October 10, 2007

Mid-term report card

Syracuse has reached the midway point of a season in which uncertainty still seems to be lingering.

Sure, Orange fans expected things to be a little rocky. Losing the seniors from last year's team and new guys getting familiar with what would be asked of them signaled potential struggles.

The transitions would be hard for many, but 1-5 is not where the Orange thought they would be at the halfway point.

Through six games last year, they were 3-3 and the possibility of getting to a bowl game wasn't a far gone conclusion.

With the season half over, we take a look at how each position on the field has fared to the midway point of the 2007 season.

Quarterback

When Andrew Robinson was named the starting quarterback prior to the season's opener, some said it was long overdue. The sophomore has done his part on the field and has Orange fans looking towards the future with a sign of hope.

For the season, Robinson has completed 83 of 155 pass attempts for 1,245 yards and eight touchdowns.

Compare those numbers to the ones Perry Patterson posted all of last year (1,865 passing yards and 12 touchdowns) and you can see why having Robinson man the Orange isn't a bad idea.

While he is not as mobile as Patterson, Robinson's arm strength is a significant improvement. He's able to send the ball through the air a little further than Patterson can and it has shown in the on field results..

Grade: B

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