Syracuse Orange’s first offensive down against Albany



It’s hard to read too much in Syracuse Orange’s victory over Albany last weekend. However, there is some encouraging news in the opening issues of the game. I will leave the breakdowns of the offensive line to Steve but despite the final score, it was clear Syracuse

After leaving the trail too early in the Rutgers loss, it appeared Syracuse would repeat that philosophy as Sean Tucker only touched the ball twice in the first seven snaps of the first down. After Albany returned an interception for a touchdown, Sterlin Gilbert returned to ground play the remainder of the half with varying success.

First attack on Albany

Run or pass yards Run or pass yards
Run or pass yards Run or pass yards
Pass (Benson) 6 Run (Shrader) 1
Run (DeVito) 7 Run (Shrader) 0
Run (Tucker) 3 Run (Adam) -1
Run (Tucker) 1 Run (Shrader) 13
Pass (incomplete) 0 Pass (Cooper) 3
Run (Shrader) 2 Pass (Jackson) 15
Pass (Interception) 0 Pass (Jackson) 17
Run (DeVito) 2 Pass (Cooper) 2
Run (DeVito) 2 Run (Shrader) 5
Run (Adam) 5 Pass (Cooper) 21
Run (Tucker) 5 Run (Howard) 8
Run (Tucker) 12 DT Run (Howard) 5
Run (Tucker) 2 Run (Howard) 11
Run (Tucker) 0
Run (Tucker) 9
Run (Adam) 3
Run (Adam) 11
Run (Adam) 3
1st half Rooms yards Average meters per set
To run 15 67 4.47
Past 3 6 2
Total 18 73 4.06
2nd half Rooms yards Average meters per set
To run 8 42 5.25
Past 5 58 11.6
Total 13 100 7.69
Total clearance Rooms yards Meters per set
To run 23 109 4.74
Past 8 64 8
Total 31 173 3.25

The second half presented the playbook more as Dino Babers gave Garrett Shrader a good jerk to grab the reins of the QB. The Orange went up to speed on a streak and picked up pieces of yards on quick passes to Courtney Jackson and DeVaughn Cooper. It seemed that the intention of these games was to give these receivers a chance to advocate for more opportunities in the future.

Albany was clearly outclassed, but the numbers generated in the second half will hopefully serve as a reminder to Gilbert and Babers this Friday. Orange offense works best when it can run the ball and then use the pass when defense doesn’t catch it. We’ll see if they remember the lesson.



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