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Syracuse redshirt senior RB George Morris underwent ankle surgery.

Morris injured his ankle during camp last week. Following his surgery to repair the damage, he has been ruled out indefinitely. Per Syracuse, the 6-foot, 203-pounder will be out for at least a couple of weeks as he rehabs. The Orange will provide further detail as to his playing status for the season-opener against Colgate on Friday, September 2, after he is further along his recovery. Sophomore backs Dontae Strickland and Jordan Fredericks are expected to carry the starting load this season, but freshman Moe Neal could see additional reps in camp while Morris works his way back from the surgery.
Aug 20 - 5:02 PM

Syracuse sophomore RB Dontae Strickland ran with the first-team offense this spring.

"He's made plays," SU head coach Dino Babers said after the spring game. "He's a very smart individual. I think he's going to be a heck of a football player for us in some combination with somebody else back there." The 5-foot-11, 196-pound Strickland ran for 84 yards on 12 carries and had 18 receiving yards on three catches in the spring game. Babers is still looking for a back who can complement Strickland. True freshman Moe Neal looks like the most intriguing candidate. After the spring, Syracuse.com predicted that Strickland is "sitting on a big year."
Jul 27 - 5:25 PM

Syracuse HC Dino Babers compared his program to Game of Thrones hero Jon Snow.

"We're keeping the ice people out," Babers said at ACC Media Days. "All the guys down south are living it up and eating grapes." Cute, very cute, though who the "ice people" might be in this analogy is less certain. Babers is taking over a Syracuse squad that went a Theon Greyjoy-esque 4-8 (2-6 in-conference) during the 2015 season. He lit the field aflame with his offense at Bowling Green and his attempts to bring Syracuse back to national prominence should be fun to follow as the season unfolds.
Jul 22 - 1:34 PM

Syracuse hired ESPN executive John Wildhack to serve as athletic director.

Wildhack graduated from Syracuse in 1980, after which he joined up with the Worldwide Leader. For the past two years, he has served as executive vice president for programming and production. In a statement, Syracuse Chancellor Kent Syverud said, "John is an entrepreneurial, outside-the-box leader who brings an unparalleled set of skills and experiences to the director of athletics position." The Orange were in need of a new athletic director after Mark Coyle vacated to take the same position at Minnesota earlier this offseason.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 6 - 12:24 PM

Three-star 2017 RB Allen Stritzinger committed to Syracuse.

Stritzinger received an in-state offer from Michigan, but it was not enough to stop him from buying what Syracuse HC Dino Babers was selling. The 6-foot, 184-pounder "[p]ossesses good vision and patience," according to ESPN's scouting breakdown. They aren't overly impressed with his speed, though, and believe he needs to add functional strength. Stritzinger does not place in the ESPN 300.
Jul 2 - 6:22 PM

Syracuse 2016 RB signee Jo-EL Shaw will attend Lackawanna College for the 2016 season.

Shaw signed with Syracuse in February, but it is reasonable to assume he did not qualify one way or another. Shaw is viewed as a power back, as he stands 6-foot-1 and 230-pounds. Most players attend JUCO for two seasons once enrolling.
Jun 29 - 10:54 AM

Colorado graduate DE De'Jon Wilson transferred to Syracuse.

Wilson recorded 22 career tackles as a backup with Colorado. He did not play in 2015, though the reason for his lack of action was apparently not due to any sort of injury or suspension. The 6-foot-2, 249-pounder has one year of eligibility remaining now that he has completed his transfer. If nothing else, he will provide Syracuse a veteran voice in the locker room.
Jun 20 - 12:35 PM

The Orland Sentinel predicts Syracuse junior WR Steve Ishmael's numbers will "grow exponentially" as a "featured player" in Dino Babers’ spread system.

The 6-foot-2, 203-pounder led the Orange with 37 receptions, 570 receiving yards and seven receiving touchdowns last season. Ishmael was targeted 61 times. That number figures to jump over 100 in Babers' high-flying scheme.
Jun 10 - 6:53 PM

Four-star Syracuse QB commit Tommy DeVito was named one of the 12 quarterbacks who will attend Elite 11.

The annual competition of the best prep quarterbacks in the country will go down in Beaverton, Oregon from July 5-10. Former NFL quarterback Trent Dilfer, one of the Elite 11 counselors who selected the final crop, compared DeVito to Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who was also initially overlooked as a recruit. The 6-foot-2, 191-pound DeVito, sold on Syracuse by incoming HC Dino Babers before his recruiting star began to rise this summer, was named "Most Likely to Play Early" in the Elite 11 counselor awards.
Jun 6 - 8:32 PM

Syracuse will spend a portion of its fall camp at Fort Drum.

A trip to Fort Drum has been an annual tradition for the Orange since 2012, when former HC Doug Marrone started up the practice. Travel dates for August's trip are still being ironed out, but redshirt senior C Jason Emerich is already looking forward to the journey. "I'm real excited Coach Babers is taking it in and continuing with it," he said. "We have a great family connection with those guys, and they're just like part of the family."
Jun 1 - 1:16 PM

Three-star 2016 S James Pierre has been admitted to Syracuse.

Pierre was originally part of North Carolina's recruiting class, but he failed to make admission standards necessary to be enrolled at the university and was released from his UNC scholarship earlier this month. The 6-foot-2, 164-pounder instead joins the Orange. In a Twitter direct message to syracuse.com, Pierre said, "They talked to me about the real meaning of life and what comes with it and I just feel deeply inside I can be a better man in life and become successful." He ranks as the No. 48 safety in the 2016 class, according to 247Sports' composite.
May 22 - 12:14 PM

Syracuse named Dan French interim athletic director.

Syracuse was forced to scramble after former AD Mark Coyle jumped over to take the gig at Minnesota earlier this week. French is the new sheriff in town. He has no prior experience as an athletic director. There is no word as of yet when the Orange might name a permanent director, but French has already indicated that he does not want the full-time job.
May 19 - 3:11 PM

North Carolina released three-star 2016 S signee James Pierre from his scholarship after he was denied admission by the school.

Pierre's recruitment has essentially re-opened for interested parties who still have a scholarship remaining. Per his high school coach Jevon Glenn, Pierre has already received interest from Syracuse, North Carolina State, Illinois and Temple. The 6-foot-2, 175-pounder, the nation’s No. 48 safety according to 247Sports' Composite Rankings, is in the process of setting up a visit to Syracuse.
Source: 247 Sports
May 6 - 9:34 PM

Colts signed Syracuse DE Ron Thompson.

Thompson (6'3/253) went pro after his redshirt junior campaign, finishing his career with 21 tackles for loss, 12 sacks and six forced fumbles as a two-plus-year starter. He earned third-team All-ACC as a senior. Thompson's pre-draft workouts were atrocious, running 4.92 with an 8-foot-10 broad jump. Thompson's versatility is a plus — he can play defensive end, tackle, and linebacker — but his shortage of speed and athleticism will likely be his NFL undoing.
May 1 - 12:57 PM

Broncos selected Syracuse P Riley Dixon with the No. 228 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft.

Dixon (6'4/221) walked onto the Clemson football team and went on to finish third in Syracuse history in career punting average (42.62) and fifth in punting yards (9,291). He was a second-team All-ACC pick by the conference's coaches as a senior. Dixon showed an impressive knack for forcing opponents to fair catch, but kicked in a dome in college and possesses only average leg strength. He'll have to become a pinpoint directional punter to last in the pros.
Apr 30 - 5:51 PM


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