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Syracuse Football’s 5 Most Intriguing Players Heading Into 2014

Syracuse Football's 5 Most Intriguing Players Heading Into 2014

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The Syracuse Orange enter 2014 looking to build on the momentum they gained from a third-place finish in their first season in the ACC Atlantic division and win over Minnesota in the Texas Bowl. The Orange were a young team last year, and they return a lot of intriguing players. Many of last year's emerging talents will be asked to take on larger roles this season, as the Orange look to improve on last year's accomplishments.

Ashton Broyld

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Ashton Broyld

Ashton Broyld Syracuse

Broyld has bounced around the offense for the past two seasons, being utilized as a tailback, an H-back and a wide receiver. A year ago, he led the Orange in receptions, and now he looks locked into one of the starting receiver positions. Some stability could help Broyld have a true breakout season this year, with his stats finally matching his ability.

Quinta Funderburk

Quinta Funderburk
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Quinta Funderburk

Quinta Funderburk Syracuse

The curious case of Quinta Funderburk has been one of the hottest topics of discussion among Orange fans. Once a highly-touted recruit, with offers from the Alabama Crimson Tide and myriad other powerhouses, Funderburk has languished at the bottom of the depth chart since transferring from the Arkansas Razorbacks. But reports suggest he was a standout in the spring and he could be ready to show the ability that once made him an elite prospect.

Terrel Hunt

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Terrel Hunt

Terrel Hunt Syracuse

In his first season as a starter, Terrel Hunt was shaky. After putting up incredible statistics against two lackluster opponents, Hunt's numbers fell off a cliff when ACC play began. The game seemed to get too fast for awhile, but he improved each week, and capped off the season with a solid performance against the Minnesota Golden Gophers in the Texas Bowl. Hunt returns as the unquestioned starter and looks poised to take a major leap forward.

Ron Thompson

Ron Thompson Syracuse
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Ron Thompson

Ron Thompson Syracuse

With ideal size and athleticism, Ron Thompson was among the best tight end prospects in the country. But when he got to Syracuse, head coach Scott Shafer saw a greater need for Thompson's skills at defensive end. He didn't see the field a lot last season, on a line filled with veterans, but after a standout spring, Thompson will be be asked to give the Orange a pass-rushing threat that they lacked from the defensive end position last year.

Brisly Estime

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Brisly Estime

Brisly Estime Syracuse

As a true freshman last season, Brisly Estime started slow, but showed that he was too electric to keep off the field for long. By the end of the season, he was probably the most dangerous receiving threat that the Orange had. He also turned in what could have been the play of the season in the Texas Bowl, when he pinch-hit for the regular punt returner and exploded for a long return that set up the game-winning touchdown.