The Syracuse Orange scored their first-ever win in ACC play last week when they upset the NC State Wolfpack. This week, they look to keep that momentum going and build confidence before a grueling stretch against a reeling Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in Bobby Dodd Stadium this Saturday. If they hope to keep the triple-option attack of GT in check, defensive tackle Jay Bromley will have to lead the way.
So far this season, the Syracuse defense has been able to generate pressure and play stout against the run thanks to the efforts of Bromley up the middle. As a group, the team has tallied 19 sacks and ranks No. 2 in the ACC in rush defense, allowing 120.67 yards per game. Georgia Tech comes into the game leading the ACC in rushing, averaging 290.33 yards per game led by running back David Sims and quarterback Vad Lee. The pair have combined for 635 yards this season and 10 touchdowns on the ground.
Bromley has been a monster in the middle of the Orange defense in 2013. He leads the ACC with three forced fumbles, ranks No. 4 in tackles for loss (nine) and is tied for fifth in sacks (five). He’s currently fourth on the team with 22 total tackles which is a phenomenal number for a player at the defensive tackle position. The 6-foot-4, 285-pound senior has been excellent for first-year head coach Scott Shafer at holding down the middle of the defense and creating negative plays for opposing offenses.
That will be vitally important when Syracuse tangles with Tech this weekend. The triple-option can be a huge challenge to slow down but can be knocked off track by penetration up the middle. Bromley has the ability to push the line of scrimmage back which will wreak havoc on the timing of the well-oiled option offense of the Yellow Jackets. He has the capacity to be a one-man wrecking ball to the GT offense and give Syracuse the advantage in Atlanta.
If he wins in the trenches regularly, Bromley will give the Orange a great shot at winning their second-straight ACC game before heading into a bye week. Does Georgia Tech have an answer for Syracuse’s big man in the middle?