What Landing Najee Clayton Would Mean For The Orange

Najee Clayton is one of, if not THE best, recruit that Syracuse is still going after. While a number of transfers are considering joining the Orange, Clayton is one of the last players that Syracuse is heavily targeting. Clayton, if he does decide to come to Syracuse, would be one of the team’s top recruits. He has proven to be a talented wide receiver and running back, with both...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Dontae Strickland Will Be A Crucial Part of Syracuse Offensive Rebuild

Syracuse’s stagnant offense is in desperate need of a spark and that spark may just come from 2015 recruit Dontae Strickland out of South Brunswick High School.  Strickland, who verbally committed to Syracuse in June, may be the 73rd ranked running back in the class of 2015 but he will fit in seamlessly in the Syracuse offense. The 6’0″, 185-pound Strickland is an athletic...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

Syracuse Commit Jordan Fredericks Talks to the Fizz

On Wednesday I got to talk to Syracuse running back commit Jordan Fredericks. Commiting all the way back in April, Fredericks was one of the first to sign onto the Syracuse 2015 recruiting class. He talked about what made him choose the Orange. “I went up there [to Syracuse] for the Junior Day, and I saw the whole team sit down; they all looked like a family,” Fredericks said...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

Back to the Drawing Board for Shafer, Orange

Scott Shafer’s second season at the helm of the Orange has officially come to an end.   Syracuse fell to Boston College 28-7 in the season finale on Saturday at Alumni Stadium in Chestnut Hill.With the loss, the Orange finishes the season at 3-9, the worst since 2008. The biggest problem for Syracuse this season was the offense and the inability to move the ball down the field...
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November 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Dontae Strickland Should Play As True Freshman Next Year

It’s time for Scott Shafer to consider making a true freshman the centerpiece of the 2015 offense. New Jersey running back and Syracuse commit Dontae Strickland once again led his South Brunswick team to a playoff victory Friday. The running back caught a 20-yard touchdown pass and rushed for 85 yards on just ten carries in his team’s 33-0 semifinal win over Trenton. The Vikings...
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November 24, 2014  |  Discuss

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

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

Positive Takeaways From Syracuse’s Loss to Florida State

It may have taken three weeks, but Syracuse finally put together a respectable performance on national television.  The Orange lost the game 38-20, but gave fans hope for the future with an inspiring fight against the defending national champions.   Chunks of Yardage The Syracuse offense still had trouble completing drives in the red zone, but the other 80 yards of the field looked...
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October 12, 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

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

Orange Offense Must Improve against Louisville

Right now is a tough time to be a Syracuse football fan. The Orange is 2-2 and currently riding a two-game losing streak heading into the game against Louisville. This is by far the toughest stretch of the season for Syracuse. The Orange lost to No. 8 Notre Dame on Saturday at MetLife Stadium – a game that was in prime time. Now, Syracuse faces a 4-1 Louisville squad in a nationally...
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October 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Quick Look at the Syracuse Orange

It sounds odd to say a team that’s 4-1 is in a must-win game the first weekend in October, but I believe that is what Louisville faces tonight against Syracuse (2-2). The Cards are still searching for answers on offense and they will need to find them quick as they embark on the toughest part of their inaugural ACC schedule. After Syracuse, the Cards will run the gauntlet of at...
October 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Duke-Miami, Syracuse-ND headline ACC schedule

A look at things to watch in the Atlantic Coast Conference during Week 5 of the season: GAME OF THE WEEK: Duke at Miami. This contest matches the Hurricanes - preseason pick to win the Coastal Division - against the team that actually received the most first-place votes in media voting. Duke (4-0) was barely tested by its nonconference opponents, outscoring them by an average of...
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September 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Stats Sheet Tells Different Story for Orange

 Sometimes the stats sheet lies.  Despite outgaining the Maryland Terrapins by a wide margin, Syracuse disappointed in its return to the Dome and lost 34-20, Saturday.  Despite the loss, there are some positive takeaways for the Orange. 1. Lots and Lots of Yards On the day, the Orange tallied 589 total yards including 370 on the ground.  The team punished the Maryland defense...
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September 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Wake Up! Syracuse Needs Answers From Its Backfield

Courtesy: There has been a lot of questions asked about the Syracuse running backs. Who would step up as the second guy behind Prince Tyson Gulley? Could Adonis Ameen-Moore make an impact after getting virtually no playing time last year? We needs more answers, but look to this weekend for even more separation. The Orange admitted this past week they overlooked Nova...
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September 12, 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 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

Staff Season Predictions: Orange on the Upswing in 2014

Follow the Fizz on Twitter for the latest SU football news via It’s that time of year again. SU football kicks off tomorrow night in the Dome against Villanova. The Fizz will have you covered with live tweeting every game from our twitter account, @OrangeFizz. This week, the Fizz will also be posting FizzCasts before and after the game, with a break down from our...
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August 28, 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 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

Syracuse Football Practice Catch-Up: QBs & RBs Finding Their Roles

Let's get caught up with all the interesting nuggets of interest that have popped up over the last couple days in 2014 Syracuse Orange football camp... Coach Shafer The podium survived Day Four and Coach Shafer seemed to be in a better mood following practice. We did learn that Shafer likes to refer to Eric Crume as "Crumey," so, that's something. QB Who is Syracuse's No. 2 QB...
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August 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Syracuse Football Receives Verbal from 3-Star Commit Marquise Blair

Follow the Fizz on Twitter for the latest SU football news via scout The commits just keep coming in. Safety Marquise Blair is the latest recruit to join the 2015 Orange football class. The verbal commitment now brings the new Orange class to 15 members. At 6’3”, 180 lbs., the 3-star recruit is predicted to play safety, but could make a switch to outside linebacker if he has...
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June 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Cheaper By The Dozen: Andrejas Duerig Bolsters SU Offensive Line Even More

Follow the Fizz on Twitter for the latest SU football news via scout The Orange landed its 12th commitment of the 2015 recruiting class Tuesday: 6’4”, 281-pound offensive lineman Andrejas Duerig. The Mount Carmel High School monster is the fifth offensive lineman to pledge Orange. Duerig joins another Illinois recruit: OT Cody Conway, of Plainfield, Ill. In as many years, Syracuse...
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June 19, 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
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