Friday, December 31, 2010

Delone Carter's [Final] Run Through the Record Book

All year long we at The Cuse Connection have tracked Delone Carter's journey through the top-10 of Syracuse University's All-Time Rushing Leaders List. We watched as he passed Syracuse Football legend Ernie Davis (2,386) for 10th All-Time. We cheered as Carter passed Dee Brown (2,626) and David Walker (2,643). Cuse fans rejoiced as Carter etched himself past another legend and NFL Hall of Fame inductee Floyd Little (2,704). We wondered how far he'd go, and Syracuse fans assumed he would settle in somewhere around 3rd or 4th All-Time on Syracuse's rushing list.

Delone Carter entered his final game in a Syracuse uniform with 2,906 total rushing yards in his career, just 28 yards behind another legend of the gridiron, Larry Csonka. In his final game for Doug Marrone, DC3 rushed for a game high 198 yards and two touchdowns in the 2010 New Era Pinstripe Bowl.

His efforts earned Carter the game's MVP trophy, and if it was an audition for the upcoming NFL draft, Delone Carter can sleep well knowing that he put on one of his most ferocious rushing performances in his final college game. Kansas State had trouble wrestling Carter to the ground all game, and DC3 routinely carried defenders for extra yards after initial contact. It was the kind of game power running backs dream of!

With 198 yards, Delone Carter finishes his Syracuse career with 3,104 total yards on the ground on 646 carries with 24 touchdowns. Carter averaged 4.8 yards per attempt in his career, and averaged an amazing 7.3 yards per attempt in the Pinstripe Bowl. Carter cements his name in 3rd place, and closes out his SU career 320 yards behind Walter Reyes' 2nd place career total of 3,424 yards.

At the conclusion of the 2010 football season, the Orangemen's All-Time Rushing List goes as follows:

1. Joe Morris 4,299
2. Walter Reyes 3,424
3. Delone Carter 3,104
4. Larry Csonka 2,934
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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