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With the football opener against Northwestern just 48 hours away, here are five predictions for the upcoming season.
Prince-Tyson Gulley will become king of the running backs
Gulley tragically broke his collarbone immediately following a career game against Toledo last season in which he carried the ball 10 times for 66 yards. If he had stayed healthy, he may have competed with Antwon Bailey for the starting job by the time 2011 drew to its end. He was the best all-around back on the team last year, and is again this year.
Kudos to Jerome Smith for having an excellent offseason and earning praise from his teammates and coaches for the strides he’s taken, but he still doesn’t have the big-play ability of Gulley. By the end of Week 3, Gulley’s playmaking will be impossible to ignore, and he’ll have won the lion’s share of the carries along with the starting job. Smith will be able to serve as a bruising change of pace and short yardage back.
Marcus Sales will be inconsistent
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There are three certainties on the SU schedule. Win over Stony Brook, losses to USC and Mizzou. Everything else is a toss up for the Orange, and the coin will flip 5-4 in SU’s favor over the other nine contests. The Orange will find a way to win a close one tomorrow against Northwestern, and win by ten on the road at Minnesota. That means SU needs...
Tyrone Wheatley spoke to reporters after Wednesday’s practice and with a cluster of mics surrounding the former NFL veteran, he proclaimed that “it’s money time” for Syracuse football. The preparation for the 2012 campaign started back when the last seconds of the Orange’s finale against Pittsburgh ticked away, ending a horrid five-game losing streak. But that’s now in...
WAER 88.3 FM is your home for SU football throughout the season starting this weekend as the Orange plays host to Northwestern. Our coverage Saturday starts at 11a with an hour long Countdown to Kickoff previewing the season.
During Countdown you’ll hear about Shamarko Thomas persevering through the death of both parents to become a leader of the Orange, SU’s trip to Fort Drum...
With several new pieces the the puzzle and camp done with, it's time for Syracuse to play Northwestern in what is sure to be a big matchup for both teams. SU coach Doug Marrone addressed the media one last time before kick on Thursday.
Syracuse starting defensive end, Markus Pierce-Brewster, is one of several newcomers to the Orange defense. Named one of the starters along the defensive line, he is poised to have a breakout season. CuseNation.com spoke with the Juco transfer about the upcoming season.
Syracuse's offensive line has been a hot button issue during the offseason and fall camp. CuseNation.com had a chance to speak to starting right tackle Lou Alexander about the line and becoming a starter.
The 2012 campaign for Northwestern opens up in the Carrier Dome as the Wildcats battle with the Syracuse Orange. It is expected to be an exciting game. Which team has the edge in week one? PurpleWildcats.com breaks down the matchup.