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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

Three-star QB Rex Culpepper signed with Syracuse.

Culpepper is the highest-rated recruit that new HC Dino Babers brought in this recruiting cycle. Seeing as though he's a pocket passer with accuracy and poise, Culepper may put up huge numbers down the road in Babers' system. "Culpepper comes from a very successful program and one that features the passing game," ESPN's scouting report reads. "He has the size, stature and necessary skills as a passer to continue to develop. Isn't always a naturally smooth passer in an effortless manner. Could be a guy that flourishes in a multiple, pro-set scheme. Reminds us of Shane Carden at East Carolina."
Feb 3 - 7:26 PM

ESPN's Jeremy Crabtree notes that "keen observers have noticed the job [Syracuse HC Dino Babers has] done [in recruiting] since he’s taken over.

Don't expect Syracuse to be crashing the rankings gate when the dust of National Signing Day has settled, but the Orange have slowly/surely started to build up their 2016 stable. Wrote Crabtree, "Down the stretch, Babers hopes to land a few more commitments from quality targets like Stewart Rese, Adrian Killins and Jalen Martin." He's logged 19 three-star recruits to this point.
Jan 30 - 2:35 PM

Syracuse senior P Riley Dixon accepted an invite to attend the Senior Bowl.

Dixon previously accepted an invite to attend the East-West Shrine Game but will take the upgrade. He was named first team All-ACC (by media) this year and was one of 10 semifinalists for the Ray Guy Award. Dixon averaged 43.7 yards per punt and downed more than 43 percent inside the 20.
Source: Senior Bowl
Jan 5 - 9:30 PM

Syracuse redshirt junior DE Ron Thompson announced on Wednesday that he will enter the 2016 NFL draft.

The Syracuse prospect posted four forced fumbles and seven sacks this season, and earned third-team All-ACC honors from the ACC media.
Thu, Dec 24, 2015 02:29:00 PM

Maryland hired former Syracuse HC Scott Shafer as defensive coordinator.

Say this for new Terps HC DJ Durkin: He's putting together one heck of a staff. Former Virginia coach and stud area recruiter Mike London was added as associate head coach and defensive line coach, rising industry star Aazaar Abdul-Rahim was plucked from Alabama as Maryland's defensive backs coach, and Rick Court, formerly of Mississippi State, will be the Terps' strength and conditioning coach. "I'm thrilled to announce four high quality additions to the coaching staff," Durkin said in a release. "We're adding a pair of coaches with head coaching experience and a group of guys with track records of being great teachers and recruiters. Their overall body of work speaks for itself as experienced leaders that have a tremendous knowledge of the game."
Source: ESPN.com
Wed, Dec 9, 2015 08:54:00 PM

Syracuse senior P Riley Dixon accepted an invite to attend the East-West Shrine Game.

Dixon ranks 19th in the nation in punting with a 44.5 average and is fourth in Orange history in career punting average (42.5). He was named to the Ray Guy Award Watch List and Wuerffel Trophy Watch List (outstanding community service, academic and athletic achievement). He's also a William V. Campbell Trophy semifinalist (outstanding football scholar-athlete).
Tue, Dec 8, 2015 09:00:00 PM

Bowling Green confirmed that HC Dino Babers will be the next Syracuse coach.

Babers broke the news to his team today. Once Chris Ash pulled out of Syracuse's coaching search, it seemed only a matter of time before Babers was announced. Turned out that he was waiting to coach in the MAC Championship Game before departing. Babers led the Falcons to a blowout win of Northern Illinois on Friday night. He will head east immediately. BGSU DC Brian Ward will coach the school in their bowl game. On a draft note, we would assume that Babers' departure slightly increases the odds that star WR Roger Lewis opts in.
Sat, Dec 5, 2015 03:55:00 PM

Syracuse could announce Bowling Green's Dino Babers as the school's new head coach as early as Saturday, according to Joe Schad.

From Scott Shaffer to Dino Babers, Syracuse will certainly upgrade on offense. Babers only spent two seasons at Bowling Green after exiting Eastern Illinois at the same time as Jimmy Garoppolo and he brought his offensive success. The question is defense, and Babers would be wise to prioritize a strong defensive mind on his staff. Babers is one of the fastest rising names in college football.
Sat, Dec 5, 2015 11:32:00 AM

The USA Today's Dan Wolken reports that Ohio State defensive coordinator Chris Ash has pulled out of the Syracuse coaching search, making Bowling Green head coach Dino Babers the clear front-runner.

We are big, big fans of Babers, who created juggernaut offenses lickity-split at both Bowling Green and Eastern Illinois. Ash may have pulled out after it became clear that Babers was ticketed for the offer. Interestingly, Babers was reportedly UCF's leading candidate before pulling out of that search himself, leading the school to Scott Frost. Perhaps Babers got a call from Power 5 Syracuse right before he did so? Wolken believes Babers is the guy barring "a late entry or mystery candidate."
Source: USA Today
Wed, Dec 2, 2015 04:11:00 PM

Fox Sports' Bruce Feldman has been told by two sources that the reports connecting Bowling Green HC Dino Babers to UCF are "not true."

Babers has created offensive juggernaut's at his last two stops, Bowling Green and Eastern Illinois, and UCF produced one of the worst offenses in the country this season. Actually, the entire team might be last in the FBS. Babers will likely move on to another program soon, but maybe not this offseason.
Source: Fox Sports
Mon, Nov 30, 2015 09:52:00 AM

The NCAA has denied Syracuse redshirt senior QB Terrel Hunt's request for a sixth season of eligibility.

Hunt tore his achilles in early September and now his collegiate career is over. Hunt missed most of last season with a broken leg. The quarterback stated he will now focus on completing graduate school.
Fri, Nov 27, 2015 12:13:00 PM

Syracuse has fired head coach Scott Shafer, according to David Hale of ESPN and multiple other reports.

Shafer will finish out the season and coach against Boston College. Shafer has been at Syracuse since 2009 and took over as head coach in 2013. It was his first head coaching job at any level. In that span, the Orange went 13-23.
Mon, Nov 23, 2015 10:09:00 AM

Syracuse redshirt junior DE Ron Thompson acquitted himself well Saturday against LSU left tackle Jerald Hawkins and right tackle Vadal Alexander.

Per CBS Sports' Rob Rang, Thompson's sack on the projected first-rounder Alexander (the video of which is available at the link below) -- catching the big RT flat-footed before blowing past him -- attracted the most attention from scouts. The 6-foot-4, 268-pound Thompson is really coming on this year, an intriguing development because he has plenty of athleticism to go with that ideal frame. The former tight end played some defensive tackle last year before kicking outside in 2015. "Stringing together pass rush moves is precisely what scouts had been hoping to see this season from Thompson, whose burst, well-built frame and strength at the point of attack is NFL-worthy," Rang wrote. "While gifted, Thompson has to show more play-to-play intensity, showing terrific effort in lateral and downfield pursuit on some plays but less passion when knocked to the ground on cut blocks."
Source: CBS Sports
Sun, Sep 27, 2015 01:54:00 PM

Syracuse will start sophomore Zack Mahoney at QB with Eric Dungey out with a concussion.

Mahoney enrolled last January after spending a year at the College of DuPage. The Orange are now on their third quarterback of the season. LSU obviously ran over Auburn last weekend, so Syracuse has a tough test in front of them.
Source: Syracuse
Wed, Sep 23, 2015 01:42:00 PM


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