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  05/18/20 - Juan WallaceJr/2022, Syracuse, 6-2, 223 (DS#999 ILB) + More +

  Syracuse football linebacker Juan Wallace has entered the transfer portal, he announced on Monday. Wallace, a 6-foot-2, 227-pound redshirt sophomore, appeared in 24 games over the last two seasons, primarily on special teams. He logged eight tackles in that span, including seven last year to go with a pass break-up. Wallace came to Central New York from H.D. Woodson High School in Washington, D.C. He initially picked the Orange over other finalists Duke and Maryland before Georgia courted him late in the process. This fall, Wallace was expected to be one of many SU linebackers competing for playing time in first-year defensive coordinator Tony White's 3-3-5 system. Syracuse has graduated its starting 'backers for a third year in a row, leaving a group with few proven entities. - The Post-Standard

(DS#999 ILB) Jr/2022 ILB Juan WallaceSyracuse
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  05/07/20 - Andre CiscoJr/2022, Syracuse, 6-0, 203 (DS#1 FS) + More +

  As expected, the momentum from a 10-win season and a nationally televised primetime matchup against one of college football's premier programs proved to be a box office smash for the Syracuse football program last fall. The university drew an average attendance of 42,164 fans to the Carrier Dome in 2019, according to figures compiled by the NCAA. It's the highest mark since the 2002 season, when an average of 42,259 fans showed up for SU's six home games. Syracuse increased its average attendance by 5,121 fans from the prior season. Only seven programs saw a higher attendance jump in 2019.

The figures are buoyed by a crowd of 50,248 that showed up for the early season home game against Clemson, the program's first home sellout since Donovan McNabb was taking snaps in 1998. A record number of new season-ticket sales also strengthened attendance figures, even as the team's performance waned through a 5-7 record. Kansas led the country with an average attendance increase of 14,451 in Les Miles' first season. - The Post-Standard


(DS#1 FS) Jr/2022 FS Andre CiscoSyracuse
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  05/03/20 - Kendall ColemanSr/2020, Syracuse, 6-3, 257 (DS#30 DE) + More +

  Two text messages pinged on Kendall Coleman's cell phone Saturday evening immediately after the final pick of the NFL Draft was announced: one from his agent, one from a scout on the Indianapolis Colts. The former Syracuse football defensive end spent the previous three days waiting, hoping to hear his name called. But as the event wound down, the next-best outcome began to materialize. Coleman's hometown Colts emerged as a free agent suitor.

The franchise spoke with Coleman early in the pre-draft process, but had been quiet in recent weeks. That changed as Coleman's agent explored UDFA possibilities during the seventh round of the draft. The texts included details on a formal offer as well as the assurance that Indianapolis views Coleman as a strong fit with a legitimate chance to compete for a roster spot during preseason camp. Surrounded by his parents, brother and sister, Coleman didn't need long to finalize a decision. "Everybody's reaction was just being ecstatic," Coleman said. "Just being overly happy about the fact that, at the end of the day, every kid dreams about hearing their name called, but I still put myself in position to chase my dreams." - The Post-Standard


(DS#30 DE) Sr/2020 DE Kendall ColemanSyracuse
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  04/26/20 - Sterling HofrichterrSr/2020, Syracuse, 5-10, 196 (DS#4 P) + More +

  Former Syracuse football punter Sterling Hofrichter was picked by the Atlanta Falcons in the seventh round of the NFL Draft on Saturday. Hofrichter, taken 228th overall, joins defensive end Alton Robinson (Seattle Seahawks, fifth round, 148th overall) as Orange products to be selected this year, marking the first time since 2014 that multiple SU players have been drafted. He's also the second punter to come off the board after Texas A&M's Branden Mann.

A four-year starter for the Orange, Hofrichter followed Riley Dixon, now on the New York Giants, and Rob Long in the program's lineage of prolific field-switchers. He was one of three finalists for the Ray Guy Award last year and was voted to seven different All-America teams. Hofrichter, a three-time All-ACC performer, ranks second in SU history in gross punting average (43.27), having dropped at least 20 punts inside the opposing 20-yard line in all four of his seasons. He's logged only 13 touchbacks during that span, including two last year despite 65 attempts, and recorded 72 career 50-plus yard punts. - The Post-Standard


(DS#4 P) rSr/2020 P Sterling HofrichterSyracuse
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  04/15/20 - Alec LemonSr/2013, Syracuse, 6-1, 202 (DS#36 WR) + More +

  Former Syracuse football wide receiver Alec Lemon has been hired as the head coach at Glen Burnie High School in Maryland, the school announced on Facebook. Lemon played for nearby Arundel High School in Gambrills, located just nine miles South of Glen Burnie. In Central New York, Lemon set records for career (201) and single-season (72) receptions - both of which have since been eclipsed. A first-team All-Big East selection as a senior, he ranks third in program history with 2,596 receiving yards and is tied for fourth with 18 receiving touchdowns. After leaving Syracuse in 2012, Lemon was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Houston Texans. He appeared on the practice squad for the Texans and Baltimore Ravens over the next two years before a stint with the Saskatchewan Roughriders in 2016. - The Post-Standard

(DS#36 WR) Sr/2013 WR Alec LemonSyracuse
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  04/06/20 - Rex CulpepperrSr/2021, Syracuse, 6-2, 222 (DS#999 QB) + More +

  Another quarterback is moving in to Rex Culpepper's neighborhood in Tampa, Fla. His new neighbor: Tom Brady. The six-time Super Bowl champion is renting the 30,000-square foot waterfront mansion on Davis Islands built by Yankees Hall of Fame shortstop Derek Jeter, the Tampa Bay Times reported. The house sits next door to the Culpeppers and features seven bedrooms, nine bathrooms and a billiards room that wraps around a pool. Brady's house doesn't just have one boat lift - it has two. The neighborhood has been abuzz in recent days about the prospect of Brady's arrival. His move from New England to Tampa Bay was the biggest offseason story in football. After playing 20 seasons with the Patriots, Brady signed a two-year contract with the Buccaneers last month, reportedly worth $50 million and more with incentives.

Culpepper, a senior quarterback on the Syracuse football team, is home while the university continues to hold online classes through the remainder of the semester amid the coronavirus pandemic. Culpepper was honored with the first-ever Jim DaRin Courage Award at the SU football team banquet following the 2018 season. Earlier that year, Culpepper was diagnosed with testicular cancer and returned to the team by the fall. "The closest thing I can say is it felt like beating Clemson," Culpepper said then. "You just feel so incredibly ecstatic that nothing in your life could ever go wrong." - The Post-Standard


(DS#999 QB) rSr/2021 QB Rex CulpepperSyracuse
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  03/31/20 - Kenneth RuffSr/2020, Syracuse, 6-1, 308 (DS#118 DT) + More +

  KJ Ruff started training for Pro Day before Christmas. The former Syracuse football defensive lineman has spent his days at PER4ORM, a gym in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., working to trim down the 40-yard dash time that he calls "his baby" and do everything he can to show professional scouts he's capable of playing at the next level. On March 13, Ruff learned SU's Pro Day was postponed to April 20 -- just three days before the start of the draft. Five days later, the school canceled the event. Ruff said the shift in emotions has been "a rollercoaster."

"Every athlete that plays football plays their entire life thinking about Pro Day, thinking about their chance to get to the next level," Ruff said. "... The back and forth kind of pissed me off a little bit, to be honest with you, but you've got to be able to tune out that frustration when an opportunity like this comes along." The Orange's NFL Draft hopefuls, such as Ruff, are in the process of putting together virtual combines to be sent to scouts via their respective agents as well as Roy Wittke, SU's director of player development who is serving as an NFL liaison through the Buffalo Bills. Wittke will share the information he gathers with the Bills, who will then distribute that data and video to the rest of the league. - The Post-Standard


(DS#118 DT) Sr/2020 DT Kenneth RuffSyracuse
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  03/07/20 - Andre CiscoJr/2022, Syracuse, 6-0, 203 (DS#1 FS) + More +

  One of the most productive defensive backs in the nation for the last two years, Cisco is already the FBS active leader in interceptions (12). He followed up an All-American freshman season by earning second-team All-ACC honors in 2019 despite missing three games due to injury. Cisco has excellent anticipation, partially a product of his strong preparation, as well as the ball skills to capitalize on the opportunities that provides. An IMG Academy product, Cisco has worked to bulk up since he jumped in as a Day 1 starter and that should help him out in run support this fall. - The Post-Standard

(DS#1 FS) Jr/2022 FS Andre CiscoSyracuse
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  02/21/20 - Alton RobinsonSr/2020, Syracuse, 6-3, 264 (DS#13 DE) + More +

  2020 NFL COMBINE INVITE: Alton Robinson, DE, Syracuse,...Robinson earned All-ACC honors in two of his three seasons at Syracuse. He finished his career seventh in school history with 19.5 sacks and tied for ninth with 32.5 tackles for loss. Robinson carded 115 tackles in 36 career games (34 starts), including 46 stops in 2019. At last month's Senior Bowl, Robinson competed against some of this year's top draft prospects and recorded two sacks. - Syracuse Football

(DS#13 DE) Sr/2020 DE Alton RobinsonSyracuse
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  02/21/20 - Sterling HofrichterrSr/2020, Syracuse, 5-10, 196 (DS#4 P) + More +

  2020 NFL COMBINE INVITE: Sterling Hofrichter, P, Syracuse,...Hofrichter received All-America honors from seven different selectors in 2019 and was one of the three finalists for the Ray Guy Award as the nation's top punter. He ranked third in the FBS in net average (43.03) and led the ACC in touchback percentage (2.9). The only two-time All-ACC First Team selection in team history, Hofrichter closed his career as Syracuse's all-time leader in punting yardage (11,651). - Syracuse Football

(DS#4 P) rSr/2020 P Sterling HofrichterSyracuse
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  02/21/20 - *Trishton JacksonrJr/2020, Syracuse, 6-1, 197 (DS#36 WR) + More +

  2020 NFL COMBINE INVITE: Trishton Jackson, WR, Syracuse,...Jackson elected to forgo his senior season and enter the 2020 NFL Draft. An All-ACC Second Team selection, Jackson led the Orange with 66 receptions for 1,023 yards with 11 touchdowns in 2019. He ranked fifth in the ACC in both yards per catch (15.5) and receiving yards per game (85.3). Jackson is the only Syracuse junior to ever record a 1,000-yard receiving season. Including his time at Michigan State, Jackson made 86 receptions for 1,282 yards and 13 touchdowns in his collegiate career. - Syracuse Football

(DS#36 WR) rJr/2020 WR *Trishton JacksonSyracuse
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  02/21/20 - Kendall ColemanSr/2020, Syracuse, 6-3, 257 (DS#30 DE) + More +

  2020 NFL COMBINE INVITE: Kendall Coleman, OLB, Syracuse,...A two-time All-ECAC honoree, Coleman was a four-year starter for the Orange. In 44 career games (43 starts), he logged 137 tackles, 26.5 tackles for loss and 15.5 sacks. Coleman led all Syracuse down linemen with 48 tackles as a senior to earn the program's Bill Horr Award as team MVP. - Syracuse Football

(DS#30 DE) Sr/2020 DE Kendall ColemanSyracuse
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  02/05/20 - Andre CiscoJr/2022, Syracuse, 6-0, 203 (DS#1 FS) + More +

  Tony White will be the new defensive coordinator at Syracuse. Orange coach Dino Babers declined to discuss the vacancy on his staff when asked during a signing day news conference on Wednesday, but Arizona State made the announcement on Tuesday night in a release naming Marvin Lewis and Antonio Pierce as co-defensive coordinators for 2020. The school said the two would "fill the role left by previous defensive coordinator Tony White, who assumed the same position at Syracuse University."

White confirmed on an Arizona radio show that he would take the Syracuse job. He said it was a “last-second decision” that would allow him to be closer to his mother, who lives in New York City. The position at Syracuse has been open since Zach Arnett accepted it in January and then changed his mind and took the same position at Mississippi State. Both Arnett and White were on Rocky Long's staff at San Diego State, which uses a 3-3-5 defensive scheme that Babers is ready to embrace as he begins his fifth season with the Orange. - AP College Football


(DS#1 FS) Jr/2022 FS Andre CiscoSyracuse
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  01/16/20 - Andre CiscoJr/2022, Syracuse, 6-0, 203 (DS#1 FS) + More +

  Syracuse has hired Sterlin Gilbert as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. The university announced the hire on Thursday. Gilbert is a familiar face. He previously worked with Orange head coach Dino Babers for three seasons, serving in the same role at Eastern Illinois (2012-13) of the Championship Subdivision and at Bowling Green (2014) of the Mid-American Conference. "Coach Babers runs a first-class program. I'm excited to reunite with him," Gilbert, who was head coach at McNeese State last season, said in a statement. Gilbert takes over for Mike Lynch, who also was an assistant under Babers at Eastern Illinois and Bowling Green and followed him to Syracuse four years ago. There was no immediate word from the athletics department on Lynch, who served as offensive coordinator and running backs coach for four seasons, or Kirk Martin, quarterbacks coach the past two seasons. - AP College Football

(DS#1 FS) Jr/2022 FS Andre CiscoSyracuse
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  12/26/19 - *Trishton JacksonrJr/2020, Syracuse, 6-1, 197 (DS#36 WR) + More +

  Syracuse football wide receiver Trishton Jackson will forego his final season and enter the 2020 NFL Draft. Jackson announced his decision Thursday afternoon on Twitter. His departure means SU loses one of its most explosive athletes and offensive threats. Jackson, a second-team All-ACC selection this past season, led the Orange in catches (66), receiving yards (1,023) and receiving touchdowns (11) as a redshirt junior. He played in 13 games for the Orange, making his debut in the 2018 Camping World Bowl after sitting out the 2018 regular season following his transfer from Michigan State. - Syracuse.com

(DS#36 WR) rJr/2020 WR *Trishton JacksonSyracuse
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