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Rotoworld's Mark Lindquist writes that Syracuse LB Zaire Franklin offers "a destroy-everything-in-path attitude on the field and a rockin’ athletic profile."

Lindquist is keen on Franklin's overall athletic gifts -- he shrugged off a combine snub to test in the 90th percentile of NFL linebackers during his pro day -- but cautions that the 6-foot, 239-pound Orange product has a tendency to lean too heavily on that pure athleticism without exercising discipline, which resulted in missed opportunities during his time in the Syracuse program. He's not a lock to be drafted, but there's much promise in his athletic profile, if nothing else.
Source: Rotoworld
Apr 20 - 4:49 PM

Texas A&M redshirt senior T Koda Martin transferred to Syracuse as a graduate.

Martin (6'6/311) will be joining his father, Kirk Martin, at Syracuse. The elder Martin serves as quarterbacks coach with the program. Consider this a strong get for the Orange, as they're gaining a tackle who started 10 games in the SEC last season. This isn't the first time that Martin has been in the news this spring -- he was hospitalized and treated for heat stroke at the beginning of the month, while taking part in spring practice with the Aggies.
Apr 20 - 12:08 PM

Texas A&M redshirt senior T Koda Martin was hospitalized on Monday after an apparent case of heat stroke.

Scary situation, here. According to Kirk Martin, Koda's father, the 6-foot-6, 311-pound redshirt senior's temperature spiked to 106 degrees as he was being tended to by trainer's during Monday's practice. The quick action of the training staff -- Martin was placed in an ice tub to try to lower the core temperature and an ambulance was called -- may well have prevented this from turning into a true tragedy. Explained Kirk Martin, "[The trainers] likely saved his life. His organs had begun to shut down. His vitals weren’t good." After being treated in the ICU for several days this week, Martin was released from the hospital. He was a 10-game starter for the 2017 season.
Apr 6 - 12:41 PM

Syracuse redshirt sophomore QB Rex Culpepper underwent surgery for testicular cancer.

Culpepper is suffering from a treatable form of cancer that spread to the lymph nodes in his abdomen. He will undergo a 10-week chemotherapy treatment and then intends to return to the field. Culpepper sits behind Eric Dungey in the short-term and highly-touted youngster Tommy DeVito in the long-term in Syracuse's quarterback hierarchy.
Mar 25 - 11:58 AM

Syracuse senior QB Eric Dungey (foot) was held out of Saturday's scrimmage as a precaution.

Don't read too much into this one. Dungey underwent surgery on his right foot in late November and the Orange are understandably trying not to push their starter too hard early on. Syracuse HC Dino Babers noted that the 6-foot-3, 202-pound senior is already readily familiar with the workings of both the offense and the defense, making Saturday's scrimmage -- the team's first of the spring -- a time to work in some greener gunslingers. In Dungey's absence, redshirt freshman Tommy DeVito took the reins on the first-team offense while redshirt junior Clayton Welch and freshman Chance Amie both received second-team opportunities. We'll keep tabs on Dungey as the offseason unfolds just to make sure that he's coming along well off the surgery. Injuries have been a pesky issue for the gunslinger in the past.
Mar 24 - 8:16 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline passes along that Syracuse CB Jordan Martin had a "terrific" pro day showing this week.

Martin (6'1/204) is a prospect whom Pauline has been pounding the drum for since August. The analyst is not about to change his tune now, either, calling the corner "one of the biggest sleepers in this year's defensive back class." During his pro day work, Martin posted a 40-yard dash of 4.52 seconds, a three-cone drill of 6.78 seconds and a 20-yard shuttle of 4.20 seconds. He additionally posted leaps of 37 inches (vertical) and 130 inches (broad). Beyond the raw athletic numbers, Martin has shown a nice ability to defend against the run from his spot in the secondary. He's still honing his ball skills, but the talent is there for a late Day 3 selection.
Mar 21 - 3:34 PM

Syracuse ST coordinator Justin Lustig will additionally serve as outside receivers coach moving forward.

The Orange are shifting around a number of their pieces, with WR coach Kirk McCloud's move to cornerbacks coach among them. That necessitates Lustig's additional role. Coaching up inside receivers will be TE coach Reno Ferri.
Feb 9 - 1:06 PM

Syracuse shifted WR coach Kim McCloud to cornerbacks coach.

McCloud has been working with Syracuse wideouts for the past two seasons. Over to the other side of the ball, now. He's not green to the defensive side of the ball, having previously served as defensive coordinator under Orange HC Dino Babers at both Eastern Illinois (2012-13) and Bowling Green (2014). The relationship between Babers and McCloud stretches back even further than that, as the two first began working together as assistants at Baylor from 2008-10.
Source: cuse.com
Feb 9 - 12:16 PM

Syracuse promoted co-OC/OL coach Mike Lynch to offensive coordinator and running backs coach.

Lynch will replace Sean Lewis, who earlier accepted the head-coaching position at Kent State. He's been with Syracuse since HC Dino Babers was hired by the Orange after the 2015 season. Indeed, he's been with Babers a while, not only on staff with the current program, but also during Babers' stays at Bowling Green and Eastern Illinois. Given the continuity, here, we do not expect any significant offensive changes in terms of scheme heading into the 2018 season.
Feb 9 - 10:56 AM

Syracuse signed uncommitted three-star 2018 DE Caleb Okechukwu.

Okechukwu may "only" be a three-star player, but the fact that he had offers from schools like Arkansas and Texas tell the story of how talented the pass-rusher is. AT 6-foot-4, 240-pounds, he has a quality frame, and reports indicate he has a quick first-step and hand placement. Dino Babers is giving Syracuse one of its best recruiting classes since joining the ACC, and Okechukwu is another potential building block.
Feb 7 - 3:28 PM

Syracuse senior QB Eric Dungey (foot) was cleared to participate in spring practices.

Tremendous news for the injury-prone signal-caller. Dungey (6'3/202) underwent right foot surgery in late November. He's already out of his boot and has been participating in lifting sessions. Dungey is an extremely gutty player whose body betrays him every season (he's never finished a collegiate season healthy). Luckily for Syracuse, former top recruit Tommy DeVito is set to take over as Dungey's backup next fall. If Dungey gets hurt again, the Orange will have a top-shelf backup ready to run the high-octane offense. Per Syracuse.com. DeVito "lit up" the Orange's first-team defense late last fall when he was moved to scout team.
Feb 7 - 2:47 PM

Syracuse.com's Stephen Bailey reports that Syracuse senior QB Eric Dungey (foot) no longer requires the use of a walking boot.

Dungey (6'3/202) missed the final three games of the 2017 season due to a right foot injury and underwent surgery to repair the issue at the end of November. While he's out of his boot, now, Bailey passes along that Dungey has yet to begin throwing during Syracuse's player-run winter workouts. He remains an uncertain quantity for spring practice. His availability should clarify in the coming weeks.
Feb 1 - 1:05 PM

Syracuse hired Kirk Martin as QB coach.

Martin was formerly the head coach at Manvel (Tex.) high school. Martin and Babers are well acquainted because Martin’s son, Koda, is married to Babers’ daughter Jazzmin. Koda is a starting offensive tackle at Texas A&M. Manvel produced several D-1 talents. Martin has deep in-roads in Texas, and Babers will no doubt be looking for him to be capitalizing on those on the recruiting trail.
Source: 247 Sports
Jan 30 - 11:52 PM

Syracuse received a verbal commitment from three-star 2018 RB Jarveon Howard.

Howard picks the Orange over offers from Mississippi, Mississippi State and Tennessee, among others. He ranks as the 35th best tailback by 247 Sports composite rankings. This is Syracuse's best recruiting class in years, and Howard is another solid addition as HC Dino Babers tries to build the Orange into a consistent ACC contender.
Jan 29 - 1:46 PM

Former Oklahoma junior RB Abdul Adams transferred to Syracuse.

Dino Babers strikes again on the free-agent transfer market. First, he snagged former four-star Michigan State receiver Trishton Jackson last week, and now he's landed Adams, another former four-star recruit who immediately becomes the most talented back Babers has had in New York. The 5-foot-11, 205-pound Adams rushed for 542 yards with two total touchdowns on an eye-popping 9.2 yards per carry last year. Oklahoma minimized his role in the offense as the season went on due to Adams' ball-security issues and the emergence of Rodney Anderson. Adams, who must sit out next season to satisfy transfer rules, will have two years of eligibility remaining beginning in 2019. He should become Syracuse's RB1 the second he's eligible. His speed and shiftiness could lead to huge numbers in this explosive offense.
Source: 247 Sports
Jan 22 - 7:44 PM


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