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Can Quinta Funderburk & Adonis Ameen-Moore Make Impacts for Syracuse?

Both players have had less-than-ideal careers at Syracuse, despite high expectations.

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So far, the careers of senior Adonis Ameen-Moore and redshirt junior Quinta Funderburk have not met expectations. Both players were highly touted recruits out of high school. Ameen-Moore was a second team All-America selection for Rivals.com and Funderburk was recruited by Florida and Michigan before deciding to play at Arkansas. He transferred to SU when the details of the Bobby Petrino scandal surfaced. After a successful sophomore season, Jerome Smith replaced Ameen-Moore last year as the Orange’s “power” running back. He only carried the ball five times for SU last season. Funderburk also had a disappointing year, only catching three balls for Syracuse. Despite their struggles a year ago, both players can potentially play important roles in the Orange’s offense this season.

Ameen-Moore’s significance to the Orange lies in his size. He is the only Syracuse tailback weighing over 200 pounds, at 260 pounds. SU offensive coordinator George McDonald should use Ameen-Moore in short-yardage situations. In 2012, he exceled in goal-line situations for the Orange, scoring five touchdowns. With Jerome Smith entering the NFL draft, Ameen-Moore is the ideal candidate to carry the ball on third- or fourth-down and short. Clearly he will not be the feature running back for SU, but his size should be utilized. He is already turning heads in spring practice. After a team scrimmage, Scott Shafer claimed: “[Ameen-Moore] had a couple runs inside that were impressive where he was dragging guys down the field.” Ameen-Moore’s final season could be his breakout one.

Like Ameen-Moore, Funderburk has also impressed this spring. On the Orange’s spring practice depth chart, he is listed as a second receiver. This is a massive step forward after last season where he was nowhere near the top of the depth chart. Competing for time against the likes of Ashton Broyld, Brisley Estime, Jarrod West and the slew of freshman receivers SU brings in this fall will be a challenge. However, George McDonald thinks the transfer is up for it: “I think [Funderburk’s] really earned the opportunity to be a two and to compete to get more playing time.” At 6’3’’, Funderburk could establish himself as the deep threat the Orange lacked last year. Whatever this season brings, he should be some kind of contributor to this team.

Both Ameen-Moore and Funderburk should feature for SU this upcoming season, but nothing is guaranteed. It is up to them to take advantage of their opportunities.

Posted by: Connor Morrissette

18 Comments on this Post

  1. Hey guy’s it looks like the Fizz finally realizes that it’s football season. Can you believe that they’ve run two football articles in a row? WWWWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOW!!!

    Oh!by the way Connor Morrissette,great article and yes I agree it’s time for both of those players mentioned to shine.

  2. @Connor Morrissette;

    Connor if you don’t mind me asking,were you raised on a farm? Did your family use a wood burning stove to heat the house? The reason that I ask those questions is you definately know how to stoke the ambers that gets the old flames a burning brighter while writing your articles.

    Great job.

  3. Malone

    I thought I read somewhere last season that AAM was a little upset because he was used to being the feature back and getting lots of touches. He said it helped him get into a rhythm and the repeated carries from a guy his size really softened a D for bigger second half runs. Sounds OK in theory. I simply don’t see him getting that many carries to have that take effect. I feel for him but I also worry there won’t be a big change given that we are still trying to be an up tempo offense. QF should be producing, and I hope he does break out. Seems he has been granted a reprive from the dog house. That will play well for Shafer and co with the players. DM was not very forgiving.

  4. orangeinva

    AAM ought to be tough in short yardage…

    3rd and 1 and 1/2, you dive AAM into the line (at 260 lbs) only to pull it out and let Hunt, your 230 lbs QB, take off around the collapsing defensive end.

    Both Q and AAM bring dimensions to the offense, we don’t have a lot of.

  5. The biggest mistake GM can make with AAM is to put AAM in the game at the short yarded situation and give him the ball every time. It will take less than one game before the opposion figures the routine to and aims to stop that RB making AAM less than effective. GM must mix up AAM’s participation to keep the defense in check.

  6. Malone

    One fake after they’ve “figured it out” and they’re on their heels all game. Give them what they expect, and then don’t.

  7. Ron,I emailed DA(Damon) yesterday…I’ll watch my e-mail box?

  8. Looking forward to receiveing the e-mail Russellfrom DA with both of our e-mail address on it. Will contact you then.

  9. Ron,i got an email from postmaster saying not valid address?damon@…..985thesportshub etc..isn’t that correct?

  10. Its “AAM TIME” should be a rallying cry when he comes in!! LOVE IT!! Chris and Malone are right. If GM only uses him for short yardage/goal line programs will figure that out. But put him in a game for 5/10 plays all over the place then lets see. But like PTG I’m concerned about AAM’s ball control?? As for Funderstuck(its an old age AC-DC thing, I don’t know if Ron/Russ understand that!) if he comes through a nice tall WR won’t hurt. I feel the major impact of SU’s “O” will be fresh players in quickly to move the ball more quickly and out as quickly. IN and OUT ball on “O”. If Coach GM hits on a successful fast, loads of scoring and less mistakes two things will happen down the road for SUFB. First, SUFB program will get better players and second Coach GM will be history, because of this success!! But I’ll gamble on that-won’t you!!

    Yes Ron/Russ football is back!!

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