West Coast Connection: Syracuse Adds Commits Dunkelberger & Dungey

Not much is going right in the world of Orange football. But at least SU secures a few more commitments to the 2015 recruiting class to give some hope to a disappointed fanbase. QB Eric Dungey and JUCO TE Trey Dunkelberger have both committed to the Orange to bring SU’s total commits up to 23. The Fizz recently looked at Dunkelberger and his recruiting process, including conversations...
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1 day ago  |  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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3 days ago  |  Discuss

It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Groobers: SU Blown Out by Pitt 30-7

We already knew Syracuse football wasn’t heading anywhere but home for the holidays. But the Orange isn’t even being competitive down the stretch. In an ugly effort Saturday at Pittsburgh, the Panthers blow out SU 30-7. Pitt jumped out to a 17-0 lead and never looked back. The lone offensive highlight was the 10-play, 75-yard touchdown drive which ended in SU’s only score,...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Injury-plagued Syracuse still in a QB quandary

Bye weeks aren't so bad, especially when the losses are mounting and the injury report has too many entries. Syracuse's Scott Shafer certainly knows all about that as he tries to piece together a lineup for Saturday's game at Pittsburgh (4-6, 2-4 Atlantic Coast Conference). The injury-riddled Orange (3-7, 1-5 ACC) have lost three straight games and seven of eight. Despite...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

JuCo TE Trey Dunkelberger: “Syracuse is Definitely Up There At the Top”

Syracuse officially offered JuCo TE Trey Dunkelberger today, and the player who’s also getting love from Ohio State and Louisville is looking at SU seriously. There’s an interesting process as to how the Pierce Community College (CA) tight end first found about Syracuse. Dunkelberger told The Fizz the story: Dunkelberger: “About two weeks ago, a player who’s transferred out...
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15 days ago  |  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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17 days ago  |  Discuss

Orange Should Sit Long for the Rest of the Season

Whether AJ Long is healthy or not, he should not play another down for the Syracuse Orange this year. Why? If he does not play again, he may be able to apply for a medical redshirt, and the freshman would come back next year as a redshirt freshman with four more years of eligibility. With no bowl game this year after the loss to Duke, Syracuse does not get the benefit of having an...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

Home for the Holidays: Syracuse Lays a Dookie, No Bowl Game This Winter

Saturday was more of the same for Syracuse: a solid defensive effort for most of the game, undermined by a pathetic offense. The Orange mustered a mere 10 points and fall to Duke, 27-10. The loss puts SU’s season officially on ice. A 3-7 record means the Orange will finish below .500, and won’t be bowl eligible. But ultimately, that’s the fate they deserve. Sure, Scott Shafer’s...
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19 days ago  |  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...
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20 days ago  |  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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21 days ago  |  Discuss

Orange Defense to Carry the Load against NC State

The Orange defense has been so strong this year. So far this season, the unit has forced 17 turnovers (six interceptions and 11 fumbles) on the year after struggling to do that last season. It held Clemson, an injured and depleted offense, to just 16 points and 375 total yards of offense. But, the offense has never been able to sustain drives long enough and keep the defense off...
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28 days ago  |  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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29 days ago  |  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

Syracuse Getting Production from Family Connection

There is no doubt Jarrod West has had a rough season and a half since hauling in 43 passes for 588 yards as the third option behind Alec Lemon and Marcus Sales in 2012. Many expected West to have a break out year last year, especially after Terrel Hunt took over for Drew Allen. That didn’t happen, as West caught just 26 passes last year, and just a single touchdown. This year however...
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October 23, 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, since...
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October 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Syracuse’s Hickey calls Clemson D-Line the ‘Best I’ve Ever Seen’

Sean Hickey says Clemson’s defensive line is the best line he has ever seen, and that nobody even comes close.  So what does that mean for this weekend’s matchup between the Orange and the Tigers in Death Valley, Saturday? Well, the offense is going to need to adjust and get the ball out fast. This weekend against Wake Forest, we saw the offense begin to click. AJ Long looked...
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October 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Syracuse’s Steve Ishmael is The Answer

Two years ago, Ryan Nassib, Marcus Sales, and Alec Lemon graduated from Syracuse.  The passing attack was left in shambles with no answer at quarterback and a load of inexperience at the receiver position.  That year, Nassib racked up 3,749 passing yards with 26 touchdowns.  Lemon had a 1,000 yard receiving year and Sales finished with 882 receiving yards.  Lemon had seven TDs...
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October 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Rapid Reactions: Syracuse Snaps Losing Streak

- Let’s start by giving credit to the Orange. This was a program that looked like it was a program that looked like it was on the ropes this season. Instead, SU wins a critical game and doesn’t have to worry about six wins for another week. – AJ Long has his first career start and there’s no question he’s the right man for the job. While the Orange defense created offense...
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October 18, 2014  |  Discuss

For Your Next Trick AJ Long, Fix Syracuse’s Red Zone Offense

There was a lot to like from AJ Long in new debut. But Saturday’s game becomes critical for the Orange and its bowl hunt. So the freshman quarterback will have to drag the offense into the end zone, because it’s red zone numbers are awful. After a brutal stretch of the schedule in which the Orange have lost four in a row, a winnable game is finally in sight. Syracuse will travel...
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October 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Progress Report: Syracuse Football Midterm Grades Are In

After what has been a disappointing season thus far for the 2014 Syracuse Orange, we give out our midterm grades to some key players and personnel for the first half. Just a heads up, it is not pretty.   Terrel Hunt: D. Hunt had high expectations coming into this season after leading Syracuse to a Texas Bowl victory last December. Unfortunately for the Orange faithful, the 2014...
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October 14, 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

Instant Reaction: FSU Wins, AJ Long Impressive in Syracuse Debut

After a week in which the football program looked to be clustered and disheveled, Syracuse played its most challenging game of the season against No. 1 Florida State and came up short, 38-20.   The coaching shuffle and quarterback fiasco led much of Orange Nation to believe the game against FSU would be a disaster, especially considering neither Austin Wilson or AJ Long had much...
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October 11, 2014  |  Discuss

What Syracuse’s New Offense Must Do in Debut vs. National Champs

Between SU’s quarterback situation, injuries, the tension between the Orange’s coaching staff, and the dominance of Florida State, today’s contest looks like one of the most daunting tasks Syracuse football has faced. The Seminoles are a 24-point favorite, and after ugly losses to Notre Dame and Louisville, a drubbing at the hands of FSU might kill off more hope that SU can...
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October 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Jameis Winston Gets News Before Syracuse Game FSU Will Re-Examine Sexual Assault

Jameis Winston is in the crosshairs yet again. Yesterday, Florida State football and its quarterback got word that he’ll have to attend a disciplinary hearing for his role in the alleged sexual assault allegation from 2012. At the time of this posting, he’s still going to suit up against Syracuse. But could this cause an internal distraction before the game? From NBC Sports:...
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October 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Red(shirt) Alert: Should Long lose the redshirt this year?

To redshirt, or not to redshirt – that is the question. True freshman QB A.J. Long did not think the coaching staff would be considering this a week ago. However, a leg injury to Terrel Hunt has changed the plan. With all the chaos on the Hill right now with the Hunt injury and the George McDonald demotion, Scott Shafer and new offensive coordinator Tim Lester have a tough situation...
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October 08, 2014  |  Discuss
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