Syracuse Names Team Captains for Upcoming Season

The Orange named its team captains for the football season yesterday, and there are really no surprises on the selections.  The offense and defense are both represented by two players each, and all four players will be relied upon heavily throughout the year. Terrel Hunt The fifth-year starting quarterback is undoubtedly the most important cog in the Orange’s offense.  Coming...
Via Orange Fizz
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Yes Scott Shafer Is On The Hot Seat, But It’s Wrong To Already Write Him Off

Back in March, the Fizz published a post called “Scott Shafer Is Officially On The Hot Seat.” Some readers were frustrated with the statement, but 2015 is clearly a make or break season for Syracuse’s head man. If the Fizz saying Shafer’s job isn’t secure isn’t enough, this week Pete Thamel of Sports Illustrated wrote that Shafer is under pressure because of the way last...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

LSU Football: Schedule Breakdown Part 2

After two weeks facing tough SEC competition in a brutal start to the season, LSU Football will get a much needed break in their next 4 games. The Tigers have back-to-back games against opponents with combined records of 5-19 in 2014 and play two SEC East foes who both finished only one game above 500. First the Tigers travel to New York to play Syracuse on September 26th. In 2014...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Where Should Syracuse Football Be In A Month?

The upcoming month of September will be a very important one for Syracuse football. How a team stats the season determines the mood going forward for the team, the coaching staff and the fan base. The Orange’s schedule gives it an opportunity to be in a very good spot this time next month, but the question is whether or not the inexperienced defense and unreliable offense can put...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Syracuse Injury Update: Ron Thompson On The Mend

Injuries suck. They take away from the potential of teams and leave fans wondering what could have been. Would Syracuse football have won more games in 2014 if Terrel Hunt hadn’t torn his ACL? What about Syracuse basketball with Chris McCullough? We’ll never know, but all we can hope is that the 2015 Orange is better off than last year’s version. Here’s a look at some of...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Syracuse coach Scott Shafer enters season on hot seat

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Scott Shafer enters his third season at Syracuse somewhat under the gun. He's not fazed. ''College football is about pressure every single year,'' Shafer said. ''They're just going to look at the bottom line, year in and year out. I understand that.'' Named head coach after Doug Marrone bolted for the NFL, the Orange's former defensive coordinator also understands...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

The SU Offense’s Problem Last Year? Check The Sack Rates

One of the biggest problems last year with the Orange offense was the offensive line play. The O-Line struggled and that meant the running game could never get going, and the SU quarterback(s) were under pressure most times they dropped back. Well, now there are some interesting numbers to back this up. David Hale of ESPN tweeted out a grid of the ACC sack rates from last year, basically...
Via Orange Fizz
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Writer Spotlight: Joe Manganiello On Syracuse Football

With the Student Section staff unveiling a new ACC football roundtable on Tuesday, it’s worth looking at a different corner of that conference, but it’s also a good time to step back and appreciate the larger community of Bloguin writers. What follows is a profile of a team, but it’s also a chance to showcase a Bloguin writer and tell you about some of the people who work at...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

ACC Media Kickoff? We Must Be on the Verge of Football Season!

As is tradition, the ACC hosted its media kickoff weekend which concluded with head coaches taking the podium on Tuesday. And when Scott Shafer takes the podium, it’s must-watch content, as he’s been known to say some pretty crazy things while in front of the microphones. Over the weekend, Syracuse selected quarterback Terrel Hunt and defensive standout Zaire Franklin as their...
Via Orange Fizz
July 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Like It Or Not Zaire Franklin Is Syracuse’s Leader on Defense in 2015

The Syracuse coaching staff chose two players to represent the program at Sunday-Tuesday’s ACC Media Days. There were no surprises when it was announced that senior quarterback Terrel Hunt would be one player present at the festivities in North Carolina. Many fans did not expect to see the staff’s defensive selection get the nod however, sophomore linebacker Zaire Franklin. Some...
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July 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Monday Recruiting: Camp Weekend and an SU QB Update

This past weekend the Syracuse football program welcomed a host of players for an evaluation camp. Over 20 high school players made the trip to the Hill. The SU staff looked at seven quarterbacks including 2016 target Jarrett Collins who the Fizz spoke with earlier this week. A second quarterback who came up was 2017 QB Kasim Hill out of Maryland. Hill attended a Syracuse camp back...
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June 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Syracuse Zeroing in on QBs in Class of 2016

While The Fizz introduced a new Syracuse QB target yesterday in Jarrett Collins, he isn’t the only Class of 2016 QB the Orange has its sights set on. Yesterday afternoon, Syracuse.com’s Stephen Bailey tweeted that Tampa quarterback Rex Culpepper would be taking a visit to Syracuse next week and could be close to making a decision. Culpepper is ranked as a 3-star recruit according...
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June 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Syracuse Football Betting Line Set At 4.5 Wins

The football season is still months away, but when has that ever stopped people from putting money on it? 5Dimes, a European based sportsbook, has already released it’s college football over/under win totals for the 2015 season. The betting line for the Orange is 4.5 wis. That seems a bit low, doesn’t it? Looking at Syracuse’s schedule, only winning four games would be a major...
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May 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Watch: Hunt, Shafer talk about upcoming season

The 2014 season was a disastrous one for Syracuse, as the Orange lost nine of its last 10 games to finish with the year with a 3-9 record. However, there is cause for optimism in 2015. Promising quarterback Terrel Hunt appears to be back and healthy again after fracturing his fibula during the fifth game of the season against Louisville. Also, this year will be the first that the...
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May 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Is 2015 The Worst SU Sports Year Ever?

  When it comes to Syracuse sports, 2015 has been bad. There’s no doubting that. But has this year been the worst in the school’s history? With sanctions, no NCAA Tournament, and no bowl game, there’s certainly a case to be made. The Football Season After the school’s second straight bowl win, things were looking up for Syracuse football. Two senior running backs and a growing...
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April 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Scott Shafer Addresses Recruiting After Spring Game and SU Gets First 2016 Commit

After the Spring Football game Syracuse head coach Scott Shafer talked about how happy he was to get out of the spring with no injuries. He also discussed how it took Terrel Hunt some time to get healthy this winter and then said he was impressed by Zaire Franklin’s Spring Game performance. He also touched on recruiting starting by breaking down the class of 2015, “Last year...
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April 06, 2015  |  Discuss

2015-16 Season is Crucial for Syracuse and Shafer

Twelve months can change a lot of things and Syracuse football coach Scott Shafer found this out in a big way.   At the end of his first season as the Orange head coach, Shafer was celebrating a Texas Bowl Championship.  One year later, he is answering questions about what went wrong with his team that went 3-9. Though football does not quite compare to basketball in terms of...
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February 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Syracuse Adds Another Quarterback to its 2015 Class

National Signing Day may have been over a week ago, but that hasn’t stopped the Orange from making more recruiting moves. Alabama quarterback Kenterius Womack signed his Letter of Intent to play at Syracuse Thursday night after arriving on campus Wednesday for a visit. Scott Shafer says Womack simply fell through the cracks when it came to being recruited. The QB hails from Luverne...
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February 15, 2015  |  Discuss

It’s Easy to Forget About Terrel Hunt

With National Signing Day coming and going, SU football now will begin to focus on building its depth chart despite the opening game being half a year away. Amid tons of shuffling and controversy at the quarterback position during the second half of the season, it has become very easy to forget what Terrel Hunt did for the program in his little time as the starter. Hunt, who fractured...
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February 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Does SU Want To Get Involved With Another Transfer QB?

As we get closer to National Signing Day, there are more whispers surrounding the quarterback position for Syracuse. Whether it is Penn State transfer Michael O’Connor, or Houston transfer John O’Korn, the Orange has been linked to multiple transfer QB’s. But given the Orange’s recent history with transfer quarterbacks, should SU want to get in bed with another transfer?...
Via Orange Fizz
January 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Transfer Could Muddle Orange Under Center Before NSD

Former Houston quarterback John O’Korn is reportedly considering Syracuse as a transfer destination.  The Orange, whohad a plethora of quarterback troubles last season, already have a crowded depth chart under center for the near future. O’Korn was benched five games into this past season, and is now looking at four schools as a potential transfer: SU, Miami, Wisconsin, and...
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January 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Syracuse Football 2014: Not Pretty

With the Orange’s loss to Duke yesterday, the team has finally been eliminated from bowl contention.  With two road games left, it’s nearly possible to call this season any kind of success.  But, what will 2014’s team be remembered for? The Year of the Quarterback: From week one it seemed like the Orange’s offense was a total downgrade from last year’s unit.  Terrel...
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November 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Duke-Syracuse again - in football

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Syracuse has faced a gauntlet of a schedule, and it isn't over just yet. The reeling Orange (3-6, 1-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) host No. 22 Duke on Saturday, and the injuries continue to mount. Syracuse needs a victory to keep its bowl hopes alive, and its top two quarterbacks are hurt. Starter Terrel Hunt is out with a broken calf bone and now freshman AJ Long...
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November 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Shafer: Syracuse QB AJ Long Likely to Miss Duke Game, Hunt Not Ready

A bad season turned worse, as Scott Shafer dropped a bomb Thursday when he said AJ Long is doubtful for this weekend’s game against ranked Duke. Long played through the entire game last week, and most did not think he suffered an injury against NC State. Long has had his ups and downs, but he is coming off his best game as a starter. The freshman QB threw for 307 yards and 2...
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November 06, 2014  |  Discuss

AJ Long and Syracuse Face a Season Defining Game Tonight Against Clemson

After starting 2-0 Syracuse lost four straight games from September 20th to October 11th and many fans wondered if this year would become a lost season. Quarterback Terrel Hunt broke his leg in a 28-6 loss to Louisville during the stretch and two days later Scott Schafer took away George McDonald’s play calling duties. The season had hit a clear low point. To its credit, Syracuse...
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October 25, 2014  |  Discuss
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