Leader of the backs- Gulley leads talented running back corps

Prince-Tyson Gulley

There's no question that Syracuse University Football boasts one of the best running back traditions in all of college football. Look no further than the legend of "44".

So when you're the leader of the Orange's running back corps, it's pretty special.

Prince-Tyson Gulley is the unquestioned leader of that group. The 22-year old 5th year senior was elected as a captain by his peers and has already proven he is a special player time and time again. Nobody will ever forget his 213 rushing yards to steamroll West Virginia in the 2012 Pinstripe Bowl. He was named MVP of the bowl.

Now Gulley enters his final season in Orange and hopes that he can leave the team on its highest note in years.

"Personally, honestly, I just wanna help my team get to some big bowl games. Pinstripe Bowls were great, Texas Bowl was great but we wanna go BCS we wanna go big" Gulley says.

He knows it's a team effort, but he also knows if he can shine his brightest, there's no telling how far the Orange can go.

"I just want to be one of the reasons why we're getting that far so that's pretty much what I wanna do" Gulley adds.

He arrived on campus in 2010, and as a true freshman was the first person to touch the ball that season when he returned the opening kickoff against Akron. It was a solid return too, almost to midfield.

He primarily returned kicks that year, but did score a rushing touchdown in a victory over Colgate.

The 2011 season is the reason he's still on the team today. Unfortunately, Gulley was injured in his best game of the season. After rushing for 66 yards against Toledo he'd miss the rest of the season and earn a medical redshirt.

He came back as a junior academically, but with three years to play in 2012. No doubt, his best campaign so far, he tallied 830 thanks to that gargantuan effort in the Pinstripe Bowl. That includes 9 touchdowns and 2 scores through the air including a 61 yard score against Stony Brook.

2013 saw a slight dip in the numbers but not in his importance. He scored 4 more rushing touchdowns on 456 yards and added another score via a reception against Wagner.

Add up all of that production and you have 1,456 rushing yards and 17 touchdowns.

But with Gulley it's not all about the numbers.

As evidenced by his election as a captain, he's a mature leader of this team. A young stable of backs looks to him for guidance including George Morris II, Devante MacFarlane, and Erv Phillips to go along with fellow senior Adonis Ameen-Moore

"We have a lot of good backs and like I tell everyone when they come in we never lose a beat so that's how it is when it comes to the running backs room" Gulley tells me.

The season opener for 2014 is a week away.

Syracuse hosts Villanova at 7:30 on Friday, August 29th. The game is only available on ESPN-3 but of course we'll provide you the best plays on NBC-3 and CBS-5