players at other key positions, this team found a way to get things done against tough competition. And next year will bring not only more success, but more talent, too. 


Posted by: Austin Pollack 

20 Comments on this Post

  1. So I am OK with the positive vibes, I guess I am a bit of a homer as Terry would say, but How does the O score better than the D? You even mention that the D is better than the O, but them give them worse grades. I thought the rest of the offense was worse than Terrel Hunt. I dont’ think TH had the best year and I am OK with his B-, but there were a lot of dropped passes and too many unopen recievers to give them a B+. We were shut out and blown out in at least 3 games. Can’t win if you don’t score more, and the D can’t get off the field if the O can’t stay on. This was the same problem with Marrone’s early going, so I am very excited for the day the O clicks. Give our D a little more rest and they will grind any team down, those boys played hard! pass D needs more help, but I am hoping that is on the way. Get the O line set and the running game will be good for a while. Get the receivers and the balance can be flat out dangerous.

  2. I just can’t agree with giving the Defense across the board worse scores than the O. Maybe you are riding on a high but if you’ll remember our offense was terrible… The play calling was not good, and only in the final game did it come together. The only reason we are where we are at is the D’s solid play.

  3. If everyone on offense gave as much of his heart+effort as Hunt we would have won 9 games this season!He may be out of position at QB but no one works harder or overachieves like him. That said I see the new SU as a Defensive oriented personality/team which in the NE/SE is good!Lets get back to a tough running downhill type team that pushes teams around on D and eats clock like the JB/Czonka teams of yore!! Forget worshipping those west coast soft high flying primadonna teams that lose the big games.

  4. Boston Jay

    Hard nosed D is great though i’ve never understood why a team who plays 7 games in a dome doesn’t develop a high octane passing attack on O. Entertainment value counts too.

  5. thesackster

    my opinion is as follows coaching-b,offence-c -,defence-b,specialteams-c. we really had to rely on our defense this year and syracuse wouldn’t have the record or the bowl game without there hard efforts.i’m estatic about the record and the bowl game for this years syracuse team.

  6. According to Ryan Murry/cuse confidential website,there is a linebacker considered one of the best in NJ that’s really interested in Syracuse for the 2015 class and might be close to signing.

    His name is Jamie Gordinier out of Red Bank Catholic Red Bank NJ.

    What do you know about this kid Russell?

  7. I dug deeper and this is what I found on Gordinier.

    6’4″ 235 lb LB Jamie Gordinier out of Red Bank Catholic ,Red Bank NJ is currently ranked a 3* athlete who has another year and could be a 4* by the time he graduates.

    Schools of interest are BC,Miami(FL),Old Dominion,Pittsburgh and Rutgers. But Cuse confidential and Rivals websites indicate he’s close to signing with the Orange.

    It would be great if we did get this kid,and even greater if he stood behind the commitment and become a member of the football team.

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  9. RUSS RUSS RUSS wake up!! the main reason that SU suffered this year is= MR HUNT-period. I’ll give him the Texas Bowl to find himself. If he fails bench him and try one of the new kids on the block. Right now he can work his buns off but he still looks high schoolish!! He’s a C- at best!!

    The “D” by far was the best side of this years team. The “O” with poor QB play and the stars(RBs) not really showing up should be lower!! “D”=B and “O”=C-!! Sorry Austin your way off. If the “D” actually showed up at the blow-outs their grade would be higher!!

    Malone-a true fan feels/says whats on his mind backed up by reality. Homers just say poop about their teams without checking the truth at the door!! You seem to think things out pretty good!!

    DO NOT forget the kids of PSABUSEDU!! THE NCAA DID!!

  10. Ron,no one really expected
    TH to be a “real” QB so after seeing the Okla “bigtimer” start over him might?? have cost us a game or two!! I realize he’s not Joe Montana but ya can’t say effort was’nt there? That was my point!!Merry Xmas Terry and I’ll never forget what PSU did or did’nt do!!!

  11. Ron, I said “maybe you were right about Shafer… He had a better than expected season. The kids played over their talent level.sign of good coaching …well prepared for Friday’s game…comparing him to Ben….let’s not get ahead of our blocking.
    He had a good year… Hope he can recruit some kids with size ..the NJ linebacker fits the mold.
    Those that doubted.. Assure you were not haters…hope your right…just enjoy the outcome this year and let’s not get carried away…
    Loved that Nova game.. Our kids can play.. He’s playing everyone and their fun to watch!
    Wish I was in the area to see more games.

  12. None of the above about Gordinier is true. Does not even hold an offer from ‘Cuse. Yes, they are definitely interested but completely false about him close to signing. Has never even been to Syracuse.

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