SOFAs Voting: Rookie of the Year

Bob Levey

Which rookie had the greatest impact on the Syracuse football season?

Welcome back to the Syracuse Orange Football Awards. Today, we're deciding the best rookie. Surprisingly, this was a particularly good year for freshmen as you'll see by the quality of choices.

And without further ado, here are the nominees...

Brisly Estime was fourth on the team in receiving yards with 257. Late in the season, he emerged as a go-to target for Terrel Hunt. You know him best for his 70 yard punt return in the Texas Bowl. (Much better than that Ritchie Rene guy, eh?)

George Morris II compiled 346 rushing yards, trailing only Jerome Smith, Prince-Tyson Gulley and Terrel Hunt. Morris was also Syracuse's main kick returner. He averaged 19.6 yards over 15 returns.

Devante McFarlane averaged 6.2 yards per carry, a team best. McFarlane had a solid game against Florida State when he rushed for 91 yards on 13 carries. On the season, he had 302 rushing yards.

Ron Thompson collected 20 tackles (11 solo) and 4.5 tackles for loss. He ranks sixth on the team in sacks with 2.0.

Honorable mentions include Alvin Cornelius, Josh Parris and Isaiah Johnson.

As always, if your choice isn't one of the four poll choices, comment with your pick below. Voting ends at the end of the day on Monday.

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