Syracuse’s Gridiron Success in 2014 Lies in Ashton Broyld’s Development

Will the emergence of a go-to receiver for Terrel Hunt be the secret to success this season?

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One major part of the passing game that was missing last season was a go-to receiver for Terrel Hunt. Last year, some thought Jarrod West would be the go-to receiver after a big spring game, but it never really panned out. This year, Ashton Broyld was the star of the spring game, grabbing eight passes for 126 yards. Broyld had, by far, the best game of any receiver in the spring scrimmage. He needs to continue this throughout the season and give Terrel Hunt that go-to receiver.

Yes, Broyld is moving to his third position since coming to SU, but this might finally be the right place for him on the field. Throughout last season, it was apparent that Broyld was more and more comfortable with playing receiver. He started moving to the outside as opposed to lining up as an “H-Back” in the slot or backfield. Broyld seemed to morph into the threat that fans hoped that West would be.

Broyld is the most important player for the development and success of Terrel Hunt this season. Hunt clearly lacked the go-to pass catcher last year, and this year, Broyld can be the safety blanket Hunt can look to before trying to take off and run. That is important for a young, mobile QB. Something Hunt fell into last year was looking to run and taking off before he really needed to because he didn’t know where to go with the ball. Part of this is on Hunt, part of it is on the offensive line, and part of it is on the receivers. This year, the line is probably going to be suspect again with the loss of Macky MacPherson, but the receivers and Hunt should both be better. The growth of Broyld as a receiver will be vital to the success of Hunt and the offense because Hunt needs that guy he can look to when the pocket collapses.

If Broyld can get open the way he did towards the end of last year and in the spring game, he will be the biggest factor on the Syracuse offense. For a team whose passing game was down last year, and running game is a bit of an unknown this year. Of course running backs Prince-Tyson Gulley, George Morris II and Devante McFarlane are all returning players, but none of the three has been in a lead running back role at the college level.

Because of unknowns with the running game, it is even more important for Hunt and the passing game to be successful. The biggest key to that success will hinge on the success of Ashton Broyld’s transition to receiver.

Posted by: Seth Goldberg 

6 Comments on this Post

  1. orangeinva

    I disagree that “Broyld is the most important
    player for the success and development of Terrel Hunt…”

    Terrel Hunt is as he must learn to recognize the defense when they come to the line of scrimmage and have an idea of where he’s going to go with the ball…he must learn to go through his progressions if the primary receiver is not open…and he must do whatever is necessary to throw the deep ball(mechanics and touch).

    Broyld can make plays on offense- no doubt- in moving the chains, turning the bubble screen or quick slant into a 20 yard gain. He should have 4 touches a game.

    But if Hunt is to develop and be successful, we need to average 225 yds/game through the air and at the end of the season have 5 or more receivers with 30 or more receptions. If one player, Broyld or anyone else, is identified as the go to guy, I fear the offense may bog down. West, Quinta, Flemming, Estime can all play and each(along with Broyld) must have big days this year…spread the ball around and Hunt will be successful. A go to guy throughout the season may make him predictable and we don’t want that.

  2. orangeinva your right!! The WR’s must help the QB’s play this year no matter whom it is. HUNT still is not there!! Physically he’s there for running but I question his mental approach or experience on game time decisions-passing!! But still the crop of WR’s is getting better!!


  3. Dr. bill

    Go To Guy…..Every QB needs one??? The best offenses work when the ball is spread around and the ball goes to the “Guy who is open”. Coverages dictate who has the best chance to be open. Some guys can beat coverage and make plays despite being double covered…but those guys are rare…and make big bucks playing on Sunday. I will admit..that for a QB, there is great comfort in knowing that if everybody is covered…I can throw the ball to this guy and 9 out of 10 times he will beat the coverage and make the play….Can Broyld be that guy? It would be nice!

  4. Broyld’s success as a WR will be predicated on his ability to catch the football while running his routes. He isn’t a bad stationary receiver but has a long way to go before that can be said about the moving catch. If he accomplishes this expected ability on the field as a WR then and only then will he become a factor I will give him a much higher grade on his stop. catch, and run.abilitybut once the season begins that will become far more difficult to become a high threat impact play.

  5. Good luck Mr Broyld, but putting this kind of burden on you is not fair. Hunt needs to be able to have sensitive belief in one WR, but the impact of the other WR’s is essential. No one can expect Mr Broyld to do it all.

  6. well guys it looks like we got another commit lastnight from another N/R 5’9″195 lb RB Jordan Fredericks. he’s another NYS kid that probably didn’t go to any of the football camps to get rated by the big three recruiting websites.

    Welcome Jordan Fredericks to the Orangenation. Good luck.

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