By The Numbers: Syracuse Football’s Keys To Improvement

Scott Shafer made himself a lengthy to-do list after a disappointing 2014 campaign. It isn’t a secret that Syracuse needs to make a number of fixes if it wants to avoid another disappointing season, but when you look at the statistics from last year, there are a few that stick out as the biggest points of concern. Offense The Syracuse offense was miserable in 2014. 329.3 yards...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

New York Jets Sign WR Jarrod West

The New York Jets announced the signing of wide receiver Jarrod West on Sunday, August 2, 2015. West is an undrafted rookie out of Syracuse University who will provide more depth at the wide receiver position for the Jets.The 6’ 2”, 204-lb West will replace fullback J.C. Copeland, who had been placed on waivers by the Jets after Saturday’s training camp practice. West will...
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August 02, 2015  |  Discuss

The Family Connection to Syracuse Recruiting and What It Means for the Future

Former SU receiver Jarrod West and current quarterback AJ Long are cousins. Ex ‘Cuse QB Ryan Nassib and former corner Joe Nassib are cousins. 2015 linebacker Troy Henderson Jr. has a family connection to Ernie Davis. In basketball, Scoop Jardine and Dion Waiters are so close that they tell people they’re cousins. The Orange has a history of bringing in players who are related...
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May 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Syracuse Prospects Showcase Their Skills At Pro Day

The NFL hopefuls of Syracuse University had their final chance to impress scouts yesterday in the Orange’s Pro Day. You won’t see a first-round pick used on a Syracuse alum this year, but the mid-to-late round talent of the Orange was ready to make the most of their last opportunity. Jarrod West West had the benefit of being thrown to by a friend and former teammate Ryan Nassib...
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April 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Ervin Philip’s Transition To WR Due to Balance of Recruiting Class

With a recruiting class of twenty-five players, Syracuse addressed nearly all parts of both sides of the ball.  Something that the Orange failed to do is to recruit a wide receiver.  As a result, Ervin Philips, who played running back this past season, will transition to slot receiver. Philips tweeted earlier this week that he is “Making this transition from RB to slot receiver”...
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January 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Searching for the Positives in Syracuse’s Lost Football Season

Syracuse’s season to forget ends today against Boston College. After winning the Texas Bowl last year Scott Shafer targeted eight wins for his team. Whether Syracuse finishes with three or four wins, the final product will be a disappointment. But there have been some positives despite the overwhelming negativity surrounding the program. Arguably the best player on offense for...
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November 29, 2014  |  Discuss

FizzCast: The Syracuse Football Fallout After a Painful Loss to Duke

It’s a non-bowl season for Syracuse. An ugly loss to Duke means the Orange will finish with a sub-.500 record. While the SU defense held its own, the offense couldn’t produce points. The FizzCast team of Seth Goldberg and Zephan Mayell analyzed it. Zephan Mayell said, “It all unraveled. It was the same story for the Orange. The defense played great, the offense was nowhere...
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November 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Syracuse Getting Production from Family Connection

There is no doubt Jarrod West has had a rough season and a half since hauling in 43 passes for 588 yards as the third option behind Alec Lemon and Marcus Sales in 2012. Many expected West to have a break out year last year, especially after Terrel Hunt took over for Drew Allen. That didn’t happen, as West caught just 26 passes last year, and just a single touchdown. This year however...
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October 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Fresh Fizz: Lester, Offense Clicks

Yes, it was a lowly opponent in Wake Forest, but newly appointed offensive coordinator Tim Lester has opened some creative floodgates for the Syracuse offense.   We saw a variety of creativity and mixture of personnel from the OC when the Orange possessed the football in its 30 – 7 win over Wake Forest, Saturday. Lester integrated plenty of balance at BB&T Field as...
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October 20, 2014  |  Discuss

DA: Will Syracuse Take Play-Calling Away From George McDonald?

After a pathetic loss at home to Louisville, the question must be asked: Is this the end of George McDonald as play-caller? There’s no doubt he has more than pulled his weight recruiting. The coach we’ve dubbed “The Mailman” has delivered more than his fair share of talent to the Hill. But the attack continues to sputter, and Friday night was one of the most wretched offensive...
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October 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Bitter Orange: Louisville smacks Syracuse on National Television

The clock is dwindling fast for Head Coach Scott Shafer and Syracuse.   The Orange has lost three straight games and falls below .500 for the first time this season after its 28 – 6 loss to Louisville, Friday night. Even though SU has technically been “in” these games based on the scoreboard, sloppiness continues offensively for Syracuse.   And dammit Bobby Petrino...
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October 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Syracuse regroups as it readies for Louisville

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Syracuse has had an up-and-down season, the down part being losses in the last two games. A 34-20 loss to Maryland in the Carrier Dome on Sept. 20 was followed by a 31-15 setback against unbeaten Notre Dame on Saturday night at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey. Now comes a tough home matchup against Louisville (4-1) on Friday night. ''This is a truly resilient group...
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September 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Orange Offense Falls Flat against Fighting Irish

Photo courtesy Getty Images At the end of the night, the Orange fell to the Fighting Irish, 31-15. SU hung tough with the Irish throughout the first quarter, but the Orange had a couple chances to put points on the board in the first that the team just didn’t take advantage of. The defense forced Notre Dame’s first two turnovers of the season in a span of two offensive series...
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September 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Orange Unable to Finish Drives, Fall to 2-1

Photo courtesy syracuse.com. Coming into today, Syracuse had not started a season 3-0 since 1991. It will need to wait until next year to try and accomplish that feat. SU lost to Maryland 34-20 in the Dome in front of more than 40,000 faithful fans. Early on, the Orange was unable to get much going against the Terrapins, but that changed quickly as Syracuse rolled up 589 yards of...
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September 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Glass Half Full: It’s Not All Negative for Syracuse Football

The Orange looked underprepared, unmotivated, and at times terrible, against Villanova. If Wildcats kicker Chris Gough had knocked down either a 34-yard field goal or a 25-yarder the Orange would have had one of the most embarrassing losses in recent memory. We know the ugliness by now: Terrel Hunt threw a bonehead punch. Syracuse struggled to stop quarterback John Robertson, and...
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September 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Stacking Up: Individual Stats from Syracuse’s Squeaker over Villanova

Follow the Fizz on Twitter for the latest SU football news via syracuse.com Nobody said it would be pretty. Despite the Orange defense being a sieve and its quarterback leader getting ejected from the game, the Orange somehow came out of Friday night with a win.  And just like that, the team is on its way into the 2014 season. While there were plenty of negative takeaways, some...
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August 31, 2014  |  Discuss

When Will Syracuse Football Be “Back?”

Follow the Fizz on Twitter for the latest SU football news via rantsports CBS Sports released its preseason bowl projections yesterday and the Orange was nowhere to be found on the list. What is even more surprising is that fellow Atlantic Division teams N.C. State and Boston College were picked to go to the Detroit Bowl and Bitcoin Bowl, respectively. The Wolfpack did not make...
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August 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Festive Offense: Shafer Praises SU’s Fast-Paced Attack and Wideouts

Follow the Fizz on Twitter for the latest SU football news via syracuse.com Syracuse football’s offense closed the 2013 season red-hot with a scorching scoring attack. Many returning starters and promising fresh faces have already reignited Orange Nation based on eye-popping highlights from Syracuse’s “Fan Fest” at SU Soccer Stadium over the weekend. Scott Shafer recapped...
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August 11, 2014  |  Discuss

3 Key Position Battles to Watch for in Orange Football Camp

Follow the Fizz on Twitter for the latest SU football news via syracuse.com Saturday Scott Shafer and the Syracuse Orange started their first day of summer training camp. With a target of eight wins, Shafer and the rest of his staff must figure out which players will be on the field to give the Orange the best chance of reaching its goal. Some positions are truly wide open.  Wide...
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August 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Scott Shafer: Offense Will Speed Up

Follow the Fizz on Twitter for the latest SU football news via examiner.com As a part of the recent media days, many ACC coaches, including Scott Shafer, spent time at ESPN headquarters. While talking to Ivan Maisel, Shafer said the close wins at the end of last season were great for momentum—and especially for Terrel Hunt, who really came along against BC and Minnesota. Shafer...
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July 31, 2014  |  Discuss

K.J. Williams Reopens Recruitment after Failing to Qualify Academically

  via lehighvalley.com Follow the Fizz on Twitter for the latest SU football news The Orange received some unfortunate news yesterday as K.J. Williams announced via Twitter that he will reopen his recruitment process after failing to qualify academically to join the 2014 class. This will be a tough loss for Orange Nation to take after Williams became one of the highest-ranked...
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July 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Answering Syracuse’s Questions Surrounding KJ Williams’ Ineligibility

SyracuseFan.com Wideout KJ Williams was supposed to be the first 4-star recruit to come to Syracuse in a long time. He was expected to play right away and become a difference maker for the Orange offense as early as this season. With the recent news of his academic ineligibility, we know this won’t be the case, at least for the time being. Williams will not enroll this summer...
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July 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Which Syracuse Receiver Will Rise Up in the Fall?

Follow The Fizz on Twitter for the latest SU football news via Syracuse.com It’s déjà vu all over again this summer as Syracuse looks for who will step up in the receiving game next season. Last season, the popular pick was for Jarrod West to become a breakout star but had a disappointing year despite finishing with the 2nd most receiving yards. Consistency is the name...
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May 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Syracuse’s Gridiron Success in 2014 Lies in Ashton Broyld’s Development

Follow The Fizz on Twitter for the latest SU football news via Syracuse.com One major part of the passing game that was missing last season was a go-to receiver for Terrel Hunt. Last year, some thought Jarrod West would be the go-to receiver after a big spring game, but it never really panned out. This year, Ashton Broyld was the star of the spring game, grabbing eight passes...
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April 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Offensive Adjustments Key to Syracuse Football Success in 2014-15

Follow The Fizz on Twitter for the latest SU football news via USA Today The Syracuse offense came alive the last two games of the season last year as Terrel Hunt finally looked comfortable as the quarterback of the Orange. However, for much of the season, the offense looked lost. SU failed to score more than 14 points in four of its 13 games and only topped 21 points five times...
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April 10, 2014  |  Discuss
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