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Syracuse Football: Young Orange Players Climbing School Record Books

A positive spin on the end of this season.

Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Since they're not going bowling, some may think the Syracuse Orange football team has "nothing" to play for in these final two games. But some individual SU players are actually coming up on various milestones for their respective classes (freshmen, sophomores), and could find themselves in the Orange record books with a couple solid efforts to close out 2015. So who's knocking on the door for Syracuse? A quick look:

QB Eric Dungey

Now, Dungey may not play another down this season, so keep that in mind. But his name is already looking pretty good in the freshman record books. His 1,298 passing yards are already the third-most by a freshman QB in the history of the program, behind Donovan McNabb and and Marvin Graves. If just his (not the team's) completion percentage of 59.7 was compared to the best team marks (any class) of all-time, he'd have the 10th-best campaign in the history of the school. Between Dungey, Zack Mahoney and Austin Wilson, 2015 is already tied for the ninth-most TD passes (in a single season) in school history. Dungey's also just four TD passes away from being tied for 10th on the all-time freshman list.

Dungey's also within shouting distance of the freshman rushing records list, too. His 351 yards are 129 away from Glenn Moore, who currently inhabits the fifth spot (as far as SU keeps track of in its record books). Speaking of rushing records...

RB Jordan Fredericks

Fredericks is another player who may unfortunately be done for the year -- or at least we might jump to that conclusion after seeing his arm in a sling on Saturday. Right now, however, he's even closer to that freshman top-five rushing total. At 473 yards already, he's just seven yards away from tying Moore's aforementioned mark. And with just 95 more yards on the ground, he could get himself tied for third (with Damien Rhodes).

As a group, SU runners and their 4.5 average yards per carry would tie for 10th all-time, and Fredericks' own 5.4 mark would rank second if compared to the full team production from previous years.

WR Steve Ishmael

Despite our own complaints that he's not used nearly enough, Ishmael is still just 10 catches away from being tied for third-most receptions by a sophomore in one season. The other names he'd share a spot with? Quinton Spotwood, Marvin Harrison and Art Monk. Not bad company at all. He's also just 104 yards from tying Art Monk for fifth on the list in terms of receiving yards for a sophomore. With two more TD receptions, he'll tie himself for the 10th-highest single-season total in school history.


We'll know a whole lot more about the status of the first two players later today when the injury report comes out. For Ishmael, however, there's no doubt these marks are within reach before season's end.