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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19 hours ago  |  Discuss

Syracuse Football Fans Taking a Wait and See Attitude

We are officially one week away from the start of Syracuse football season. For the die hard fans, there is no better time of year. Their beloved Orange are about to take the field for another three-plus month grind full of ups and downs. The casual fan is not necessarily looking forward to the September 4th opener against Rhode Island. The Orange are coming off a terrible 3-9 season...
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21 hours ago  |  Discuss

Syracuse’s Defense: Young and Ready? The Orange better hope so

There is a lot of turnover on the SU defense this year, which is to be expected when last year’s defense was so experienced. And that means an incredible number of young players starting for this Syracuse squad. While there is some experience up front with John Raymon and currently injured Ron Thompson, the Orange is very inexperienced at linebacker with sophomores Zaire Franklin...
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1 day 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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2 days ago  |  Discuss

No One Knows Why Moustapha Diagne Won’t Play Syracuse Basketball, But It’s Definitely Fishy

Earlier this week reports surfaced stating 2015 Syracuse basketball commit Moustapha Diagne planned to enroll in a two year school instead of coming to play for the Orange. SU Athletics confirmed this bombshell with a statement of its own. That statement provided no reason for why this change in schools is taking place however. No one outside of the Syracuse basketball coaching staff...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Video: Syracuse football players pugil fighting at camp

Given how the Syracuse Orange football team has been spending part of its summers at Fort Drum in upstate New York for the past several years, it’s no secret that the players and coaching staff would build a relationship with the local military community; since the town is home to the 10th Mountain Division (light infantry) of the U.S. Army. This relationship with the locals has...
Via Campus Sports Net
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Rodney Williams Will Be A Big Player For SU

A redshirt freshman who was “supposed to” play sparingly this fall behind Durrell Eskridge, Rodney Williams is instead slotted to start for the Orange at free safety, and he looks ready. Of course it was just a scrimmage, but Williams flew around the field Saturday night at the SU Fan Fest event, picking up multiple tackles to go along with 2 interceptions. Williams is incredibly...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Videos: Syracuse Football Players Are Pugil Fighting During Training Camp At Fort Drum

Every summer, Syracuse football heads up to Fort Drum in Northern New York, home of the 10th Mountain Division, to get away from the distractions of campus for a few days and connect with the local military community. Today, the team is incorporating pugil fighting into practice, while in full pads. We’ve never quite seen a football drill like this… Rob Trudo beats Donnie Simmons...
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9 days ago  |  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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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Ron Thompson and the Dreaded Lower Body Injury

Hands down, junior defensive end Ron Thompson is one of the Orange’s most important pieces on defense, if not the most important.  He stands out among a defensive line unit that graduated defensive ends Robert Welsh and Micah Robinson and nose tackle Eric Crume.  The Orange also graduated linebackers Dyshawn Davis, Josh Kirkland, and standout Cameron Lynch.  And the secondary...
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12 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...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

How Did Syracuse Become The Worst Team in the ACC?

95. Out of the 128 FBS teams ranked by CBS on Tuesday, Syracuse came in at 95. That’s good for worst in the ACC, and the third worst of any Power 5 team. CBS’s list is only the latest in a series of underwhelming expectations for the Orange this season. SB Nation, ESPN and Athlon Sports all have Syracuse in the bottom of the ACC’s Atlantic division, and only Patrick Stevens...
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16 days ago  |  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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22 days ago  |  Discuss

Former Top Recruit Ashton Broyld Dismissed from Program

Wide receiver/running back/former quarterback Ashton Broyld was dismissed from SU’s football program early Tuesday afternoon.  Like defensive lineman Wayne Williams before him, Broyld became the latest player to be kicked off the team.  Yet, unlike Williams, Broyld always seemed to be in the fold on offense and was finally expected to contribute in his fourth season with the...
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July 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Syracuse dismisses leading receiver from 2013

Though Syracuse Orange running back Ashton Broyld led the team with 52 receptions for 452 yards in 2013, he won’t be with the team for his senior season in 2015. According to a statement from head coach Scott Shafer, as was reported by John Taylor of NBC Sports’ College Football Talk, Broyld has been dismissed from the team for what is being called a violation of team rules....
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July 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Syracuse dismisses Broyld for violating team policy

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Syracuse has dismissed Ashton Broyld from the football team for violating team policy. Coach Scott Shafer announced the move Tuesday but did not say what Broyld did. Broyld is a 6-foot-4 senior whose time at Syracuse has been slowed by injury. He never found his niche, having played quarterback, running back, outside wide receiver and slot receiver. He was moved...
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July 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Syracuse dismisses senior Ashton Broyld from football team

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Syracuse has dismissed Ashton Broyld from the football team for violating team policy. Coach Scott Shafer announced the move Tuesday but did not say what Broyld did. Broyld is a 6-foot-4 senior whose time at Syracuse has been slowed by injury. He never found his niche, having played quarterback, running back, outside wide receiver and slot receiver. He was moved...
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July 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Syracuse Football Dismisses H-Back Ashton Broyld

Syracuse University senior Ashton Broyld has been removed from the Orange football roster for a violation of team policy,’s Mike McAllister has reported. The 6-foot-3 h-back from Rochester is no stranger to off the field issues, having faced misdemeanor charges as a high school senior. Broyld has struggled to live up to expectations over […]
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July 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Syracuse Target Jamal Holloway To Make Decision Tuesday

A 6’4” defensive end from Camden, NJ, Jamal Holloway put Syracuse on his top 10 list earlier this month. Around the time the list was put together, we took a look at the chances he would come to SU. While Syracuse may sit in that middle to lower tier of schools, they do have an advantage over many other suitors: Location. Syracuse is close to home for Holloway, Camden, NJ. Only...
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July 25, 2015  |  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...
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July 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Devante McFarlane Could Be the Key to Offensive Success

Last year’s offense was historically bad for the Syracuse University football team, with a unit plagued by injury and what we’re learning more and more was ineptitude behind the scenes stemming primarily from former offensive coordinator George McDonald. It didn’t help that the Orange had one of the worst rushing seasons in recent memory, something […]
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July 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Orange Cracks Monquavion Brinson’s Top 10

A few days ago, Georgia defensive back Monquavion Brinson announced his top 10 schools.  The three-star player included the Orange on his list, as well as a variety of other programs. Brinson’s top ten includes: SU, Troy, Kentucky, Cincinnati, Indiana, Louisville, Kent State, Georgia Southern, Mississippi State, and Auburn.  Clearly, Auburn and resurgent Mississippi State stand...
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July 19, 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

Syracuse Football used one snap cadence all year

In football, a key to success at any level is to keep your opponent guessing. The element of surprise allows offenses to test their opponents ability to think and react on their feet without being able to rely on practice or previous game film to assist their play. It’s all about gaining an edge. Or so we thought. Syracuse University’s offensive coordinator Tim Lester told Syracuse...
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July 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Syracuse Football: Ex-Syracuse Star, Patriot DE Chandler Jones Shouts Out Orange Freshman Jake Pickard For Wearing Number 99

Defensive end Jake Pickard was one of the top signees for Syracuse in the 2015 recruiting class, and the number he was issued for his freshman season reflects that. Pickard posted a picture earlier today of his locker, complete with a sign indicating he’ll don No. 99, the same digits worn by former Syracuse star defensive lineman Chandler Jones.  Ready to prove myself #OrangeNation...
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July 06, 2015  |  Discuss
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