Syracuse's secret weapon: fullback Chris Elmore

Chris Elmore takes a handoff against Middle Tennessee on Saturday September 9, 2017

When it comes to Dino Babers' high octane attack, the first positions that come to mind are certainly the quarterback and wide receivers. Perhaps the offensive line and running backs after that.

But the fullback?

It may be something new, but it was effective.

Babers deployed freshman Chris Elmore in Saturday's loss to Middle Tennessee in crucial spots to pick up short yardage first downs and even a couple unexpected option runs.

The end result was 28 yards gained on 8 carries for the Chicago native, which won't bowl you over but is certainly admirable for his first college carries.

"It was pretty cool" says Elmore.

"I think that can be a heavy set for us when we need it" Elmore adds of what he calls the Orange's "special" personnel.

Indeed, Syracuse hasn't dominated at the goal line since the "tank package" of 2012 with Llewellyn Coker and Adonis Ameen-Moore.

It's unclear how much Elmore will see the ball when the Orange hosts Central Michigan on Saturday but it does give Syracuse another dimension.

And another wrinkle for its opponents to prepare for.

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