Amba Etta-Tawo had 61 catches for 938 yards and 3 touchdowns in three seasons as a wide receiver for Maryland football. He has shattered all of those career totals in one season at Syracuse.
If this story sounds somewhat familiar, don't be fooled — we wrote about how he was off to a hot start earlier this year. However, having a really good four weeks is very different from having a breakout season where he was named to the first-team all-ACC by Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association. The Orange receiver earned as many votes (125) as Heisman Award favorite Lamar Jackson, which tied for the fourth highest of any ACC player.
The graduate transfer had 94 catches for 1,482 yards and 14 touchdowns. Let that sink in for a moment. For the Terps, Teldrick Morgan led the team with 40 receptions, less than half of Etta-Tawo. D.J. Moore had a phenomenal season for the Terps, leading the team with 597 yards and six touchdowns. Etta-Tawo had 178 yards and five touchdowns this week in an absurd 76-61 loss to Pitt. He was named ACC receiver of the week.
Here are the highlights to this shootout:
This season, Etta-Tawo has etched his name in Syracuse record books. He has the most receiving yards in a single game (270 against UConn), the most receiving touchdowns in a game (five against Pitt), as well as the most single-season records in receptions, receiving yards, touchdowns and career 100-yard receiving games (7), according to syracuse.com.
On a national scale, Etta-Tawo has the second-most receiving yards in the country and is tied for the sixth-most receiving touchdowns.
Not only is he exploding in terms of stats on the field, but his play invited him to the 2017 Senior Bowl and gives him a very good chance of getting drafted to the NFL. If only he stuck with the Terps.