The man who predicted 30 sacks in the offseason had some catching up to do against West Virginia. He may not reach that goal, but Syracuse fans will let him off the hook. Chandler Jones returned to the field for SU’s dominating 49-23 victory over the Mountaineers and made an immediate difference on a hungry Orange defensive unit that wiped the turf with Geno Smith.
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Jones had 6 tackles, 2 sacks and drove Smith out of the pocket numerous times, forcing him to make uncomfortable throws all night. It was a relief to see #99 back on the field, who said it “felt great” to return, but gave all the credit to his defensive coordinator, Scott Shafer.
“Our team as a whole (played well). Coach Shafer did a great job of knowing when to call a blitz and when to sit back. Congratulations to Coach Shafer, he put a great game plan together.”
Shafer called for blitzes early and often, and his defense got to Smith at the right times. When th...