The Syracuse Orange’s football season starts on Friday night. So we continue to preview portions of the year and its results.
Who is SU’s offensive MVP?
Kevin Wall: Steve Ishmael
This is the year where all the "All-ACC/NFL potential" talk becomes visible on the field. I trust that Babers will find ways to get Ishmael involved weekly and that he'll take the next step forward while demolishing some SU records along the way.
Ari Gilberg: Eric Dungey
Behind Dino Babers’ exciting offense and the poor state of the defense, Dungey has a chance to put up ridiculous video game-type numbers this season. Even when Syracuse loses, this offense is going to be exciting to watch. If Dungey can just stay on the field and avoid injury – and that is a big if – watch out.
Steve Haller: Eric Dungey
Offensive MVP in this system has to be Eric Dungey. He'll be the stud, he'll have the numbers. I'd rather throw the bone to the offensive line. Specifically, if this offense comes into it's own, we're looking at a standout performance by the left side of the line, Conway, Roberts and Emerich. Dungey won't be throwing, putting up numbers if there's no protection. If he is the MVP, it's on the backs of those guys.
John Cassillo: Dontae Strickland
No one doubts Dungey’s abilities and the numbers he should be able to put up in this offense. But the time to throw will come from an effective run game, which relies on Strickland. Versatile and quick, he’s already shown us glimpses of what he can do in an offense that wasn’t really much of an offense at all last year. Expect Strickland to put in one of the better recent all-around efforts for an Orange running back. Something like 1,300 total yards, 13 TDs sounds about right.
How about you? Who’s your probable offensive MVP for 2016?