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Pro Football Focus compared Syracuse WR Amba Etta-Tawo to Pittsburgh Steelers WR Sammie Coates.

"Right now [Coates is] still working on [rounding out his game], but has carved out a role as a part-time field stretcher for the Steelers, a role similar to what Etta-Tawo could end up in early on," writes the PFF analysis team. The 6-foot-1, 200-pounder has had himself a relatively quiet draft process to date after exploding with 94 catches for 1,482 yards and 14 touchdowns in a breakout 2016 campaign for the Orange. Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline pegs him with a fourth-to-fifth round grade, while NFL Media's Lance Zierlein believes that he is a "developmental backup at this point."
Apr 13 - 4:36 PM

Syracuse senior CB Devin Butler was carted off the field at Thursday's spring practice session.

Syracuse will only say that Butler sustained an unspecified injury. The Post-Standard noted that Butler was later spotted "sitting next to a pair of crutches." Butler is a Notre Dame grad transfer who's likely to start if healthy. His injury may slow his acclimation to Syracuse's Tampa-2 cover system.
Apr 6 - 5:01 PM

Football Scoop reports that Syracuse will hire Division II Edinboro (PA) College HC Justin Lustig to serve as running backs coach and special teams coordinator.

Lustig worked a magical turnaround for Edinboro this past season. When he inherited the program, they were coming off an 0-11 2015 season. With Lustig guiding the ship, though, things righted and then some, as they finished with a 9-2 record in 2016. That brilliant coaching job earned him Division II Coach of the Year honors. Now onward to Syracuse, which will be Lustig's first coaching job a Power 5 program.
Mar 23 - 6:21 PM

An AFC Director of Scouting expressed ambivalence when asked about Syracuse WR Amba Etta-Tawo.

The 6-foot-1, 200-pound Etta-Tawo came out of nowhere as a grad transfer last season to post a monster 94-1,482-14 line. "He wasn't even on our radar to start the season so I still have to find out who he is," the evaluator said. "I'm not a fan of a guy who only shows up for one season but sometimes you have late bloomers or guys who have it clock for them late. We'll see what the tape says." NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compares Etta-Tawo to Chris Conley. "He's a vertical receiver who has the potential to become more than that with additional work, but he looks like a developmental backup at this point," Zierlein wrote.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 20 - 4:19 PM

Toledo redshirt senior CB Jordan Martin transferred to Syracuse football as a graduate.

The 6-foot-3, 205-pound Martin is immediately eligible for his final season of eligibility in 2017. In three years as a contributor for the Rockets, Martin totaled 74 tackles, 4.5 TFL, 11 pass deflections, two forced fumbles and an interception. He missed his junior year in 2015 with a torn ACL. Martin will likely battle a host of in-house options for the right to start across from fellow graduate transfer Devin Butler (formerly of Notre Dame).
Mar 20 - 2:05 PM

The Syracuse Post-Standard's Nate Mink reports that Syracuse will hire former Wyoming DC Steve Stanard to an unspecified post.

Stanard had been with Wyoming for the past three seasons, but the program opted not to retain him in late December. The Cowboys allowed a touch under 35 points a game this past season, hence his dismissal. While it is not yet known exactly what role he might play on Syracuse HC Dino Babers' staff, Mink notes that Stanard has experience coaching linebackers and defensive backs.
Mar 19 - 12:50 PM

Syracuse junior WR Tyrone Perkins is moving to running back.

Perkins has essentially swapped positions with Moe Neal. Perkins missed almost all of last season with an undisclosed injury. He will presumably back up Dontae Strickland in 2017.
Mar 15 - 7:04 PM

Syracuse shifted sophomore RB Moe Neal to slot WR.

This should pique the interest of college fantasy football players, as Syracuse's high-flying aerial attack makes great use of its slot receivers. Coming out of the prep ranks, ESPN said the 5-foot-11 Neal was a "quick footed, dynamic running back" who was also a "solid receiver out of the backfield" and capable of being used "out of the slot receiver position." Neal had 68 carries for 357 yards and two touchdowns as a freshman. His move makes it even clearer that Dontae Strickland will handle the bulk of the workload out of the backfield this fall.
Source: Syracuse
Mar 15 - 2:49 PM

Syracuse redshirt junior S Antwan Cordy was granted a medical redshirt by the NCAA.

The 5-foot-8, 175-pound Cordy is the Orange's top returning defensive back. Cordy suffered a season-ending forearm injury in the loss to Louisville last season. He now has two years left of eligibility. Back in 2015, Cordy set a new program record for tackles for loss by a defensive back with 12.
Feb 24 - 1:35 PM

Syracuse redshirt freshman TE Jaquwan Nelson and redshirt freshman S Devon Clarke were arrested on Thursday for shoplifting.

Nelson and Clarke bit off more than they could chew, allegedly stealing a PlayStation 4, a laptop and a pair of Yeezys (Kanye West's brand of boots). Nelson has been charged with second-degree burglary as well as fourth-degree grand larceny, while Clarke has been hit with charges of fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property and second-degree burglary. While they were just arrested on Thursday, the incident in question occurred back in December. Syracuse has thus far not offered comment on these arrests.
Feb 12 - 2:16 PM

Vikings HC Mike Zimmer and his staff met with Syracuse WR Amba Etta-Tawo on Wednesday.

The Purple need some WR depth with Adam Thielen a restricted free agent and Jarius Wright, Charles Johnson and Cordarrelle Patterson all facing uncertain futures. The 23-year-old Etta-Tawo, per CBS, boasts "strong finishing skills at the catch point, finding the ball well in flight and showing natural ball skills on 50-50 passes." Etta-Tawo dislocated his finger at Wednesday's Senior Bowl practices. Matt Waldman of the Rookie Scouting Portfolio reported that the medical staff initially had difficulty getting the finger re-set. They taped Etta-Tawo's damaged digit to another and had him wear a glove. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound Etta-Tawo continued to practice. "He dropped one of the first targets after this injury at the sideline, but gradually adjusted to the injury," Waldman wrote. "He earned separation up the seam with a rip move and made a fine reach for the ball on an out route later in the session. His stems and breaks need to tighten up."
Source: CBS
Jan 26 - 3:27 PM

Syracuse WR Amba Etta-Tawo is dealing with a dislocated finger, according to draft insider Tony Pauline.

Etta-Tawo clearly struggled during Wednesday's Senior Bowl practice, dropping numerous passes against air and doing very little against defenders. The Senior Bowl roster is full of slot receivers, and Etta-Tawo is one of the true outside prototypes, but it has not been a good week of practice for him. With that said, Etta-Tawo caught 94 passes for 1,482 yards and 14 touchdowns this season, so there is plenty on tape.
Jan 26 - 11:32 AM

Syracuse junior QB Eric Dungey (concussion) is completely healthy in advance of spring practices.

Dungey's season ended prematurely when he took a big shot against Clemson in early November. It was a promising campaign, short as it was. Dungey completed around 65-percent of his passes for 2,679 yards and a 15/7 TD/INT rate. The athletic signal-caller chipped in 293 yards and six scores on the ground.
Jan 12 - 3:11 PM

Wyoming will not retain DC Steve Stanard.

"We appreciate Steve’s efforts these past three seasons and wish him well in his future," said HC Craig Bohl in a (very) brief statement. Stanard has been with Wyoming for the past three seasons. While the Cowboys impressed with a surprise 8-6 season (6-2 in conference play), their defense was one of the worst in the country in 2016. They surrendered almost 35 points on average.
Fri, Dec 30, 2016 05:35:00 PM

Notre Dame graduate CB Devin Butler has transferred to Syracuse.

Butler is expected to enroll at Syracuse in January. He ran into trouble in August after allegedly pushing a police officer outside of a bar. The 6-foot, 195-pounder eventually plead guilty to a resisting arrest charge, with two felony charges being dropped as part of that plea agreement. That came while he was rehabbing from a broken foot, to boot. Notre Dame opted to issue Butler an indefinite suspension following his arrest. The corner told 247Sports, "I just wanted a place where I can re-write my narrative. That’s Syracuse. I wanted to put the bad light away and off my name. I wanted a chance to show people I am the man that everyone knows me to be and the man I’ve always been."
Source: 247Sports
Thu, Dec 15, 2016 04:59:00 PM


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