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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

Syracuse.com's Stephen Bailey reports that Syracuse junior CB's Corey Winfield and Chauncey Scissum were stabbed by former CB Naesean Howard.

Upstate University Hospital would not offer an update on the condition of Scissum, but Winfield is currently in stable condition. According to the initial police report, the stabbings occurred at an apartment on Syracuse's South Campus. Just after 6:00 PM on Saturday, Howard was arrested and charged with two counts of assault in the second degree and criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree.
Apr 17 - 2:30 PM

Maryland graduate WR Amba Etta-Tawo transferred to Syracuse.

Etta-Tawo's transfer intentions first became public knowledge in early March. We now know his future home. The 6-foot-1, 200-pounder wrote of his Syracuse decision in a Facebook message, saying, "I am committed and fired up!" For his career at Maryland, Etta-Tawo notched 61 catches for 938 yards and a trio of touchdowns. Syracuse returns receiving starters in junior Steve Ishmael and senior Brisly Estime, meaning that Etta-Tawo will likely have to scrap a bit for playing time.
Mar 24 - 1:50 PM

Delaware State graduate DE Gabe Sherrod confirmed he will enroll at Syracuse.

As expected. The 6-foot-4, 240-pound Sherrod, who spent the past four seasons at Delaware State, is eligible to play immediately in 2016. Sherrod posted an incredible 25 TFL last year, good for second in the FCS. Sherrod will "immediately be thrown into the mix with redshirt freshman Jake Pickard being Syracuse’s lone returning scholarship defense end," reported the Syracuse Post-Standard.
Mar 7 - 2:16 PM

Former Syracuse freshman DE Qaadir Sheppard is visiting Ole Miss.

Sheppard was one of several Syracuse defensive linemen dismissed from the team in February for a violation of team rules. The 6-foot-3, 233-pounder had previously been suspended for the final three games of the regular season due to a pair of reported failed drug tests. He appeared in nine games during the 2015 campaign, playing primarily on special teams while recording a tackle and an interception. Should he opt to transfer to either Ole Miss or another FBS program, he'll have to sit out a year due to NCAA transfer regulations.
Mar 5 - 12:05 PM

Maryland graduate WR Amba Etta-Tawo will transfer.

Etta-Tawo will "explore graduate transfer opportunities," likely because he was buried on Maryland's wide receiver depth chart behind Levern Jacobs, D.J. Moore, Taivon Jacobs and Tino Ellis. Across three seasons at Maryland, Etta-Tawo posted 61 catches for 938 yards and three touchdowns. He can transfer wherever he likes and play immediately.
Source: SB Nation
Mar 2 - 7:31 PM

Syracuse redshirt senior RB Devante McFarlane will transfer.

The 6-foot, 191-pound McFarlane had 111 carries for 563 yards and a touchdown on the ground and 10 receptions for 116 yards during his career with the Orange. McFarlane wasn't going to beat out Jordan Fredericks for the starting gig this fall, so presumably he's leaving to find more playing time. We were not able to ascertain if he's on track to graduate this spring, which would allow him to transfer wherever he pleases without penalty.
Mar 2 - 4:06 PM

Delaware State graduate DE Gabe Sherrod will transfer to Syracuse.

No huge surprise here, as earlier in February Sherrod said that Syracuse was "definitely the front-runner" for his services. The 6-foot-4, 240-pounder's decision comes not a moment too soon for Syracuse, as HC Dino Babers has dismissed three defensive linemen this month due to various violations of team rules. The latest being redshirt freshman DE Kenny Carter. For the 2015 campaign, Sherrod recorded 64 tackles (25 for loss) and eight sacks with Delaware State. Given the threadbare nature of the Orange's line, he should see opportunities to play immediately.
Feb 28 - 7:38 PM

Syracuse redshirt freshman DE Kenny Carter has been dismissed from the team due to a violation of team rules.

Par for the course, no further information was given as to why Carter was dismissed. One thing's clear, though: New HC Dino Babers is not keen on violations of team rules. In the month of February alone, Carter is the fourth player to be dismissed from the team. The 6-foot-4, 283-pounder didn't play in 2015, as he remains a raw prospect more than a finished product. With his departure, Syracuse is now down to just one returning scholarship player on the defensive line in redshirt freshman Jake Pickard. Redshirt junior TE Trey Dunkelberger and freshman LB Kenneth Ruff have been moved to the line as replacements.
Feb 28 - 6:14 PM

Syracuse freshman QB Eric Dungey (head) has been given a clean bill of health.

Dungey missed the final three games of last season after suffering a concussion. Nobody was more happy about the hiring of Dino Babers -- who brings with him a high-flying aerial attack -- than Dungey, who Syracuse.com calls "without question the jewel Dino Babers inherited when he accepted the Syracuse job." Dungey played last year just a smidge over 200 pounds but is up to 216 and hopes to be at 225 by Week 1.
Feb 23 - 4:38 PM

Syracuse dismissed redshirt junior G Alex Hayes for a violation of team rules.

The exact reason for Hayes' dismissal hasn't been made public, but regardless, he won't be playing for the Orange next season. The 6-foot-2, 290-pound redshirt junior did not take the field in any game outside of the team's season-opener in 2015, but Syracuse has only two starters on the line returning for the 2016 campaign, meaning Hayes probably could have jostled for more time next season. That won't be happening anymore.
Feb 21 - 1:01 PM

Syracuse redshirt senior WR Ben Lewis has left the program.

No word as of yet if Lewis is transferring or simply hanging up his pads for good. The 6-foot-2, 208-pound redshirt senior has one year of eligibility remaining and it wouldn't be a surprise if a graduate transfer was in the works here. Time shall tell. For his career with the Orange, Lewis caught 43 passes for 490 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Feb 21 - 12:49 PM

Delaware State graduate DE Gabe Sherrod indicated that Syracuse is currently his leading transfer contender.

Said Sherrod, "Syracuse has been on top of things the entire time. They are definitely the front-runner." The 6-foot-4, 240-pounder played quarterback in high school, opened his Delaware State career as a wide receiver and switched to defensive end as a redshirt sophomore. Last season, he recorded 64 tackles (25 for loss) and eight sacks. Duke, Coastal Carolina and Southern Illinois have also been in touch with Sherrod, but the Orange appear to be the strong favorites at this point.
Feb 11 - 9:50 PM

Syracuse freshman DE Qaadir Sheppard and freshman DE Amir Ealey were dismissed from the program.

Neither player was a significant statistical contributor for the Orange last season, with Sheppard recording a tackle and interception in nine games while Ealey appeared in seven contests while performing (mostly) special teams duty. It's not a huge surprise they've been dismissed--both young men were already on indefinite suspension due to a reported pair of failed drug tests. With Sheppard and Ealey out of the picture, HC Dino Babers now has just two scholarship defensive ends on his roster. He did bring in three more on National Signing Day, but the Orange have their work cut out for them on the defensive line.
Feb 4 - 1:51 PM


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