Syracuse University senior Ashton Broyld has been removed from the Orange football roster for a violation of team policy, Scout.com’s Mike McAllister has reported. The 6-foot-3 h-back from Rochester is no stranger to off the field issues, having faced misdemeanor charges as a high school senior.
Broyld has struggled to live up to expectations over the course of his career at Syracuse, having played running back, wide receiver, and h-back in his three seasons. Over that span, he rushed for 173 yards (4.8 yards per carry) and a touchdown, and caught 74 passes 679 yards but had never caught a touchdown pass. The athletic talent had a big drop off in production last season, following up a 52 catch sophomore campaign with just 15 grabs a year ago.
Broyld was surprisingly low on the depth chart coming out of spring practice, finding himself behind the likes of Ervin Philips and Ben Lewis in the h-back rotation. Losing Broyld means losing a potentially strong offensive weapon, as he was a physical specimen but was just never able to put it all together on the field. Philips was expected to get the bulk of the work at h-back this season anyway, but without Broyld the Orange will be looking for more playmaking talent to fill out the rotation at the position. Don’t be surprised if true freshman Tyrone Perkins winds up playing a bit this year now that Broyld is no longer in the picture.