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Must-Win Match-up with NC State Looms for Syracuse

As the Orange enters its last chunk of the season, it has a long road ahead of it.  The team, currently sitting at 3-5, needs three wins out of its last four games to become bowl eligible.  No upcoming game is bigger or more important than this weekend’s tilt with North Carolina State. While this third of the schedule is significantly easier than the last third, the Orange can...
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October 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Philips Growing ‘Comfortable’ in New-Look SU Offense

Antwon Bailey, Prince-Tyson Gulley, and Jerome Smith have been the strong offensive backs for Doug Marrone and Scott Shafer in the last three season, two of which Syracuse made and won a bowl game. This year, the story has not quite been the same, even with Gulley set up as the top back. Shafer has given opportunities to freshmen to see what impact they could have on the team...
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October 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Code Red: Syracuse’s Red Zone Inefficiency is Killing the Orange

Man, do the Orange miss Jerome Smith. SU’s leading rusher last season scored 12 touchdowns in 13 games for Syracuse. This year, the only Orange player who has had any success at finding the end zone is Terrel Hunt. SU’s quarterback has rushed for 6 touchdowns so far, but three of those came in the Orange’s 40-3 rout of Central Michigan. This has become a major problem for...
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October 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Turtle Soup: Why Syracuse Can Exploit Maryland’s Soft Defense

Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports Syracuse’s upcoming contest against Maryland on Saturday could be a turning point for this team. Starting the season 3-0 after an embarrassing opening performance against Villanova would not only silence the doubters a bit longer, but also give the team momentum heading into the Notre Dame game. The Fighting Irish have a bye this week,...
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September 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Ground Delivery: Shafer Must Decide How to Use His RBs

Rich Barnes, USA Today Who will take over the bulk of the Syracuse carries? Jerome Smith had his breakout season last year and then declared for the NFL Draft. Smith, one of the captains on a Syracuse squad that won the Texas Bowl, rushed for just over 900 yards and found the end zone 12 times. Smith’s sophomore season he gained over 1,100 yards, but only scored three touchdowns...
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September 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Orange Optimism: Syracuse Hopes Backfield Jumpstarts Offense vs. CMU

media.philly.com Syracuse had plenty of bad problems Friday night against Nova, but it also actually has a good problem as well. Syracuse has depth at the running back position. We mentioned in the offseason how even with the departure of Jerome Smith, the Orange has a veteran in Prince-Tyson Gulley to step in. Add in Hunt’s legs, Devante McFarlane, George Morris III and Adonis...
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September 03, 2014  |  Discuss

In Comparison: Orange Offense This Year, Compared to Last

Follow the Fizz on Twitter for the latest SU football news Breaking down the offense by unit, how does the Orange stand to in comparison to last season? Quarterback: This year’s quarterback situation is obviously better than last season’s. Terrel Hunt comes into this year knowing he is the starter and will build on a solid redshirt sophomore season. Expect Hunt’s passing...
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August 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Syracuse’s Production in the Red Zone

Follow the Fizz on Twitter for the latest SU basketball news via fansided Last year, something became obvious: the Syracuse offense would struggle, and the defense was the strong unit. However, in the red zone, the offense was pretty good, while the defense was well below average. Basically, the red zone caused the units to do a role reversal. This year, it looks like both units...
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August 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Syracuse’s Positions with Most Depth

Follow the Fizz on Twitter for the latest SU football news Earlier in the week, the Fizz examined some position battles. With three weeks until the start of the season, the Orange has positions that are still up in the air, but there are others that are 100% decided upon, and very deep. Running Backs: With a level of uncertainty still surrounding the passing game, the ground attack...
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August 07, 2014  |  Discuss

3-Star Athlete Darnell Savage Also Scores On-Spot Offer from Syracuse

Follow the Fizz on Twitter for the latest SU football news via rivals We talked yesterday about how Koby Quansah is one of two recruits given offers this past weekend at Syracuse camp. Darnell Savage from Bear, Delaware received the other. Does that town seem familiar? It should—Jerome Smith hails from the same town. And while he is no longer Orange, Smith’s success at Syracuse...
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June 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Former Syracuse RB Jerome Smith Teases Falcons Teammate Rashede Hageman About Minnesota Texas Bowl Ring

Syracuse scored a solid 21-17 Texas Bowl win over Minnesota in December, but that apparently didn’t prevent the Gophers from receiving rings to commemorate the game. Former Orange running back Jerome Smith just found out about this via Instagram, and gave his new Atlanta Falcons teammate Rashede Hageman a hard time about it on Twitter. How did Minnesota get a bowl ring and they...
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June 16, 2014  |  Discuss

ID’ing the Run Game: SU Football’s 2015 Class Is Developing a Theme Early On

Follow the Fizz on Twitter for the latest SU football news via espn With 3-star New Jersey running back Dontae Strickland committing to Syracuse over the weekend, the Orange now totals six offensive commitments. As it turns out, each player produces in the offensive backfield or along the offensive line. Building the run game seems like a top priority for Scott Shafer. This doesn’t...
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June 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Syracuse’s NFL Prospects & How The Draft Has Morphed Into Bedlam

Syracuse Post Standard Will Syracuse have any players drafted by the NFL this weekend? There’s three players on the board for the Orange: DT Jay Bromley, RB Jerome Smith and LB Marquis Spruill. All of the three are projected to be mid-round picks. None are considered top tier talents like Syracuse has produced in the past, from Jim Brown through Donovan McNabb. But the NFL Draft...
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May 07, 2014  |  Discuss

A Closer Look at Syracuse’s 3 2015 Verbal Commitments

Follow The Fizz on Twitter for the latest SU football news via msgvarsity Syracuse currently has three verbal commits for the 2015 high school class. They are running back Tyrone Perkins from Locust Valley, New York; running back Jordan Fredericks from Cedarhurst, New York; and cornerback Gerald Robinson from Hialeah, Florida. Tyrone Perkins is a 6’0’’, 190-pound speedster...
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May 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Running On: Syracuse Lands Second 2015 Commit, Running Back Jordan Fredericks

  via Newsday Follow The Fizz on Twitter for the latest SU football news Scott Shafer and the rest of the SU football’s coaching staff are clearly addressing the future of the running game. The Orange added Lawrence Senior High School (Cedarhurst, NY) running back Jordan Fredericks last night, via CuseNation.com. The pickup makes it two commits now for the 2015 class, both...
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April 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Syracuse Football Officially Debuts New Uniforms, LSU Series: What You Need to Know

Follow The Fizz on Twitter for the latest SU football news via Nike SU football had a big announcement to make yesterday and really gave no advance notice on what it would be, other than the fact that it would be made at 2:45 pm at Destiny USA mall. A few hours later, we know now that the Orange unveiled a new set of uniforms and announced a home-and-home series with LSU. The...
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April 17, 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

Trading Up: Syracuse Running Backs Have Talent to Produce on Gridiron

Follow The Fizz on Twitter for the latest SU football news When something good comes to an end, it usually makes way for something good to take its place. That is exactly what Syracuse has heading into its second season in the ACC, but at the running back position. Jerome Smith has declared for the NFL Draft, so the top two guys at the position come down to senior Prince-Tyson...
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April 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Long-Term Recruiting Effects: Vanderbilt Coaching Change Could See Mikale Wilbon at Syracuse

Follow The Fizz on Twitter for the latest SU football news via Sun Times Penn State Head Coach James Franklin is already having fun in Happy Valley. After taking Vanderbilt to three consecutive bowl games in his first three years as head coach, he was hired as the Nittany Lions’ 16th head man in program history. The only problem is Vanderbilt’s recruiting class may now take...
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January 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Eye on the Backfield Prize: Syracuse Football offers RB Myles Autry

  via Buckeye Empire Follow The Fizz on Twitter for the latest SU football news Syracuse is making its way toward the rankings, but still much work to do. It all starts with recruiting, even landing some of the nation’s best players. With Jerome Smith’s departure to the NFL, the Syracuse coaching staff needs to keep an eye on running backs from the class of 2014.  The Orange...
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January 06, 2014  |  Discuss

A Leader is Born: How Terrel Hunt Became the Leader of Syracuse Football

Follow The Fizz on Twitter for the latest SU football news via Gannett Some things in life aren’t fair. Perhaps throwing an interception against Clemson would fall on that list, or sputtering at the end of a football game against Pittsburgh . Or even losing a starting job on the gridiron. For most college football quarterbacks, that might rattle their spirits. But not Terrel...
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January 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Fizz Five: Predictions for Syracuse vs. Minnesota in the Texas Bowl

via Nunes Magician Follow The Fizz on Twitter for the latest SU football news Today is a day Orange Nation may not have expected. Syracuse plays Minnesota in the Texas Bowl in Houston at 6:00 p.m. EST, and it comes as a little bit of a surprise. Entering this season, there were many new things: a new coaching staff, new quarterback, new conference. After the loss to Northwestern...
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December 27, 2013  |  Discuss

Rome-ing On Out: Syracuse RB Jerome Smith Declares for 2014 NFL Draft

Follow The Fizz on Twitter for the latest SU football news via Town News The hay is never in the barn, but the SU football player who lives by that adage is on his way out of Syracuse. Scott Shafer told Syracuse.com last Friday running back Jerome Smith has declared for the 2014 NFL Draft and will not play his senior stint with the Orange. Smith originally said earlier this...
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December 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Ebb and Flow: A Look Back at this Year’s Positives and Negatives for Syracuse Football

Follow The Fizz on Twitter for the latest SU football news via Syracuse Media When a college football team enters a new season with a new head coach and quarterback and in a new conference, one might think the team is headed for solely disappointments. This happened to Syracuse, but it wasn’t all disappointments. Even with Scott Shafer taking over as head coach and Terrel Hunt...
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December 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Report Cards: Syracuse Football Gets Regular-Season Grades

Follow The Fizz on Twitter for the latest SU football news via Boston Herald With the 2013 Syracuse football regular season behind us, it’s time to look at how the major players in the program did in the first season in the ACC. Syracuse finished the regular season 6-6 and 4-4 in the ACC. At times, the team looked inconsistent but when it looked strong, it looked really strong...
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December 13, 2013  |  Discuss
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