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Rob Long shares his story through cancer, Uplifting Athletes (LINKS)

Rob Long shares his story through cancer, Uplifting Athletes (LINKS)

Long appears on Philly.com today to talk about his fight and life since. Once upon a time, you knew former Syracuse Orange punter Rob Long for a Heisman campaign that we still stand behind. But since then, he’s been fighting a much different battle. In 2010, Long was diagnosed with grade III anaplastic astrocytoma, a rare form of brain cancer. Eight years later, he’s one of just 15 percent of those diagnosed who’s alive longer than five years afterward. Long’s story in that time is not just one of overcoming a rare disease, but one of trying to give back since. He wrote for...
9 hours ago
Get to Know Your Orange Man: #27, WR Andrew Licciardi

Get to Know Your Orange Man: #27, WR Andrew Licciardi

The Rhode Island product joins a fleet of young receivers. Name: Andrew Licciardi Position: Wide receiver Year: Freshman Height: 5’10” Weight: 175 Hometown: East Greenwich, R.I. High School: East Greenwich 2017 stats: Licciardi racked up 82 catches, 1,239 receiving yards and 14 scores, per MaxPreps. Not too shabby. 2018 projections: A freshmen wideout will have enough competition as it is seeing the field this year for the Syracuse Orange, and that’s without being a walk-on. He’ll likely redshirt. How’d he get here?: Licciardi had offers from schools like Sacred Heart, Rhode...
10 hours ago
ACC football power rankings: Best local craft breweries

ACC football power rankings: Best local craft breweries

Which schools have the best beer options? For the last few years, we’ve tried to rank ACC football schools by their local craft beer options. No matter the process, we’ve always received some complaints in the process — most notably about the narrow focus we pursued with “hyper-local” options. So once again, we make some adjustments this year to keep things fresh and (most of) the people happy. For 2018, the definition of local has been broadened for the likes of schools like Clemson, Boston College, Miami and others who have quality breweries nearby but not in their exact city....
11 hours ago
Syracuse’s fourth down tries have risen significantly under Babers

Syracuse’s fourth down tries have risen significantly under Babers

Babers has made the Syracuse offense fast and also very aggressive. Since Dino Babers took over as head coach of the Syracuse Orange, there has been a massive change in the offensive strategy. Faulty bubble screens are now a consistent passing game (you’re welcome, John!), and a more tempered offense now runs more plays per game than any other FBS program in the country. But among the many changes to the SU offense, perhaps none is more impactful and underrated than the approach to fourth down situations. SB Nation’s Washington State site Coug Center recently published an article...
12 hours ago
Get to Know Your Orange Man: #28, LB Tre Allison

Get to Know Your Orange Man: #28, LB Tre Allison

The freshman linebacker is part of a growing Texas contingent on the roster. Name: Tre Allison Position: Linebacker Year: Freshman Height: 6’2” Weight: 230 Hometown: Tyler, Tex. High School: John Tyler 2017 stats: As a senior at John Tyler High, Allison had 89 tackles and two picks and also earned some all-district accolades. 2018 projections: With a transition to a 4-2-5 scheme and the Syracuse Orange having a lot of young linebackers waiting in the wings, Allison seems likely to redshirt (though he’s certainly the right size to jump in right away). How’d he get here?: He was a...
Aug 14, 2018
Perhaps Eric Dungey should run a little bit less this year? (LINKS)

Perhaps Eric Dungey should run a little bit less this year? (LINKS)

The numbers indicate he’s great — though not necessarily efficient as a ball-carrier. Since Eric Dungey took over as the Syracuse Orange’s starting quarterback in 2015, much ink has been spilled about how much he should or shouldn’t run the football. For years, the QB and Dino Babers say he needs to run less — or at least smarter — but every season, he’s back to taking off and eventually ends up sidelined. This article won’t shed any new light on that situation, other than some numbers that prove it’s not just injuries that should motivate Dungey to run less. SB Nation’s...
Aug 14, 2018
Get to Know Your Orange Man: #28, RB Jarveon Howard

Get to Know Your Orange Man: #28, RB Jarveon Howard

The freshman running back is one to watch for the future Name: Jarveon Howard Position: Running back Year: Freshman Height: 5-10 Weight: 205 lbs. Hometown: Columbia, Mississippi High School: East Marion 2017 stats: He had an excellent year, tallying 1,508 yards and 21 touchdowns on 118 carries. He averaged an astounding 12.8 yards per carry and added 11 catches for over 200 yards and two scores. He also played linebacker and had 83 total tackles. 2018 projections: Don’t expect much this year from Howard. With Moe Neal, Dontae Strickland, and Markenzy Pierre, the Syracuse Orange’s...
Aug 14, 2018
Syracuse Football players and their WWE counterparts

Syracuse Football players and their WWE counterparts

When SummerSlam and ACC football collide It’s SummerSlam week so what better time to take a look at Syracuse Orange players and which WWE superstars they are most like. I certainly recognize that most of you aren’t willing to admit to watching wrestling, so I’ll explain the comparisons, link you to the WWE page for each wrestler and answer any questions in the comments. Eric Dungey: Shinsuke Nakamura Anyone who follows the WWE knows this was the easiest matchup to make. Dungey absolutely earns the title of “King of QB Strong Style” as we know he wants to initiate contact...
Aug 14, 2018
Syracuse football 2018 position preview: Defensive backs

Syracuse football 2018 position preview: Defensive backs

The Orange add another DB spot to fix recent secondary issues (and also adjust to linebacker inexperience). We’re just weeks away from the Syracuse Orange football season, so position previews are almost complete. Leading up to the 2018 kickoff, we’re profiling one group and every player suiting up at that position this fall. Last week, we chatted about SU’s inexperienced linebackers learning on the job. This time, we discuss: Defensive backs The secondary was a mess long before Dino Babers arrived, but the concerns have intensified since as Syracuse’s pass defense has struggled...
Aug 14, 2018
Get to Know Your Orange Man: #29, DB John Sweetwood

Get to Know Your Orange Man: #29, DB John Sweetwood

The freshman walk-on DB from NJ has joined the Orange. Name: John Sweetwood Position: Defensive Back (Strong Safety) Year: Freshman Height: 6’0” Weight: 170 Hometown: Montclair, N.J. High School: Montclair Kimberly Academy 2017 Stats: At Monclair Kimberly, he had 50 tackles his senior year, with one pick, returned for a TD and a fumble recovery TD. 2018 Projections: As with the rest of the Syracuse Orange’s freshman walk-ons, I’m not really expecting much in the stat column. Let’s chalk this one up to a redshirt. How Did He Get Here?: His parents dropped him off? Information is...
Aug 13, 2018
Syracuse’s defense has upper hand after first scrimmage (LINKS)

Syracuse’s defense has upper hand after first scrimmage (LINKS)

Dino says the defense is up 1-0, which could be good, depending on your perspective. The Syracuse Orange football team brings back a lot of experience across the roster this year, though two big question marks will be the play of wide receivers and the linebacker group. According to Dino Babers, after one scrimmage, it appears the defense definitely has the upper hand — meaning that perhaps those linebackers and the 4-2-5 switch are looking better than we predicted this early. Since the 4-2-5 is in part a scheme that can slow down a spread, that would make some sense in these practices,...
Aug 13, 2018
Get to Know Your Orange Man: #39, DB AJ Calabro

Get to Know Your Orange Man: #39, DB AJ Calabro

Can never have enough defensive backs... Name: AJ Calabro Position: Defensive backs Year: Freshman Height: 5’10” Weight: 180 Hometown: Farmingdale, N.J. High School: Saint John Vianney 2017 Stats: Had 50 tackles and two picks last year for Saint John Vianney, which ended up finishing 10-1 last season. Calabro was 2017 Shore Conference Class A Central Division First Team and Two River Times All-Area First Team as well. 2018 Projections: Seems pretty likely to redshirt for the Syracuse Orange. With a good amount of young scholarship defensive backs competing for time this year, they’ll...
Aug 13, 2018
What are you most/least confident in for Syracuse in 2018-19?

What are you most/least confident in for Syracuse in 2018-19?

Get your rest now before the roller coaster gets underway. The Syracuse Orange men’s basketball team is quickly approaching a season where expectations have risen again. They are returning all of their impact players from last year’s Sweet 16 run, and they are also adding some needed depth in the form of freshmen and transfer players. With the increase in pressure to win, the Orange will likely provide us an even greater season of ups and downs — as we are so used to in the past. This team is versatile and has multiple playmakers on the perimeter, but it also isn’t perfect. How are...
Aug 13, 2018
Get to Know Your Orange Man: #39, LB Jake Wright

Get to Know Your Orange Man: #39, LB Jake Wright

A local walk-on joins the Orange for 2018. Name: Jake Wright Position: Linebacker Year: Freshman Height: 6’1” Weight: 195 Hometown: Jamesville, N.Y High School: Jamesville-DeWitt 2017 Stats: N/A 2018 Projections: As a freshman and a walk-on, I’d expect a whole lot of redshirting. But what do I know... How Did He Get Here?: Probably drove down Jamesville Road, jumping on 274 until he got to East Colvin, taking him straight to Manley. Maybe he lives close enough to 81 to just jump on and get off at exit 17. What Did Recruiting Sites Say?: Nada, because they don’t watch enough CNY...
Aug 13, 2018
Syracuse basketball recruits Joe Girard and Andre Jackson ball at Dyckman

Syracuse basketball recruits Joe Girard and Andre Jackson ball at Dyckman

The Syracuse recruits/Albany City Rocks duo showed up in NYC to ball at Dyckman. The busy summer basketball schedule for Syracuse Orange recruit Joe Girard continued last week as he and his Albany City Rocks teammate, Andre Jackson, showed up to ball at New York’s premier outdoor court, Dyckman. Slam has been running its showdowns at Dyckman this summer, which ultimately lead up to the Summer Classic on August 18th. Last Monday, Girard was Slam’s honorary guest and even though he plays his high-school basketball in BFE, Warren County, New Yorkers were still interested to see the...