Coach: Paul Pasqualoni
91-39-1, 11 years
2001 Record: 10-3
@East Rutherford, NJ
Georgia Tech LOST 7-13
at Tennessee LOST 9-33
at Rutgers WON 24-17
at Pittsburgh WON 42-10
at Virginia Tech WON 22-14
at Miami, FL LOST 0-59
Kansas State WON 26-3

2001 Final Rankings
AP-14, Coaches-14, BCS-UR

Clifton Smith is the best playmaker on either side of the ball.
Syracuse doesn't fall short on receivers and Johnnie Morant could give the 2002 version a little more passing flavor. - ( Ordonez)
2002 Outlook

When a team loses top caliber player by large numbers the result is a lower rating. When you talk about replacing the likes of Freeney, Mungro, Harris, and an entire offensive line, you are talking about some heavy lumber. Getting straight to the point, aside from all of the fading stars exiting the Syracuse galaxy, the offensive line is by far the biggest concern with untested people and redshirt freshman lining up from one end to the other. R.J. Anderson looks to be the man calling the signals. His mobility will be key with the youthful group blocking for him. The schedule works out nicely as some of the conference big dogs make their way to the cozy confines of the Carrier Dome for 2002. The early part of the schedule is full of teams that can beat Syracuse without giving the newcomers dotting the lineup a chance to gel. In time, this should prepare the team well, but initially could end up placing the Cuse in a hole. One would have to think that a top 3 finish in the Big East would be looked upon as a solid outing, but Head Coach Paul Pasqualoni is always under the win now gun. He will have a difficult time staying within expectations. The players are just so raw, but it would not exactly be a shocker if this group works its way into a firm finish.

Projected 2002 record: 6-6

QB - 4 DL - 3
RB - 3 LB - 4
WR - 3.5 DB - 2.5
OL - 1.5 ..

Passing: R.J. Anderson, 72-144-2, 1123 Yards, 5 TD's

Rushing: R.J. Anderson, 111 att., 245 yds., 5 TD's

Receiving: Johnnie Morant, 18 rec., 409 yds., 2 TD's

Scoring: Collin Barber, 5 FG, 21 PAT, 36 pts.

Punting: Mike Shafer, 77 punts, 42.6 avg.

Kicking: Collin Barber, 5-6 FG, 21-22 PAT, 36 pts.

Tackles: Clifton Smith, 92 tot., 55 solo

Sacks: Christian Ferrara, 4.5 sacks

Interceptions: Latroy Oliver, 4 for 39 yds.

Kickoff returns: Latroy Oliver, 4 ret., 12.8 avg.

Punt returns: Jamel Riddle, 22 ret., 13.1 avg.


OFFENSE: Kyle Johnson-FB, James Mungro-TB, Maurice Jackson-WR, Malik Campbell-WR, Graham Manley-TE, P.J. Alexander-OT, Sean O'Connor-OG, Joe Burton-OG, Giovanni DeLoatch-OT
DEFENSE: Mark Holtzman-NT, Dwight Freeney-DE, Charles Burton-OLB, JR Johnson-OLB, Willie Ford-CB, Quentin Harris-FS, Will Hunter-CB

Only two starters return offensively making the Cuse one heckuva tough call. Numbers are not everything and things may not be as desolate as they appear. A trio of quarterbacks exists and any of the three could start on most any team. Junior R.J. Anderson worked his way into the starting position at the midway point of last year and still remains the number one option. His passing skills are maturing and he has the mobility needed to become one of the conference's best. Comparisons to Donovan McNabb have already started before he has even had a chance to prove his throwing ability. The world waits. The backup Troy Nunes has been a better passer and has seen his share of hard-hitting action, so the options for Coach Pasqualoni run deep. James Mungro has disappeared from the backfield leaving a gaping hole that looks to be filled a committee of candidates. Early reports claim the drop-off will be minimum. Although primarily a running team just last season, Syracuse doesn't fall short on receivers, which could give the 2002 version a little more passing flavor. The combination of Tyree, Morant, and Riddle running patterns will be a load for any defender to cover. The offensive line is the biggest concern. The experience factor is practically non-existent and isn't exactly the best way to start a new season. This group will be required to elevate its game far and large if Syracuse is to make any type of run.


Returning Starters in Bold
QB R.J. Anderson-Jr Troy Nunes-Sr
FB Chris Davis-Sr Thump Belton-Jr
TB Walter Reyes-So Diamond Ferri-Jr
WR David Tyree-Sr Jared Jones-So
WR Johnnie Morant-Jr Jamel Riddle-Jr
TE David Hohensee-Sr Lenny Cusumano-Jr
OT Adam Terry-So Jason Green-Fr
OG Erik Kaloyanides-Sr Tim Carignan-Fr
C Nick Romeo-Jr Chris Buda-Jr
OG Matt Tarullo-So Charles Simpson-Jr
OT Kevin Sampson-Jr Jared Pierce-Fr
K Collin Barber-So Justin Sujansky-So



Most viewers will not see a huge list of stars lining up in 2002, but enough exists to keep the Orangemen more than aloft. Obviously Dwight Freeney will be missed while taking his tackling and sacking skills up front with him. The holes are not that evident however and the line should be stronger than most give credit for. The closest stud resembling anything near Freeney will be senior middle linebacker Clifton Smith, possibly the best playmaker on either side of the ball. He is your star of the show and he can do it all. The gentlemen on the outside of the haystack are also quick and deep, giving the Orangemen one of the better-rated units in the Big East. This will be a more than solid unit for Syracuse. The defensive backfield also has a leader slash playmaker as Keeon Walker returns for his third starting year at strong safety. The loss of All American Quentin Harris at free safety will sting. There are not an exceedingly amount of spectacular athletes roaming in the secondary so just avoiding mistakes has to be a priority for the group to be efficient. Syracuse has a weapon in Ray Guy Award candidate Mike Shafer at punter, averaging 42.6 yards per boot in 2001, and will help aid the defense in field position strategy.


Returning Starters in Bold
DE Josh Thomas-Jr James Wyche-Fr
DT Christian Ferrara-Jr Billy Wilson-Fr
NT Louis Gachelin-Jr Brian Hooper-So
DE Julian Pollard-So Ryan LaCasse-Fr
OLB Rich Scanlon-Jr Kellen Pruitt-Fr
MLB Clifton Smith-Sr James Dumervil-So
OLB Jameel Dumas-Jr Jose Harris-Jr
CB Latroy Oliver-Sr B.J. Darnell-Sr
CB Will Hunter-Sr Steve Gregory-Fr
SS Keeon Walker-Sr Troy Swittenburg-So
FS Maurice McClain-Sr O'Neil Scott-So
P Mike Shafer-Sr ..
R.J. Anderson has drawn comparisons to Donovan McNabb with his mobility and size. - (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)