Would've been nice if he could've redshirted, matured physically before taking over, and not wasted an injury shortened year. Maybe we get at least two healthy years out of him.Eric was a 3 star true freshman who got to play when Terrell Hunt got hurt and you could instantly see he was better. Just sayin'.
Great competition? What team did we beat that wasn't mediocre at best? NC State would be the only answer. Maybe you could include WV despite them having a bunch of kids opt out of the game. And we lost to a mediocre Pitt team. Our 2nd best regular season win that year was over a 7-5 BC team on the road.
The ACC is great competition. Spin notwithstanding. It's the same league we are playing in right now. It was better competition than we played in 1987 when we went unbeaten.Great competition? What team did we beat that wasn't mediocre at best? NC State would be the only answer. Maybe you could include WV despite them having a bunch of kids opt out of the game. And we lost to a mediocre Pitt team. Our 2nd best regular season win that year was over a 7-5 BC team on the road.
Let's face it .. it's going to take time to recover from losing that way to the likes of Liberty. But there were a few bright spots for SU I thought I'd point out. First of all, the OL played a pretty good game. Despite the string (6) of injuries and cobbled-together lineup, protection was a lot better. Rex was sacked 3x on 40 attempts. Not great, but IIRC 2 of those were coverage sacks. In fact, not only wasn't he running for his life, he had 4-5 seconds on multiple pass plays. Run blocking is not there yet (3.6 ypc). They also STB at the goal line (again), and those problems won't get fixed until guys get healed up. But overall improved .. better unit blocking, blitz coverage and communication.
Second, Rex acquitted himself well. No one was expecting him to light the ACC on fire. Obviously we missed TD's passing ability and his feet. But Rex threw 10 first down passes and 3 TD passes against 1 pic. The last TD pass to AQ in the corner was a thing of beauty. So this loss wasn't on him. The completion percentage was off, but that was mostly on the WR's (multiple drops, again). Like TD, he struggled to identify 2d options. And (unlike TD) he seemed to get stuck in the turf when no one was open. One of his incompletions, in fairness, was a long bomb he put right on Taj's fingers (which seemed to work better after the game). But overall, I have to give Rex props ... he hung in there and played a decent game. With all he's been through, it was great to see him out there healthy and having fun.
Third, Tucker. He just continues to impress. With such a humiliating performance by our Defense, it's hard to believe he had another 100+ yard game. But he did (119) with a 5 ypc average. The performance was overshadowed by Louis (170, 17 ypc average - ridiculous). But that wasn't on Tucker. Expect great things from him in the future.
Last, our special teams play is starting to flash. KO returns show good blocking (despite one penalty) and NJ is turning into a real threat. Our punter is killing it and saved our bacon several times on field position.
Dasher – my bad …. under my own deadline I spaced Eric. I was one of his biggest fans - the man was amazing. The mistake has been corrected by an edit. Thank you for your twisting my head around and reminding me to look at him.