Brisly Estime Is SU’s Most Exciting Player for the 2014 Season

Blazing speed and a productive freshman season make Estime the player to watch for.

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Brisly Estime showed off his blazing speed for Syracuse last season. His darting left to right and north to south helped contribute to the Orange’s solid start in the ACC.

Luckily for the SU fan base, there’s only more of that to come in 2014. 

The sophomore wide receiver put together an above-average rookie campaign in 2013. Estime reeled in 28 receptions, which ranks third in SU history by a freshman. He caught a career-high nine receptions for 62 yards against Wake Forest to get Syracuse back to the .500 mark. With success escalating so quickly, a bump in the road was only destined to come.

Estime sat out primetime matchups at Florida State and at home against Pittsburgh due to injury. The Delray Beach, FL product scorched back into the starting lineup, though, against BC to nab Syracuse bowl eligibility, and, well, you know the rest. 

Reports from Syracuse training camp early on have all eyes on Estime. His ability to turn defenders away once he catches the ball is a weapon George McDonald plans to take full advantage of in this year’s offense. 

Estime’s highlights, which include 47 receiving yards and two significant punt returns (one for 70 yards) in last December’s Texas Bowl, have carried right over into camp in terms of excitement. The 5’9”, 172-lb. dasher is a piece that gives Syracuse football a legitimate anything.

Anything can include being a playmaker, an X-Factor, a decoy, punt returner, etc. The term “buzz” might be an understatement when referring to Estime’s impact. Certainly on the offensive end, Estime climbs ahead of Terrel Hunt, Ashton Broyld and Prince-Tyson Gulley as Syracuse’s most compelling, exciting player.

You could even argue Estime is Syracuse’s most exciting player period. Scott Shafer did acknowledge a trio of Orange defenders for its spirit on Sunday at camp (via SU Athletics): 

“I’m really looking forward to putting some uppers on and slowly working our way to full pads in the next few days. I’ve been pleased with the way Terrel (Hunt) has taken charge of the offense and have been really pleased with Cam Lynch, Dyshawn Davis and Durell Eskridge on the defensive side. They are really stepping up and taking charge of the way we’re practicing out there.”

Taking charge may not be equivalent to pure excitement, but Estime’s upbeat style of play will undoubtedly be welcomed if its means him scoring touchdowns to furthermore win football games. Prior to Estime signing on with Syracuse on NSD ‘13, his HSHC Chris Bean informed The Fizz that Brisly’s speed will be taken full advantage of. Expect drastic shifts from a limited special teams role to potentially an every-down wide-out. 

Bean’s key words have proven to be true. Brisly “brings a dynamic to the game that coaches rarely have.” Fortunately for Orange Nation, Estime has found a comfortable home in the punt return and wide receiving roles. 

His confidence builds daily. The desire to flash his legs the moment he steps on the field easily puts Estime ahead of any other SU player to watch for in 2014. It should be a fun ride.

 Posted by: Brendan Glasheen

37 Comments on this Post

  1. thesackster

    kids a heck of a player, gunna be a good one..

  2. Dr. Bill

    Take a look at this kid’s highlight tape from HS. When I saw that, I thought this kid would be special at the college level. That had to be the best highlight tape I have seen of any Syracuse recruit..ever!

    If he improves his route running( We use too many bubble screens), he could have a really big year!…Go Cuse…..

  3. Let’s all hope that Brisley stays healthy this season. Wishing him all the luck in the world. Can’t wait to see him live and in action this season.

  4. Dr. Bill;

    I honestly believe that we have more on offense to showcase this year. I’m hoping that Ashton Brould comes out of his shell and gives all a glimpse of his true talent. As far as the recievers go,I’m looking for production from some of the freshmen especially Jamal Custis Cory Cooper,Steve Ishmael and Adly Enoicy.

    The 2014 season should be really interesting. With any kind of luck my early prediction for the team might come true

  5. I was surprised and a little disappointed that Estime was caught on his 70 yard punt return. Thought that when he was running free that it was a sure TD They eventually scored. Reports indicate that Brisley is now faster which may mea a breakaway means 6+1.

  6. chris

    A defensive back will be able to catch a Jesse Owens or even superman if he plays the correct angle in his pursuit.

  7. The Carrier Dome is a unique facility that favors such features of a football game as kicking and passing. With Estime’s speed and sure hands, if Mr Hunt can deliver the ball well, it could be a decided home advantage.

  8. Dr. Bill

    Take a look at that punt return again, I think you can find it on You Tube! the defender that actually tackles him actually turns and runs away from Estime before Estime gets to him and is actually waiting for him when Estime gets to him…a great play…no indictment against Estime’s speed!

  9. Chris is right on Estime!! He got tackled period!! Fast yes blazing not yet any way!! Yes SU beat Minnesota, but a TD would of been better by far. Great player and SU needs more by far, but please calm down on making him Super Man!!


  10. Dr. Bill

    No one said he was Super Man…yes he did get tackled….but the kid is blazing fast…..You always find a way to put a negative on something positive!

  11. BK SU FB Fan

    I re-watched the Texas Bowl yesterday(I have it saved on my HD) and I think with Estime’s return, he might have underestimated that guy and thought he could just run by him. I think if he had tried to put a move or a juke on the guy he could have taken it to the house.

    I like his agiity it makes him an electric gamebreaker for an offense that will lean heavily on the receivers making yards after the catch. He doesn’t just have the good straight line speed, he can make moves. Like Doc said, if the kid can become a good route is the limit. He beat an all conference, NFL draft pick SR safety Brock Vereen on a nice route during that Bowl game. If we can get him doing more than just catching bubble screens he will gash defenses.

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