Garrett Shrader, Top Syracuse vs. South Florida Players to Watch – Roofclaim.com Boca Raton Bowl

Written By PlayPicks Staff on December 9, 2023

The Roofclaim.com Boca Raton Bowl will see the Syracuse Orange hitting the field against the South Florida Bulls on Thursday, December 21, 2023. Kickoff is at 8:00 PM ET on ESPN.

The Orange last hit the field against the Pittsburgh Panthers, and they won 28-13. The Bulls lost by a final score of 49-21 last time out against the UTSA Roadrunners.

Last time out for the Orange, Garrett Shrader finished with 10 completions on 15 attempts (66.7%) for 173 yards, throwing three touchdowns and one interception, plus 10 rushing attempts for 46 yards plus one rushing touchdown. LeQuint Allen carried the ball 32 times for 144 yards. Damien Alford hauled in four passes for 126 yards with two touchdowns.

In the Bulls’ last game, Byrum Brown threw for 253 yards on 22-30 passing (73.3%), adding four touchdowns and one interception, plus eight rushing attempts for 43 yards and one rushing touchdown. Michel Dukes rushed for 104 yards on 15 attempts. Kelley Joiner Jr. posted 71 yards on four receptions with two scores.

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Syracuse Players to Watch

  • This year, Shrader has recorded 1,691 passing yards (153.7 yards per game) while going 134-for-214 (62.6% completion percentage) and throwing 13 touchdowns and six interceptions. He has added 460 rushing yards on 114 carries with eight touchdowns, averaging 41.8 yards per game.
  • Allen has 224 carries for a team-high 1,061 rushing yards (88.4 per game) and nine touchdowns. He also has 36 catches for 197 receiving yards (16.4 per game) and one touchdown.
  • This season Alford has 29 catches and leads the team with 527 yards (58.6 per game) while scoring three touchdowns.
  • Umari Hatcher has contributed with 30 catches for 451 yards and three touchdowns this year. He puts up 56.4 receiving yards per game.
  • This season Donovan Brown is averaging 30.9 yards per game, with 25 catches for 309 yards and one touchdown.

South Florida Players to Watch

  • Byrum Brown leads the team with 3,078 passing yards (256.5 yards per game) and has a 64.1% completion percentage this year (257-of-401) while throwing 23 touchdowns with 11 interceptions. He also has 745 rushing yards on 189 carries with 11 touchdowns, averaging 62.1 yards per game.
  • Nay’Quan Wright has racked up a team-best 757 rushing yards (63.1 per game) and seven touchdowns.
  • Sean Atkins has 86 catches, leading his team with 961 yards (80.1 ypg) while scoring five touchdowns this season.
  • Naiem Simmons has chipped in with 35 catches for 581 yards and five touchdowns this year. He averages 48.4 receiving yards per game.
  • This season Khafre Brown is averaging 44.9 yards per game, with 26 catches for 404 yards and four touchdowns.

Syracuse Recent Stat Leaders

  • As part of the Orange’s defense, Jayden Bellamy has recorded one interception in their last three games.
  • As part of the Orange’s defensive unit, Alford has collected one interception in their last three games.
  • Anwar Sparrow has hit the gridiron for of the Orange’s last three games, amassing four tackles.
  • An important part of the Orange’s defense, Leon Lowery has 13 tackles in their last three games.

South Florida Recent Stat Leaders

  • Jameel Sanders has been doing his part on defense, amassing 13 tackles in the Bulls’ last three contests.
  • On defense, Israel Carter has helped lead the way for the Bulls in their last three contests with 13 tackles.
  • Christopher Townsel has 13 tackles in the Bulls’ last three contests.
  • Daquan Evans has totaled 11 tackles and one interception for the Bulls in their last three contests.

Syracuse vs. South Florida Odds

Favorite Spread Favorite Spread Odds Underdog Spread Odds Total Over Total Odds Under Total Odds
Syracuse -2 -110 -110 57 -110 -110

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Team Stat Comparison

Syracuse South Florida
Off. Points per Game (Rank) 25.5 (82) 30.8 (52)
Def. Points per Game (Rank) 23.8 (48) 34.9 (121)
Turnovers Allowed (Rank) 17 (109) 17 (109)
Turnovers Forced (Rank) 14 (42) 15 (35)

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