Syracuse Football: Garrett Shrader must provide results next season

Syracuse football, Garrett Shrader (Photo by Bryan Bennett/Getty Images)
Syracuse football, Garrett Shrader (Photo by Bryan Bennett/Getty Images) /

After leading Syracuse football to a 7-5 regular season and making it to the Bad Boy Mowers Pinstripe Bowl this season, Quarterback Garrett Shrader proved that he can be a leader that can lead the Orange to great things.

Shrader had a big season, with some help from Running Back Sean Tucker and the rest of the Orange offense, but as we look forward to a new season, the question remains, can Shrader provide results for the Orange?

Garrett Shrader, who finished with 2,640 passing yards, 17 passing touchdowns, 9 rushing touchdowns, and 7 interceptions, started off the season hot, leading Syracuse on a six-game winning streak and clinching a bowl game early in the season.

After defeating #15 N.C. State at the Dome for their sixth win, however, Syracuse football would go on to lose five straight games, with Shrader having one of his worst games against #23 Florida State, where he would throw for 65 yards the whole game.

Quarterback Garrett Shrader will be a key leader for Syracuse football in 2023.

Even though they hit a rough patch, Shrader would bounce back in the final game of the regular season against Boston College, where the Orange won 32-23, as Shrader would throw for 285 yards and two touchdowns. The Orange season would end with a bowl game loss to Minnesota, 28-20, where Shrader would throw for 330 yards and two rushing touchdowns.

With this in mind, does Shrader step up and provide results next season? The answer is yes, he still has more to prove and I believe that he can step up and still be the leader that the Orange needs. He is a quarterback that has terrific field vision, can think with his arm and his feet, and has the ability to find ways to score whenever the Orange is in the red zone.

Even though he won’t have Sean Tucker and the same offensive line as last season, I still believe that he can prove to be a factor for the Orange every game and cause headaches for opposing defenses.

As of now, Shrader is due to miss spring practice due to surgery on his right arm, but we do expect to see him on the field this upcoming season and look forward to seeing what he can bring to Syracuse football, hopefully resulting in another bowl game for the Orange.

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