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Syracuse Football: Brisly Estime & Ritchy Desir Will Split Punt Returns

Syracuse's punt return unit will not lack for speed.

Bob Levey

Syracuse Orange football sophomore Brisly Estime has the kind of speed that makes fans ask, "Why isn't that guy returning punts?" To which SU defensive backs coach Fred Reed responds, "But he is!"

Defensive backs coach Fred Reed, who also oversees the punt return unit, said Estime, a sophomore wide receiver, will "definitely" return punts this season.

"He has the skills that are required to be a great punt returner," Reed said Tuesday. "There are not many people that have that type of skill level, and he does. So he's definitely going to be a guy back there. There's no question about that."

Estime and Ritchy Desir, cousin of Ritchy Dene, will be Syracuse's primary punt returners. Desir was SU's primary return man last season but this time the Orange will rotate between the two depending on the situation.

"There's going to be times when Ritchy needs to be out there and we need to secure the ball and give the ball back to our offense. There's going to be times when we want Brisly out there because we want to make sure we get a potential big play. That's how we're going to approach it going into it."

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