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Syracuse football: three takeaways from Boca Raton Bowl loss

That’s a wrap on the 2023 season

NCAA Football: Boca Raton Bowl-South Florida at Syracuse Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

The Syracuse Orange played a forgettable final game last night in Florida. Let’s get to the takeaways from last night.

Future Focus

Did you notice that new quarterback Kyle McCord was talking on the sideline with Oronde Gadsden II? He wasn’t the only incoming transfer at last night’s game.

The biggest takeaway from last night should be that there is an immediate influx of talent heading to Syracuse in three weeks. The game last night doesn’t change that. At all!

Braden Davis- a glimmer?

Not sure why anyone expected that the Orange would revert their offense to place the South Carolina transfer under the spotlight. However after it was clear that the single wing was something USF spent the last month preparing for, he got a chance and looked a lot better than his first action back against Colgate.

Davis finished 6 for 13 for 84 yards but with the pressure the Bulls defense provided all night, there was something to build on from the former four-star. With McCord coming in, he, CDRW and Jakhari Williams will get to battle for the backup spot, while getting more time to develop to Jeff Nixon’s offensive plan.

Thank you!

To the departing players and coaches, we say thank you. No one will pretend the last four years have been amazing, but there have been some wonderful moments these last two. This group found a way to fight for bowl eligibility and put the program in a position to have a coach like Fran Brown feel it was ready to take the next step.

This was a roster who sacrificed for this team to get to last night’s reward. Let’s not lose sight of those who played injured, switched positions, and clawed to get to a bowl game.

The class that was signed, the excitement around this area has a lot to do with the energy of the new staff, but they will be able to build upon a foundation established by this group. We hope that more players will be returning next year so they can be part of this excitement, but the efforts of those leaving are something we appreciate.