Going into 2018, we were hopeful that we’d see improvement for the Syracuse Orange at the running back position, and thus far we have.
A lot of that has come from Moe Neal, who’s run the ball pretty well through three games. But perhaps fans have been most excited about Jarveon Howard. The freshman from Mississippi has 18 carries for 124 yards, and another 16 receiving on one catch. He’s yet to get into the end zone, and plenty of those yards were in “garbage time.” Still, it’s clear the big back runs angry and impressively. Saturday’s 45-yard run against Florida State particularly wowed Dino Babers, as he told Syracuse.com this week:
“He knows the guys are coming close so instead of trying to reach the ball out and do something selfish for himself. He’s unselfish and he gives up that part of it to protect the football and give us an opportunity to get the ball in there tight. And that just told me everything I need to know about him.”
The same article seemed to indicate we’ll be seeing even more of Howard soon — and rightfully so. With SU looking for some more consistent answers in the red zone, his unique blend of speed and power could be the perfect solution.
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It’s those protections that limited Neal’s snap share in previous years. Howard, who will surely be tested by opposing defensive coordinators, spent extra time during preseason camp hammering them home. ”Like with most things, if you really want something, you’ve just got to take out the time to get what you want,” Howard said.
The man returning to the Carrier Dome on Saturday is the head coach at Connecticut, the former Syracuse quarterback and assistant coach who has his fingerprints all over (nearly) every great Syracuse football memory you have. ”There was the Randy Edsall Effect, the Mike Woicik Effect and the Don McPherson Effect,” former wide receiver Qadry Ismail said. ”Those three things were strong reasons why Syracuse enjoyed a lot of success in the ‘90s.”
The victory for the Orange, who have beaten both Clemson and Virginia Tech at home since Babers took over, earned Syracuse a couple of votes in this week’s AP Top 25 poll. It also snapped a 10-game losing streak against FSU dating back more than half a century, and Babers made a point of emphasizing that in another raucous postgame celebration.
Syracuse football freshman wide receiver Ed Hendrix will miss the remainder of the season after undergoing surgery for a lower-body injury on Wednesday, SU Athletics told Syracuse.com. The procedure was performed by team physician Dr. Todd Battaglia. Hendrix arrived this summer as one of the Orange’s most highly touted first-year players.
Devon Clarke of Osceola happy to be on field at Syracuse (Orlando Sentinel)
The Orangemen blasted the ’Noles 30-7 and Clarke was loving it. “It felt real good … because me and my team came together as a family to get this W,” Clarke said. “And on the other hand, it feels good because I get to talk trash to my auntie … she’s an alumni from Florida State.”
Aidan Tooker leads the new era of Syracuse cross country (Daily Orange)
Trade you my Rutgers (Off Tackle Empire)