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Which Syracuse freshmen burned redshirts on Friday?

In what may be the only blowout of the season, several true freshmen saw the field.

NCAA Football: Central Connecticut State at Syracuse Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Given the lopsided win over Central Connecticut on Friday, it allowed us a glimpse of several reserve players who may not have seen the field otherwise. That included some of the Syracuse Orange’s true freshmen, which means those players won’t be redshirting this season.

So which redshirts burned last night? A rundown of the freshmen that saw action:

Patrick Davis, offensive guard

Sam Heckel got the start at left guard, but you’ll see plenty of Davis. Neither player’s entrenched since they’re filling in for Aaron Roberts. Getting him second-team and special team reps on Friday was critical.

Chris Elmore, fullback

Elmore didn’t log any stats, but showed himself a capable blocker past the line of scrimmage. He was on the field quite a bit. Hopefully we get to use him a bit more in short yardage going forward (vs. Eric Dungey running).

Nykeim Johnson, wide receiver

Johnson didn’t see the field until the second half, but he did show a ton of speed and shiftiness as both a receiver and return man. He had one catch for 13 yards, and also a kick return for 34. Given the continued concerns around Sean Riley returning (he’s regularly in harm’s way), Johnson could be an answer there.

Markenzy Pierre, running back

The Orange’s “power back” didn’t get to jump in until late, but he did impress in a small window. He ended up second on the team in rushing, with nine carries for 46 yards. Other than Dungey, he was the most effective player running the football for SU.

Allen Stritzinger, running back

Burning Stritzinger’s shirt on special teams and as a reserve late in the game was a little puzzling. There was also a potentially scary moment for him in the fourth when a screen pass from Rex Culpepper hung him out to dry in the flat, resulting in a jarring hit. The broadcast team was pretty concerned about him afterward.

Nadarius Fagan, linebacker

Only played on kickoffs, but if the team wants to cycle more linebackers in during the season, he’ll get the snaps. He was one of the top-rated recruits for Syracuse in the 2017 class, and has also been here since January (so he’s better adjusted than most frosh).

Aaron Hackett, tight end

A little surprising to see Hackett’s shirt burned considering Ravian Pierce wasn’t used a TON (three catches, four yards, one TD). But he’s a big target who could pay dividends in the passing game if called upon.

Kingsley Johnathan, defensive end

Jonathan took advantage of his time on the field in the second half, helping Syracuse turn the line’s constant pressure all game into its only sack. CCSU quarterback Jacob Dolegala managed to release the ball pretty quickly all night, but Kingsley seemed to get the read on where he was headed better than most.

Justin Ellis, defensive end

Ellis registered a tackle as a reserve, continuing his impressive ability to find the ball-carrier, which he constantly displayed in high school. He’s not working into the two-deep just yet, but getting players like him minutes is key to keeping the line fresh.