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Syracuse sophomore LB Parris Bennett is "learning how to play with his hands," said HC Scott Shafer.

According to head coach Shafer, "[Bennett]'s a very good athlete, and for a guy who's only about 6 foot, he's really got long limbs and he does a nice job getting his hands on people in the passing game, jamming and then re-directing. He's got really nice body control." During the recruiting process, some teams saw him as a possible safety due to the wingspan that Shafer refers to, but Bennett himself wanted to play linebacker and took the starting spot with a strong spring. The 6-foot, 216-pound sophomore played in eight games a year ago, totaling four tackles.
Aug 24 - 4:33 PM

Syracuse redshirt senior C/G Rob Trudo "possesses the intelligence to excel in the middle of the line at the next level," notes NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter.

Smart is right, as Trudo is a four-time academic all-conference selection. Trudo has started the past three campaigns at left guard, but now slides to center. "Scouts appreciate this move, as it will give him versatility along with the very good movement skills that he showed while pulling and getting downfield as a run blocker," Reuter wrote.
Source: NFL.com
Aug 7 - 2:33 PM

Syracuse redshirt senior QB Terrel Hunt's "potential is enormous but the ability to pull it together and play disciplined football is a big question," Draft Insider Tony Pauline observes.

"Quarterback Terrel Hunt is an interesting case. Hunt possesses next level physical skills and flashed big time ability as a sophomore but makes a lot of questionable decisions and shows immaturity in his game," Pauline writes. The Syracuse prospect only played in five games in 2014, after breaking his foot versus Louisville. As a sophomore, the 6-foot-3, 234-pound Hunt passed for 1,638 yards and 10 touchdowns, while rushing for 500 yards and seven touchdowns.
Aug 6 - 3:58 PM

Syracuse senior WR Ashton Broyld has been dismissed from the program for a violation of team rules, according to a statement Tuesday by coach Scott Shafer.

The 6-foot-4, 221 pound Broyld caught 74 passes for 679 yards and had 38 carries for 173 yards and one touchdown, in 25 career games with Syracuse. Broyld was expected to play a hybrid position for the Orange this season.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 28 - 4:01 PM

Senior DT Wayne Williams is no longer a member of the Syracuse football team.

Williams requested his release form scholarship and it was met. As expected, the 6'4/326 nose tackle was mainly used in run stopping situations, but even that role was sparse. He was not expected to start this season. Williams joined the Orange prior to last season from the JUCO level and dropped 35 pounds to be in "reasonable" playing weight.
Jun 25 - 9:45 AM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes Syracuse redshirt senior QB Terrel Hunt "could be tabbed as a developmental option if he shows improvements in 2015."

"Hunt has more rushing touchdowns (13) and interceptions (12) than passing scores (11) over his career and with only 60-percent completions at Syracuse, his downfield accuracy has not been a strength. The consistency as a passer just hasn't been there, but with his size/athleticism profile, Hunt could be tabbed as a developmental option if he shows improvements in 2015," Brugler wrote. Unfortunately, the 6-foot-3, 234-pound Hunt missed most of last season with a broken leg, starting only 5 games. Fully healthy, Hunt has an opportunity to raise his stock with a solid year in his final season at Syracuse.
Source: CBS Sports
Jun 22 - 2:50 PM

Syracuse redshirt senior Ivan Foy has a "chance to help himself in the eyes of pro evaluators if he shows steady progression," according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"He has the athleticism and footwork to cut off speed around the edge, but his technique and recognition awareness are both in the development stages that require patience. Although he will likely hit a few bumps at the new position this fall, Foy has a chance to help himself in the eyes of pro evaluators if he shows steady progression," Brugler wrote. The 6-foot-5, 286-pound Foy has started 19 games at right tackle for the Orange the last two seasons, and will switch to the left tackle position in 2015. The Syracuse prospect hopes to follow the foot steps of other former Syracuse left tackles in Sean Hickey and Justin Pugh.
Source: CBS Sports
Jun 22 - 2:07 PM

Jets signed Syracuse S Durell Eskridge.

Eskridge (6'3/208) made 26 starts in three seasons with Syracuse, piling up seven tackles for loss, two forced fumbles, and five interceptions. He was exposed as a sub-par athlete at the Combine, running 4.63 with a 31-inch vertical and 9-foot-9 broad jump. Although plenty willing, Eskridge is an inconsistent tackler and has severe pass-coverage limitations. He may top out as a special teamer only in the NFL.
May 4 - 7:18 PM

Saints signed Syracuse G/T Sean Hickey.

Hickey (6'5/309) made 38 career starts for the Orange, succeeding Justin Pugh as Syracuse's left tackle. He was a third-team All-ACC selection by the conference's coaches as a senior. Hickey ran 5.10/5.20 at the Orange Pro Day, adding a 27-inch vertical and pumping 38 reps on the bench. Hickey has short arms (32 3/4"), but big hands (10 1/2") and excels as a run blocker. He'll have to kick inside to guard for NFL teams to mask his pass-protection flaws.
May 3 - 8:05 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline shot down an erroneous report that Syracuse T Sean Hickey completed 42 bench reps at his pro day.

The situation is this: Hickey completed 42 reps on video, but that was while preparing for his pro day. "Despite this, the message is clear; Hickey's upper body strength compares with any of the offensive linemen in this year's draft," Pauline wrote. That's because Hickey posted 38 reps on the bench officially. The offensive lineman had been suffering from a viral infection prior to the event.
Apr 8 - 4:20 PM

Durell Eskridge of Syracuse and James Sample of Louisville are the class' most underrated safeties, believes NFL Media analyst Charles Davis.

"Eskridge is a long, rangy guy, and teams might make him a press corner at the next level," Davis wrote. The 6-foot-3, 198-pound Eskridge (listed at 6-foot-4 and 205 pounds by Syracuse) had 68 tackles and an interception last season. In the case of Sample, the analyst believes he was overshadowed at Louisville opposite Gerod Holliman (FBS single-season interception record of 14 in 2014). "Sample's stats aren't as gaudy, but I think he's a consistently excellent player, and I won't be surprised if he gets picked before Holliman," Davis wrote. That precise opinion was controversial a few months ago, but now it merely looks like reality.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 20 - 5:37 PM

ESPN NFL Draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. believes Syracuse redshirt junior S Durell Eskridge could have benefited from a fifth year in college.

According to Kiper, there are games when Eskridge "looks like a second- or third-round pick." Unfortunately, they don't occur with enough regularity. "I had him in the top 10 safety group for a while," Kiper said. "I haven't seen him do well enough on a game-to-game basis, and I thought another year could have helped him, especially with the safeties that decided to come out." The 6-foot-3, 198-pound Eskridge (listed at 6-foot-4 and 205 pounds by Syracuse) had 68 tackles and an interception this season.
Jan 21 - 7:50 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes Syracuse senior LT Sean Hickey "has been the most consistent lineman at East-West Shrine practice.

"He does a great job squaring up, playing with leverage and finishing his blocks, but his arm length and lack of ideal strength when not square to his target are concerns. Hickey has been the most consistent lineman this week with his technique and hasn't required much instruction from the coaches," Brugler wrote. For the last three seasons, the 6-foot-5, 300 pound Hickey has been the anchor of the Syracuse offensive line. Brugler adds that Hickey "has lined up predominantly at right tackle through two practices, which has firmed up my opinion that his best NFL position will be inside at guard."
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 13 - 1:49 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes Syracuse senior LT Sean Hickey "might be top OL prospect" invited to the East-West Shrine game.

"Syracuse OL Sean Hickey practicing at RT but I still think his best NFL position will be inside at guard. Might be top OL prospect here," Brugler tweeted. The 6-foot-5, 300-pound Hickey has been the anchor of the Syracuse offensive line for the past three years. Brugler noted last week, that Hickey "has the coordination to stay balanced through contact, but his lack of length stands out and he's clearly best in small areas." Rotoworld could see Hickey as a potential Day 2 prospect who could sneak into the top 40.
Jan 12 - 2:37 PM

ESPN's Kevin Weidl wrote that Syracuse senior RB Prince-Tyson Gulley was impressive at Medal of Honor Bowl practices.

"Gulley is undersized but quick, showed good lateral and has a burst," Weidl wrote. "Also liked his versatility as a pass catcher." During the game itself, Gulley only had one carry for zero yards, and a 17-yard kickoff return. Gulley, ranked as the 38th-best running back prospect by CBS Sports, is projected to be an undrafted free agent. He ran for an Orange-high 607 yards and one touchdown on 127 carries in 2014.
Jan 12 - 12:35 AM


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