Monday, November 22, 2010

Delone Carter's Run for the Record Book

After rushing for 85 yards on 18 carries in Piscataway, NJ on November 13th against Rutgers, Delone Carter rushed for 67 yards on 19 attempts in the Carrier Dome on Saturday in Syracuse's Big East finale against the Connecticut Huskies. His efforts earned him 1,005 yards on the ground this season, Carter's 2nd straight 1,000 yard season. It is the 14th time in school history a running back has rushed for 1,000 yards in a season.

The total also gives Delone Carter 2,876 career rushing yards, which moves him past the #4 All-Time leading rusher at Syracuse University, James Mungro. DC3 is now 58 yards behind the #3 rusher on the list, football legend Larry Csonka.

Between 1965 and 1967 Larry Csonka rushed for 2,934 yards on 594 carries at Syracuse University. In 1967, Csonka was named the ECAC Player of the Year and drafted 8th overall in the 1968 NFL draft by the Miami Dolphins. Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1987, Csonka played 11 years in the NFL for both the Dolphins and the NY Giants. He was a key member of the undefeated Dolphin team of 1972, and was the Super Bowl MVP in 1974 with 145 yards and two touchdowns in the Championship game against Minnesota.

If Delone Carter can pick up 59 yards in the finale this coming Saturday against Boston College, he will solidify himself as the 3rd leading rusher in Syracuse Orangemen football history, with his name along side Joe Morris (4,299) and Walter Reyes (3,424).

Top Ten All-Time Leading Rushers at Syracuse University:
1. Joe Morris 4,299
2. Walter Reyes 3,424
3. Larry Csonka 2,934
4. Delone Carter 2,876
5. James Mungro 2,869
6. Floyd Little 2,704
7. David Walker 2,643
8. Dee Brown 2,626
9. Bill Hurley 2,551
10. Damien Rhodes 2,461

photo courtesy of Michael Borkowski

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