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.