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Syracuse’s Recruiting Class Gets Huge Bumps in Ratings

Follow the Fizz on Twitter for the latest SU football news via syracuse.com As pointed out by some very astute Fizz readers and commenters, the Syracuse recruiting class of 2015 was not turning any heads until recently.  Rivals and Scout have increased a few of their rankings for the Syracuse class, and the group looks greatly improved from a short while ago. As a disclaimer, the...
Via Orange Fizz
August 06, 2014  |  Discuss

The Fizz Five: Top Reasons for Football Recruits to Wear Syracuse Orange

Follow The Fizz on Twitter for the latest SU football via Syracuse Media news With National Signing Day inching closer and closer, a select group of talented football players will soon make their way to Syracuse to continue to help the program build. Syracuse is no national powerhouse. It doesn’t go undefeated. It has strong talent at some positions, and is weaker at others...
Via Orange Fizz
January 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Steelers rookie Thomas to face former coach, Bills

Pittsburgh Steelers rookie Shamarko Thomas didn't take it personally when the Buffalo Bills and new coach Doug Marrone skipped over the hard-hitting safety in the first four rounds of the NFL draft. That's despite Marrone coaching Thomas at Syracuse for four years. ''I know it's a business,'' Thomas said. ''It probably wasn't all his call...
Via AP on Fox
November 08, 2013  |  Discuss

Syracuse's Real Test Wasn't Clemson, It's NC State

Fans always look for a staple victory they can refer back on to say, "That was it. That was the turning point in our program's history." Last Saturday, Syracuse Orange fans were hoping their team would achieve that sort of victory or at least come hearwrenchingly close to achieving it -- can we assume that's why more than 49,000 fans showed up to watch SU host the...
Via SCACC Hoops
October 11, 2013  |  Discuss

Pushing for Plays: Syracuse’s Young & Hungry DBs Are Making Moves

With the loss of Shamarko Thomas to the NFL, a key focus this preseason is how the secondary will look for Syracuse. Groomed veterans along with some new faces have been impressing at camp and showing off the secondary’s depth thus far with the season opener less than three weeks away. There is little question as to who the starting corners are going to be. Keon Lyn and Ri...
Via Orange Fizz
August 13, 2013  |  Discuss

Pushing for Plays: Syracuse’s Young & Hungry DBs Are Making Moves

With the loss of Shamarko Thomas to the NFL, a key focus this preseason is how the secondary will look for Syracuse. Groomed veterans along with some new faces have been impressing at camp and showing off the secondary’s depth thus far with the season opener less than three weeks away. There is little question as to who the starting corners are going to be. Keon Lyn and Ri...
Via Orange Fizz
August 13, 2013  |  Discuss

Pushing for Plays: Syracuse’s Young & Hungry DBs Are Making Moves

With the loss of Shamarko Thomas to the NFL, a key focus this preseason is how the secondary will look for Syracuse. Groomed veterans along with some new faces have been impressing at camp and showing off the secondary’s depth thus far with the season opener less than three weeks away. There is little question as to who the starting corners are going to be. Keon Lyn and Ri...
Via Orange Fizz
August 13, 2013  |  Discuss

Position Battle Preview: Safeties

Syracuse has to replace Shamarko Thomas but has some talented players waiting to emerge. John Garcia Jr. and Mike McAllister go in-depth on the young talent the Orange have waiting in the wings.
Via syracuse.scout.com
July 29, 2013  |  Discuss

Shamarko Thomas Can Bring Swagger Back to Pittsburgh Steelers Defense

Shamarko is already making his mark. Pittsburgh Steelers rookie safety Shamarko Thomas, drafted in the fourth round, told Tom Robinson of the Virginian-Pilot that he expects to be fined in the NFL because of the way he plays football. Believe or not, that should be music to the Steelers’ ears. When the Steelers cut James Harrison, their defense lost its menacing persona. Not only...
Via SteelerAddicts
July 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Syracuse Football & The Importance Of Being Eightwinnest

As a program, the Syracuse Orange exist in a kind of stasis during every off-season. Because we haven't rattled off consecutive quality seasons in over a decade, everyone basically hits the reset button on us each preseason. That's why the Orlando Sentinel can say SU will be the 96th best team in college football this season with a straight face and no one (besides us) will...
Via SCACC Hoops
July 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Fresh Fizz Radio: Dissecting Syracuse’s Summer Football Recruiting

Another fresh episode of Fizz Radio delivered. Kevin Fitzgerald and Brendan Glasheen go in-depth on two more additions to the 2014 football recruiting class. They give us a  complete breakdown of S Rodney Williams and LB Parris Bennett. Listen to this episode of Fizz Radio here:  Fitz caught up with Williams 1-on-1. Tune in for his conversation with “The Next Shamarko Thomas...
Via Orange Fizz
July 04, 2013  |  Discuss

FizzCast Exclusive: Syracuse Commit Rodney Williams Talks Ball-Hawking

247 Sports Scott Shafer and his staff are now rolling along on the recruiting trail. Over the last three and a half weeks the Orange has scooped up four commits, including QB/DB Rodney Williams. The 2-star athlete out of Cherry Hill West High School in New Jersey pledged to SU Shafer and coach Tim Daust decided to offer Williams while he was up at Syracuse’s camp. The 5’11...
Via Orange Fizz
June 25, 2013  |  Discuss

The Next Shamarko? New Jersey Safety Rodney Williams Commits to Syracuse

Syracuse received yet another defensive commitment to the Class of ’14 this weekend in safety Rodney Williams. The two-way star stands at 5’10”, 185 lbs., and plays both quarterback and defensive back for the Cherry Hill West Lions in New Jersey. He also stars on his basketball team, hitting the 1,000-point career mark last season. This latest commitment brings Scott Shafer’s...
Via Orange Fizz
June 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Steelers sign 4th round pick Shamarko Thomas

The Pittsburgh Steelers have signed rookie safety Shamarko Thomas to a four-year contract. The Steelers selected Thomas with the 111th overall pick in last month's NFL draft, trading a third-round pick in 2014 to the Cleveland Browns to move up and take Thomas. Financial details were not disclosed. Thomas is expected to be the primary backup at safety after veterans Ryan Mundy...
Via AP on Fox
May 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Dissecting the Draft: Three Syracuse Players Taken in NFL’s First 4 Rounds

In our early draft projections back in November, we felt no Orange would be selected on the first night. We were wrong. Ryan Nassib’s stock dropped, while Justin Pugh’s rose. We pretty much pegged Shamarko Thomas accurately. Here’s a look at where Syracuse players have been drafted through the four rounds: Round 1: (#19 overall) Justin Pugh, New York Giants.  Good fit for...
Via Orange Fizz
April 27, 2013  |  Discuss

NFL Draft: Browns trade 4th round pick to Steelers for 3rd rounder in 2014

For the first time since 1968 the Browns and Steelers are trade partners. Cleveland traded pick 111 to Pittsburgh for the Steelers’ 3rd round pick in 2014. The Steelers used the pick to select safety Shamarko Thomas out of Syracuse. Pittsburgh was reportedly very high on Thomas who has drawn comparisons to former Colts’ safety Bob Sanders. While the Browns are in need of a safety...
Via Waiting For Next Year
April 27, 2013  |  Discuss

Steelers 2013 Fourth Round Draft Pick – Syracuse S Shamarko Thomas

The Pittsburgh Steelers have selected Syracuse safety Shamarko Thomas with their fourth round pick of the 2013 NFL draft. The Steelers traded their No. 3 pick in '14 for the 111st pick in this draft. SHAMARKO LANELL THOMAS Strong Safety Syracuse University Orange #21 5:08.7-217 Virginia Beach, Virginia Ocean Lakes High School OVERVIEW With his squat...
Via Steelers Depot
April 27, 2013  |  Discuss

Best available players for day three of the 2013 NFL Draft

QB Matt Barkley, USC S Shamarko Thomas, Syracuse LB Khaseem Green, Rutgers QB Jordan Rodgers, Vanderbilt RB Kenjon Barner, Oregon CB Jordan Poyer, Oregon State DT Montori Hughes, Tennessee-Martin OG Travis Bond, North Carolina WR Corey Fuller, Virginia Tech
Via NFL Draft Dog
April 27, 2013  |  Discuss

St. Louis Rams: Re-mocking the Rams draft following round one

The first round of the 2013 NFL Draft is in the books, and the Rams once again showed us that they are willing to move all over the place in the first round to get the guys they want. Ultimately, the team settled on West Virginia wide receiver Tavon Austin and Georgia linebacker Alec Ogletree. Both players provide excellent athleticism and speed to the Rams on offense and defense...
Via STLSportsMinute
April 26, 2013  |  Discuss

Top Ten 3rd-round Targets for the Rams

After the dust settled from a crazy first round of the draft last night, the Rams were left with two players they highly coveted (Tavon Austin and Alec Ogletree) but also a long wait later today as they have no picks in the second round.  However, with two selections in round three they are still well positioned to fill some of their remaining needs with quality prospects.  As...
Via Rams Herd
April 26, 2013  |  Discuss

2013 NFL Mock Draft: Third-Round

by Joe Garcia (Twitter)  Pick     Team            Player                           Position         School  1.  KC  Kiko Alonso    ILB  Oregon   2.  JAC  Alex Okafor  DE  Texas   3.  DET  Blidi Wreh-Wilson  CB  UCONN     4.  OAK  Tyler Wilson   QB  Arkansas ...
Via NFL Trade Rumors
April 26, 2013  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Steelers 2013 NFL Draft Prospect: Shamarko Thomas

Yesterday I had a casual conversation with a lifelong, die-hard Steelers fan. I asked him how he would approach the first round of Thursday’s NFL Draft if he were running the team. “Pick the best player available”, he responded. That’s where the Pittsburgh Steelers are at right now. I would’t call it full-on rebuilding mode, but there is tension and sense of urgency in...
Via Know It All Football
April 24, 2013  |  Discuss

2013 NFL Draft: “Pass-Take” Approach to the 2013 NFL Draft

The depth at nearly every position stands as the true strength of this year’s 2013 NFL Draft class. In this “Pass-Take” article, I’ll be highlighting a few players that I’d pass on early for higher value picks later in the draft.  A for instance from last season’s draft would be, “I’ll pass on Ryan Tannehill in the top 10 overall and take Russell Wilson in the...
Via Optimum Scouting
April 22, 2013  |  Discuss

2013 Mock Draft: New York Giants Pick-by-Pick Predictions

Consistency is the key component to any team that wants to play winning football. The foundation for success is built and reinforced every year at the NFL Draft.The New York Giants are a team in transition, as they have an abundance of young talent on their roster that will keep them in contention for a Super Bowl title for many years to come.But, they also have several key veterans...
Via Football Nation
April 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Clemson’s DeAndre Hopkins and the Safest Picks at Each Position in the 2013 NFL Draft

I don’t care who you are, where you are from or what you do — unless you are an X-Games athlete, we all like the lowest risk option available to us. By nature, especially when it comes to our lives and our money, we are afraid of losing. As such, we often go out of our way to put our money and our lives in the safest positions we can. NFL coaches and G.M.’s are no different...
Via Know It All Football
April 17, 2013  |  Discuss
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