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Former Bowling Green QB Matt Johnson has joined Dino Babers' staff at Syracuse.

Johnson played under Babers at Bowling Green during his final season and their styles meshed well together. Babers loves to throw often and throw vertically, and downfield shots might be Johnson's strength.
Jun 27 - 10:05 AM

Medically disqualified Syracuse junior DT Steven Clark posted to social media that he is requesting permission to speak with other schools.

Clark was medically disqualified from Syracuse due to a genetic disorder known as Factor V Leiden, which increases the likelihood of blood clots. A transfer would not be a simple matter, here, as the 6-foot-2, 287-pounder would need medical clearance from his new school. He wrote that he is looking to see "if there's anything out there for me."
Jun 16 - 4:44 PM

Syracuse junior DT Steven Clark has been medically disqualified due to a genetic disorder.

Clark's father confirmed that his son's career is over. Steven Clark was diagnosed with Factor V Leiden, a disorder that makes him susceptible to blood clots. Clark may have to go on blood thinners for the remainder of his life. Clark posted 37 tackles, three TFL and a pair of fumble recoveries over 21 career games.
Jun 8 - 2:02 PM

JUCO sophomore RB Jo-EL Shaw received a scholarship offer from Syracuse.

A 2016 signee, Shaw was forced to attend Lackawanna Community College after failing achieve an SAT score high enough to meet the NCAA's requirements. Syracuse reached back out to him recently to gauge his interest in reuniting. "It meant a lot because of the fact that a lot of people thought I wasn't going to be able to get back and be offered," Shaw said. The 6-foot-1, 235-pounder is a punishing power back. He averaged 7.2 yards per carry last year at Lackawanna, wracking up 601 yards and seven touchdowns on 84 carries. UConn, UMass, Toledo and Georgia Southern are also in touch with Shaw, and LSU and Virginia Tech have both scouted him. "I want to go where I'm going to be prepared to go the NFL," Shaw said, "because I have no doubt in my mind that if I stay healthy, I'll go to the NFL."
Jun 8 - 12:56 PM

Syracuse and Western Michigan agreed to a home-and-home series.

In 2018, the schools will play at WMU. The Broncos will return the favor by traveling to Syracuse for a game in 2019.
Source: Syracuse
Jun 5 - 12:45 PM

ESPN's David M. Hale believes that Syracuse senior WR Ervin Philips could post a 100-catch, 1000-yard season in 2017.

Philips was close to those marks last season, finishing the year with a 90-822-6 receiving line. With Amba Etta-Tawo no longer on the team, there will be plenty of opportunities for the 5-foot-11, 176-pounder. We also like Steve Ishmael (48-559-1 in 2016) to post improved numbers now that he has a year under his belt in HC Dino Babers' aggressive spread attack.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 3 - 3:18 PM

Bleacher Report's David Kenyon thinks that Syracuse freshman WR Nykeim Johnson could compete for immediate playing time in the slot.

As Kenyon points out, the slot in Dino Babers' dynamic offensive scheme must be fast, but he doesn't need to be able to run a complex route tree. The tiny, raw Johnson may not be polished, but he's the type of burner that could eventually put up big numbers in Babers' aggressive spread offense.
May 31 - 6:15 PM

Syracuse received a verbal commitment from three-star 2018 RB Jawhar Jordan.

"I've got a great connection with the coaches and they've showed me a lot of love, which not only me but my family appreciated as well," Jordan told Scout.com. The 5-foot-10, 160-pounder ranks as the outlet's No. 6 running back prospect in the West. His main appeal comes in his speed -- Jordan has been clocked at 4.48 seconds in the 40-yard dash. He opted to commit to Syracuse over Iowa State, Arizona, Kansas and Rutgers.
Source: Scout.com
May 25 - 10:01 PM

Syracuse sophomore LB Andrew Armstrong recorded four tackles and a sack in the team's spring game.

Syracuse.com referred to Armstrong as the spring game's best all-around performer, noting that the 6-foot-2, 229-pounder "didn't make any flashy plays, but was consistently disruptive and effective in stopping the ball carrier." During his true freshman campaign in 2016, Armstrong registered 16 tackles in nine games played. Scout.com ranked him as the No. 2 outside linebacker in the state of Ohio for the 2016 cycle. He figures to see an increased workload during the coming season.
May 9 - 7:11 PM

Jaguars signed Maryland WR Amba Etta-Tawo.

Etta-Tawo (6’1/208) was a rotational receiver at Maryland for three seasons before transferring to Syracuse for his fifth-year senior campaign and exploding for a 94/1,482/14 (15.8 YPR) receiving line, earning third-team All-America with single-season school records in catches and yards. Etta-Tawo ran 4.49 with 58th-percentile SPARQ results in Indy. Turning 24 in November, Etta-Tawo is an over-aged but intriguing prospect with adequate size and athleticism, and he is known as an exceptionally hard worker. Etta-Tawo is still learning to run nuanced routes after living on verticals and bubble screens in college, but he’s worth an NFL flyer with a chance to become a No. 3 receiver.
May 1 - 6:21 PM

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


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