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Syracuse redshirt sophomore QB Rex Culpepper's latest round of tests has shown him to be cancer free.

Culpepper underwent his final doses of chemotherapy this past week and subsequent tests have him free and clear from his earlier cancer diagnoses. The redshirt sophomore underwent surgery for a treatable form of testicular cancer in March. According to his father, Culpepper will be going back in for further tests in six weeks to see how his recovery is coming along. He is hopeful to return to the football field in the future, but just how Syracuse handles the quarterback given his recent significant health trials remains to be seen.
Jun 2 - 2:10 PM

Syracuse redshirt sophomore QB Rex Culpepper (cancer) is going through his final round of chemotherapy this week.

Culpepper underwent surgery for a treatable form of testicular cancer in March and subsequently began working through a grueling 10-week chemotherapy plan. According to syracuse.com's Stephen Bailey, he'll complete his last round on Friday, after which his progress in fighting the dread disease will be reevaluated. The redshirt sophomore signal-caller hopes to continue his football career once he's on better footing with his health.
May 30 - 1:02 PM

Syracuse.com's Stephen Bailey writes that Syracuse freshman WR Edward Hendrix "will have every opportunity to earn immediate playing time."

Hendrix (6'3/185) signed on with Syracuse as a three-star recruit in December, but won't be linking up with his new brothers until the summer. Even though he has yet to even take one practice rep at the collegiate level, he enters a prime situation to receive an extended look in August. The Orange are in the process of replacing outgoing wideouts Steve Ishmael and Ervin Phillips. Hendrix possesses palatable size for early red zone work. He's a sharp performer in contested-catch situations.
May 28 - 2:29 PM

Syracuse.com's Stephen Bailey writes that Syracuse redshirt freshman WR Sharod Johnson "increased his stock" during spring practice.

"Johnson's long arms provide him with an enormous catch radius," Bailey writes of the 5-foot-11, 170-pound Johnson. A three-star signee who redshirted for the Orange last season, he heads into the summer in prime position to capture a starting role upcoming. Syracuse has to replace two key wideouts in Steve Ishmael and Ervin Phillips. Plenty of opportunity for real playing time here.
May 28 - 1:11 PM

Syracuse sophomore DE Justin Ellis will transfer.

Ellis (6'3/240) makes it seven players who have decided to transfer from Syracuse this offseason. He joined the team as a walk-on a year ago and was subsequently awarded with a scholarship prior to the start of the 2017 campaign. The sophomore went on to play in two games during his initial year of college ball. Unless he's to drop out of the FBS with his transfer, he'll have to sit out the upcoming season in order to satisfy NCAA regulations. Syracuse figures to be able to weather his departure easily enough, as Ellis would have likely seen work only as a backup for the upcoming season. Kendall Coleman and Alton Robinson are expected to start at either end of the line, with Kingsley Jonathan and Brandon Berry among the warm bodies who will be fighting it out for depth roles this summer.
May 8 - 3:39 PM

Colts selected Syracuse LB Zaire Franklin with the No. 235 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

Franklin (6'0/230) is a strong athlete for a linebacker, tearing up Syracuse's Pro Day after not being invited to the Combine. He earned Honorable Mention ACC honors as a senior after stuffing the stat-sheet with 85 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks.
Apr 28 - 6:23 PM

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


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