By The Numbers: Syracuse’s Quarterback Carousel

The carousel was always one of my least favorite rides at the carnival. Why would I pay money to sit on the back of an extremely uncomfortable horse and spin around in circles for a few minutes? The same goes for Syracuse’s quarterback situation over the past two years. Why would I pay money sit on an extremely uncomfortable metal bleacher in the Carrier Dome and watch Scott Shafer’s...
Via Orange Fizz
September 25, 2015  |  Discuss

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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August 19, 2015  |  Discuss

What’s Up With The Syracuse Running Game?

For the first time in a couple of years, we really don’t know what to expect out of the ground game. Last year, Syracuse knew it could lean on Prince-Tyson Gulley, and the two years prior to that, SU had Gulley and Jerome Smith. But now both are gone and the remaining backs are pretty much unknown commodities. Yes, we have seen Devante McFarlane and George Morris II in game action...
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August 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Breaking Down the Syracuse Football Backfield Candidates In 2015

Syracuse’s running back situation is… messy? Sure, we’ll say messy. The Orange didn’t have all that much success running the ball this season, and the future has question marks. Just look at Scott Shafer’s leaders in rushing attempts from last year: 1. Prince-Tyson Gulley: Graduating 2. Adonis Ameen-Moore: Graduating 3. Terrel Hunt: QB coming off injury 4. AJ Long: QB Redshirted...
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March 28, 2015  |  Discuss

McFarlane and Morris Set to Carry the Load at Running Back

Over the last decade or so, the Syracuse University football team has been fortunate to feature a number of talented running backs, and since 2000 there have been nine seasons in which an Orange tailback has amassed more than 1,000 yards on the ground. With the graduation of Prince-Tyson Gulley, the pressure to produce out […]
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March 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Fredericks Details Commitment to Orange

Syracuse running back commit Jordan Fredericks talked to the Fizz earlier today. Jordan, who signed his LOI earlier today, was the 2014 Gatorade New York Player of the Year. Fredericks told this Fizz about his signing earlier today, what Syracuse fans should know about him, and why he chose to commit to the Orange all the way back in his junior year. The home grown running back out...
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February 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Syracuse’s Promising Recruiting Class Taking Shape

Professional sports have the trade deadline.  College sports have national signing day and the craziness leading up to football National Signing Day has certainly affected Syracuse.  The Orange have picked up a couple of key commits over the past week.  Though Syracuse lost a recruit as well, overall the past week has been kind to the Orange. Chief among these big moves was the...
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February 03, 2015  |  Discuss

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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January 23, 2015  |  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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January 09, 2015  |  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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January 08, 2015  |  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

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
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