Every Wednesday over the summer, The Juice Online is going to highlight individual players on the 2013 Syracuse football team. This week, we’re profiling running back Prince-Tyson Gulley.
The Syracuse coaches are excited about the options they have in their backfield. That’s because the Orange return their top rushers from last season, including Pinstripe Bowl MVP Prince-Tyson Gulley.
Although Gulley missed spring practices and the spring game with an upper body injury that required surgery, Gulley figures to be an important part of the team this year.
Last year, he rushed for 833 yards and 9 touchdowns, providing a perfect change of pace back to Jerome Smith.
Whereas Smith was more of a power back, Gulley was a shifty runner who often made opponents miss. Just ask West Virginia, who couldn’t stop Gulley, as he ran for 216 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
To be sure, Gulley isn’t guaranteed a spot when he returns. Besides Smith and Gulley, the Orange also showcased George Morris III, Devante McFarlane, Adonis Ameen-Moore and Ashton Broyld in the spring game.
“The biggest thing is that Gulley hasn’t done anything all spring due to injury,” he said. “It’s a competition. There’s only one football out there so if you’re standing on the sideline you better do something special to make sure you’re getting your routes.”
Somehow, it seems safe to say that Gulley will have more special moments in Orange.
Inside Slant: Gulley’s versatility makes him a key part of the Syracuse ground game. Aside from his shifty ability running the ball, he also excels at pass catching. Assuming he’s healthy, look for another productive season from Gulley.
- Birthdate: May 1992
- Hometown: Akron, OH
- High School: Garfield Senior HS
- Position: Running Back
- Class: Senior
- Height: 5’9″
- Weight: 181 lbs
Career Highlights: Gulley was SU’s second leading rusher in 2012 (63.8 yards per game). In winning the Most Valuable Player award at the Pinstripe Bowl, Gulley gained 213 yards on 26 carries, caught five passes for 56 yards, and scored three touchdowns.