Syracuse Scouting Report: A Tough Running Game And An Athletic Defense

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Sean Tucker, Virginia Tech
Sean Tucker makes the Syracuse offense go, and Virginia Tech must slow him down. (

I see fans worrying about a repeat of 2016, but they don’t have to worry about that. Despite being on a three-game skid, Syracuse has been playing better football than Virginia Tech. If the Hokies win, they’ll be pulling off an upset.


The most interesting thing here is that the spread-and-shred approach of Dino Babers has morphed into a ground-and-pound game. They’ll do old-school stuff that only Flexbone teams do, like leave defensive linemen unblocked at first so they can get wham-blocked by a pulling wingback, which was how they scored a goalline TD on Wake Forest.

The run stats are powered by a three-man backfield team. Let’s start with my favorite player on the team: Chris “Rhino” Elmore (FB, #5), who played nine games at guard last year when Cuse’s depth chart was in shambles. He’s listed at 6’0, 265, and while he’s labeled a “fullback,” you’ll see him all