Through the first few weeks of the Syracuse Orange football season, one of the major concerns was around chemistry between Tommy DeVito and his receivers. There were moments where things looked good, sure. But the timing still seemed beyond five yards pas the line of scrimmage for many of the wideouts.
The biggest worry was Trishton Jackson, despite a nice game in a losing effort vs. Maryland. But after tallying his second 100-yard receiving game in three weeks, he very much appears up for the role as Syracuse’s top pass-catching option.
Against WMU, he had six grabs for 141 yards and two scores. Both scores were among the best balls DeVito’s thrown at Syracuse, and Jackson did impressive work with both in different ways. What SU lacked for with Eric Dungey was a consistent deep ball connection. This past game, perhaps, shows glimmers of what may be coming to fruition soon enough for the Orange with Dungey’s successor. Jackson now leads Syracuse across the board, with 18 catches, 335 yards and four scores.
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Maybe the most impressive play of DeVito’s young career came in the third quarter, when the score was still close and neither team had momentum. With white jerseys in the backfield, he stepped up in the pocket and tossed a 59-yard popup that landed in the hands of wide receiver Trishton Jackson as his feet reached the end zone. The way DeVito stepped forward is what made the play impressive.
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Jackson made six catches for 141 yards and two touchdowns for the Orange in a 52-33 victory over Western Michigan • Averaged 23.5 yards per reception and had touchdown grabs of 59 yards and 46 yards in the third quarter • It marked his second 100-yard receiving game in the last three weeks • Jackson ranks fourth in the ACC in receiving yards per game at 83.8 per contest.
“As a team, we understood that the points they got, we really gave them,” senior defensive tackle KJ Ruff said of WMU. “They didn’t score on us. We made defensive breakdowns that they took advantage of. So the score shouldn’t have been what it was, but we understand mistakes happen and to not let them happen anymore.”
He still stays in touch with Burton’s brother Clay, a former tight end at the University of Florida, and even worked out with Clay this past summer. “I try to kind of fit to that script of (Trey Burton) where he’s not just a receiver,” Hackett said. “He’s a receiver, he’s a full back, in-line blocker, a jack of all trades. That’s who I want to try to model myself after.”
The Dino Babers rumor mill is back up and running. Both Florida State’s Willie Taggart and Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh are on the hot seat after rough starts to 2019, and Babers is among the favorites to replace one of them in 2020. SportsBettingAG released the favorites to take over the Seminoles and Wolverines in 2020, and Babers showed up on both lists.