The Syracuse Orange football team has had its ups and downs over nine games of the 2021 season, but the one thing they’ve been the most interesting. The tight SU games – win or lose – kept the plot high, even though it is hurting our health. The other thing that helps grab attention: record performance.
We’ve already had several glimpses of the Syracuse record book this fall. But with the Fightin ‘Byes on the slate this week, we figured there was one left before we got to the end of the year?
Tucker currently has 1,267 rushing yards for 2021, which already gives him the third-highest single-season total in school history. Only Walter Reyes (1,347 yards in 2003) and Joe Morris (1,372 yards in 1979) are ahead of him, and given his average of 140.8 yards per game, he’s on track to set the all-time mark. Orange’s time against Louisville next Saturday. If he maintains his average above 124.7 yards per game, he will set the new school record for yards per game in one season.
While Tucker is currently the FBS’s first rusher, he trails Michigan State’s Kenneth Walker III by about eight yards per game. If Tucker can get past him by the end of the year (that will be nearly impossible if the Spartans win the Big Ten title game and / or the College Football Playoff). he would be the first league player to lead the nation in rushing yards in the past 65 years.
Tucker has already set an Orange record for most 100-yard games in a season with eight, and most consecutive 100-yard games with seven. With already 11 career 100-yard games, he is currently tied with Jim. Brown, Ernie Davis and Delone Carter for sixth place in school history. If he can count three more in 2021, he will tie Reyes for third place with 14.
His 11 rushing touchdowns this year are one way of a tie for eighth place in school history (for just one season), and he’s nine of Reyes’ 20 in 2003. At 201 attempts already in 2021, he’s already within earshot of Larry Csonka and Joe Morris’s Syracuse record of 261 in 1967 and 1981, respectively.
Tucker’s 1,505 yards per scrum and 167.2 yards per game currently lead the country about six yards per (over Tyler Badie of Missouri). Maintaining that pace would not only set Orange’s record at 2,006. But it would also make him the first Syracuse player to lead the country in scrum yards in the past 65 years – although he is. Notable that Floyd Little led the country in multipurpose yards, with 1,990 in 1965.
Speaking of rushing… Shrader already has 670 rushing yards this year, which puts him just 143 off Bill Hurley’s one-season school record for a quarterback. Shrader’s per-game average indicates he will surpass the mark in two weeks. But we’ve also seen Shrader hit 130 or more three times. If Shrader hits 100 yards in each of the final three weeks of the season, he’ll be one of 12 Orange players to pull off that feat six or more times in a year.
Notably, Shrader became the running back of choice near the goal line, resulting in fewer opportunities for Tucker’s touchdowns. But since Shrader has been so effective, it’s also seen him scoring 13 points, with almost two per game when he gets big snaps (so the last seven games). He’s set to finish a touchdown or two less than Reyes’ mark of 20 in a single season. But with a bowl, it might end up being pretty close.
Although the Orange kicker hasn’t had the easiest year (according to him or any other standard), he still managed to get his name into the SU record books a few times.
He has the most career goals in Syracuse at 63, and the fourth-most attempts at 75. At 84 percent, he’s still the most accurate kicker in school history, breaking the mark. 80% of Patrick Shadle.
Szmyt also managed 157 more points during his career, which is the second in Orange history – only behind Nate Trout at 195. He won’t be able to catch up with Trout, but he can continue to strengthen his lead over the n ° 3 (John Biskup with 132).
With a veteran defensive line in place this season, we thought someone could definitely break through – and that player ended up being former McNeese State transfer Cody Roscoe. The oldest has already reached the quarterback eight times in 2021, and two more sacks make him the 13th player in school history to collect 10 in a season. Getting three more ties him up with Jamie Kimmel (1983), Jerry Kimmel (1985) and Rob Burnett (1987) for sixth place on the single season list with 11.
Roscoe is also not far from the top 10 loss tackling seasons since 1994 (when they started counting them). He has 11 right now in nine games, and having four more would tie him with James Wyche (2004) and Brandon Sharpe (2012) for 10th place.
As you thought with Tucker and Shrader so heavily highlighted above, Syracuse was probably doing well enough to lead the ball, and you’d be right. Over the year, the Oranges have already amassed 2,229 rushing yards (an average of 247.7 per game), which puts them just outside the top 10 totals in a single season in school history. . Maintaining their average for three games gives them 2,972, which would be the third best in school history. But a bowl game would mean 1959’s 3,136 yards are just around the corner – albeit in several other games. The 59-team averaged 313.6 yards per game that year.
Notably, however, this year’s team could set Syracuse’s new mark for yards per carry. The 1959 team currently has 5.33, and the 1960 team is the only other in school history to have an average of over five. This year’s one is 5.73 so far.
Defensively, SU is currently third in the country with 32 sacks. That puts them just 11 behind 2018’s record-breaking 43 pace, a mark they’ll be close to matching in 12 games if they stay on pace at nearly 3.6 for now. A bowling game (the same advantage the team had in 2018) would probably make it easier to exceed that total.