In a season in which the Syracuse Orange's secondary has been bad a majority of the time, it was rewarded Monday for its solid work in Saturday's 24-10 victory over the N.C. State Wolfpack, as safety Durell Eskridge was named the ACC Defensive Back Of The Week.
Eskridge , a sophomore free safety, made a collegiate-best 13 tackles (seven solo and six assisted) and collected an interception in the win, which featured N.C. State passing for just 226 yard. Eskridge was also responsible for a few third-down tackles that forced N.C. State punts.
This season, Eskridge has a total of two interceptions and is Syracuse's leading tackles with 41 (24 solo).
Hopefully, this is a stepping stone in the young DB's progressing season, because as we all know, Syracuse's secondary needs to improve if it wants to compete in the ACC on a weekly basis. Eskridge's tackling ability could come into play this week against Georgia Tech's triple-option offense.