The Syracuse bandwagon probably added a lot of members after the ‘Cuse extinguished Liberty 24-21 on Saturday. To those of you that doubted SU could pull the upset, I hate to say I told you so, but I told you so. The Orange have garnered boatloads of momentum entering ACC play beginning with Florida State this weekend. Before we dive into the Seminoles, let’s get the latest from the Fizz stock watch. Click here if you missed week 3’s nominees.
The SU team itself is seeing its stock go up after picking up an upset win over Liberty. Be honest, how many of you thought the Orange could topple the Flames? This might be the win that springboards another ten win season…
QB Garrett Shrader
No crap Sherlock! The Mississippi State transfer earned his first start at Syracuse and first since the 2019 Egg Bowl vs Ole Miss. The dual-threat signal caller didn’t light up the stat sheet but scored a pair of touchdowns with his legs and might have aided in Sean Tucker’s big game. With Shrader on the field, this SU offense has a true identity.
RB Abdul Adams
This stock really has no reason to rise, it just simply does. The Oklahoma transfer received all of the RB2 carries in Saturday’s game and seems to have assumed that role. Jarveon Howard’s recent decision to enter the transfer portal cements this as the case. Look for Adams to get more than a handful of carries in ACC play if Dino Babers elects to start load-managing Sean Tucker.
OG Dakota Davis
The veteran offensive lineman is back from injury after missing pre-season training and SU’s first two contests’. Davis played 35 snaps against UAlbany and was on the field for more plays against Liberty. His presence should be a boost to a front five that has already shown signs of drastic improvement early on.
WR Damien Alford
Yeah, he’s back again. The Canadien receiver split out for the first play of Saturday’s game and would’ve easily scored a touchdown if not for a Shrader overthrow. Alford had one catch for 19 yards but is starting to see his role expand. It’s only a matter of time before the 6’5” receiver becomes a difference maker for the ‘Cuse.
DL Cody Roscoe
If you’re selected as the ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week your stock has to be rising, right? The McNeese State transfer tallied multiple tackles for loss for the third consecutive game. Roscoe wreaked havoc for Malik Willis and the Liberty backfield getting consistent pressure. Roscoe got to Willis twice, forced a fumble, and recorded six tackles. Learn this name folks!
Coaching & Discipline
Quick shoutout to these two entities for not blowing the game because of penalties. Syracuse struggled with miscues in the first quarter but tapered the issues as the game progressed. Just five penalties totaling 37 yards on Saturday. Coach Babers wanted to cut last week’s crazy 16 penalty for 167 yard total by two-thirds and his squad did.
DL Kingsley Jonathan
The veteran defensive lineman was on the sideline dressed in his gear and uniform for the first three contests of the season but played sparingly if at all. As a key cog of the defensive line, this raised the eyebrows of many. Well Jonathan returned to the lineup against Liberty and made an immediate impact with his 1.5 tackles for loss and half sack. The group in the trenches is deep and talented this season.
Rover Justin Barron
Some of you may be asking, who the heck is this guy? Well he’s a converted wide receiver that is taking on quickly to the rover role in this SU defense. Barron rotates in and out with fellow youngster Rob Hanna but has shown he understands the nuances of the 3-3-5. The Connecticut native played safety in high school in addition to wideout, and at 6’4” provides length that the SU backfield doesn’t have anywhere else.
Rover Rob Hanna
It’s hard to find many people who’s stocks could be down following a big upset win but Hanna is one. With the emergence of Barron, Hanna’s stock is slightly falling because he isn’t on the field as many snaps. With that said the second year defensive back is still playing and recording tackles and definitely has a role in this defense.
QB Tommy DeVito
This one’s pretty obvious. Shrader should be the quarterback moving forward unless there’s injury problems. Most thought the fifth-year signal caller would be the guy after not playing in the second half against UAlbany. DeVito could look to explore the transfer portal in the near future if things remain the same.