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  08/06/22 - Devaughn CooperrSr/2023, Syracuse, 5-10, 175 (DS#999 WR) + More +

  There's been a spotlight this preseason on how Syracuse football's offensive players are adjusting to quarterbacks and running back Sean Tucker are adjusting to new offensive coordinator Robert Anae's pass-heavy offensive scheme that he previously put on display at University of Virginia and BYU. Redshirt senior receiver Devaughn Cooper, heading into his seventh college season, said learning the terminology was the biggest test. "The coaches came in and worked with us slowly. Eased everything in," Cooper said. "I think the receivers are getting a hang of everything, and I think they're getting adjusted pretty good."

While 2022 will only be Cooper's second year at Syracuse, he is a seventh-year college football player. Cooper chose Arizona over Syracuse out of high school, making his way into the receiving rotation as a freshman before an injury forced him to redshirt. He spent two more seasons with the Wildcats before transferring to University of Texas-El Paso, where he redshirted in 2019 and played all eight games in 2020. Cooper transferred to Syracuse just in time for 2021 fall camp. - The Post Standard


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  08/03/22 - Mikel JonesrJr/2024, Syracuse, 6-0, 220 (DS#2 ILB) + More +

  Syracuse football coach Dino Babers is shaking things up when it comes to his team's leadership in 2022. During his appearance on the ACC's Gramlich and Mac Lain podcast last week, Babers said Syracuse will have six team captains this season for what he believes is the first time. Three captains have already been selected, while the other three will be voted upon closer to SU's season opener against Louisville on Sept. 3.

Babers said the decision was influenced by players having extended eligibility due to Covid-19, meaning they've been around the program for longer than normal. "Just wanted to make sure that the kids knew who to look up to," Babers said. "And there's some guys that have been here a long time. They know the system, they know the school and they know me." A program spokesman told syracuse.com at ACC Kickoff that linebacker Mikel Jones and offensive lineman Matthew Bergeron had already been selected as team captains. Kicker Andre Szmyt is the third captain to already be chosen, Babers revealed on the podcast co-hosted by Kelly Gramlich and Eric Mac Lain. - The Post-Standard


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  08/03/22 - Sean TuckerrSo/2025, Syracuse, 5-09, 208 (DS#3 RB) + More +

  2022 PRESEASON WALTER CAMP PLAYER OF YEAR PLAYER TO WATCH: Sean Tucker, RB, sophomore, Syracuse,...Syracuse's single-season rushing record holder, his 1,496 rushing yards broke Joe Morris' 42-year-old record in 2021. The top offensive vote getter on the 2021 All-ACC team, Tucker also broke Syracuse's single-season record with nine 100+ yard rushing games and became the first player in program history to rush for 100+ yards and have 100+ yards receiving in the same game when he did so against UAlbany. He was a First Team All-American by the Football Writers of America Association, second team All-American by the Associated Press, Walter Camp Foundation and American Football Coaches Association of the consensus teams. - Syracuse Football

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  08/03/22 - Mikel JonesrJr/2024, Syracuse, 6-0, 220 (DS#2 ILB) + More +

  2022 PRESEASON CHUCK BEDNARIK AWARD WATCH LIST: Mikel Jones, Syracuse, Junior LB,...The First Team All-ACC selection in 2021 is a preseason All-American by multiple publications heading into his fourth season with the program. A captain and the ACC's second-leading tackler from a year ago, Jones finished with 110 total tackles. He notched six games with 10+ tackles in 2021. - Syracuse Football

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  07/29/22 - Sean TuckerrSo/2025, Syracuse, 5-09, 208 (DS#3 RB) + More +

  Syracuse football has only one place to go from its preseason ACC Atlantic Division ranking: up. For the second straight year, the Orange were voted to finish last in their division in the ACC Preseason Poll. This is the last season the conference will play under divisions as it moves to a 3-5-5 scheduling model in 2023. The All-ACC preseason team is voted upon by media who attend ACC Kickoff. There were 164 total voters. Clemson was picked to win the Atlantic and the ACC, while Miami was voted to win the Coastal Division.

This is the fifth consecutive year Clemson has been predicted to finish atop its division even though it was not No. 1 at the end of the 2021 season. Last year, the Orange finished at the bottom of the division with a 5-7 overall record. The program earned just two conference wins against Virginia Tech and Boston College in consecutive weeks. However, three of SU's losses were by three points. Syracuse returns the majority of its 2021 starters, including running back Sean Tucker, quarterback Garrett Shrader, linebacker Mikel Jones and cornerback Garrett Williams. - The Post-Standard


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  07/28/22 - Mikel JonesrJr/2024, Syracuse, 6-0, 220 (DS#2 ILB) + More +

  2022 PRESEASON BUTKUS AWARD WATCHLIST: Mikel Jones, Syracuse,...Jones is one of six selections from the ACC to start the season on the watch list, five of which come from the Atlantic division. He finished 2021 with a league-best 60 solo tackles and his 110 total tackles was second. He also notched six games with 10+ tackles. - Syracuse Football

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  07/28/22 - Mikel JonesrJr/2024, Syracuse, 6-0, 220 (DS#2 ILB) + More +

  2022 PRESEASON BRONKO NAGURSKI TROPHY WATCHLIST: LB Mikel Jones, Syracuse,...The First Team All-ACC selection in 2021 is a preseason All-American by multiple publications heading into his fourth season with the program. A captain and the ACC's second-leading tackler from a year ago. He finished 2021 with a league-best 60 solo tackles and his 110 total tackles was second. - Syracuse Football

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  07/28/22 - Sean TuckerrSo/2025, Syracuse, 5-09, 208 (DS#3 RB) + More +

  Fans of Sean Tucker will be pleased by Syracuse football's most recent announcement. The program officially launched Tucker's 2022 Heisman Trophy campaign Monday, complete with a hashtag and microsite. The hashtag, "#PL34SED," is a play on Tucker's frequent use of the word when evaluating his performances via Twitter postgame. He even used it in his commitment announcement back in 2020. The website features videos and stories to get to know Tucker better, a link to his official merchandise, his highlights and stats, a list of his awards and the official campaign hype video.

The Heisman Trophy is presented annually to the most outstanding player in college football. It is named for American football player, coach and sportswriter John W. Heisman. Syracuse legend Ernie Davis is the program's only player to ever win the Heisman Trophy. He became the first African-American recipient of the award when he won it in 1961 following a standout season. Davis rushed for 823 yards and 15 touchdowns, breaking multiple program records. Two seasons prior, he'd helped lead SU to its lone national title. Orange quarterback Don McPherson was a runner-up for the trophy in 1987, losing to Notre Dame wide receiver Tim Brown. - The Post-Standard


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  07/28/22 - Andre SzmytrSr/2023, Syracuse, 6-0, 210 (DS#3 K) + More +

  2022 PRESEASON LOU GROZA AWARD WATCH LIST: Andre Szmyt - Syracuse, Class: Senior - Hometown: Vernon Hills, Illinois,...The 2018 Lou Groza Award winner as a freshman, Szmyt is now wrapping up a career that stands as one of the game's best. His 65 career field goals are third among active kickers, but with a career accuracy rate of 82.3% that is better than anyone in the country with more than 40 makes. - Lou Groza Award

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  07/25/22 - Sean TuckerrSo/2025, Syracuse, 5-09, 208 (DS#3 RB) + More +

  2022 PRESEASON DOAK WALKER AWARD CANDIDATE: Sean Tucker (So.), Syracuse,...Nation's sixth-leading rusher (1,496), with the fourth-most yards per game (124.7) in 2021...Fifth in the nation in all-purpose yards (145.9 yards per game)...Ranked fourth nationally in yards from scrimmage (1,751)...Broke Joe Morris' 42-year-old Syracuse single-season rushing record with 1,496 yards...First player in program history to rush for more than 1,400 yards in a season. - Syracuse Football

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  07/23/22 - Mikel JonesrJr/2024, Syracuse, 6-0, 220 (DS#2 ILB) + More +

  Forty-five days stand between Louisville football and its season opener against Syracuse, but a member of the Orange's defense has already dished out some some bulletin-board material for the Cardinals to work with. Taking the stage Wednesday at the Atlantic Coast Conference's Kickoff event in Charlotte, North Carolina, Syracuse senior linebacker Mikel Jones was asked for his outlook on U of L's offense heading into Week 1 with dual-threat quarterback Malik Cunningham under center.

"We see it as a good opportunity. We don't think it's going to be a tough challenge," said Jones, who recorded 110 total tackles and 7.5 tackles for loss as a junior. "We're excited to play those guys the first week." It's tough talk from Jones as Louisville will look to stretch its winning streak over Syracuse to four in a row when the two teams kick off at 8 p.m. Sept. 3 inside JMA Wireless Dome in upstate New York. The Cardinals boast a 13-7 overall record against the Orange and are coming off a 41-3 victory against coach Dino Babers' team on Nov. 13, 2021. - Courier Journal


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  07/23/22 - Sean TuckerrSo/2025, Syracuse, 5-09, 208 (DS#3 RB) + More +

  Sean Tucker was a hot topic during Syracuse football's appearances at ACC Kickoff, despite not being in attendance. The running back was not one of SU's attendees because the program chose to bring two of its team captains - linebacker Mikel Jones and offensive lineman Matthew Bergeron - and its starting quarterback, Garrett Shrader, a team spokesman told Syracuse.com. All 14 ACC programs brought their QBs to the event. Orange football coach Dino Babers called Tucker "relentless" before going on to explain that Tucker is working out "all the time," including over the 2021 Christmas break.

Even while running for the SU track team this spring, Tucker never missed a football practice. "Without hesitation I'll tell everybody in the room that I believe he is better," Babers said. "I'm saying that being modest that he is not the same. He is actually better than last year. I'm really excited to see what he can do in 2022." Jones also had high praise for his teammate and how he helps makes Syracuse's defense better. "If you come to practice thinking you can get through with half effort, (Tucker's) gonna make you lace up your cleats real fast and get locked in," Jones said. "Just doing that every day, day-in, day-out knowing we're not gonna see another running back like him all season, honestly, it makes us better every day." - The Post-Standard


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  07/22/22 - Sean TuckerrSo/2025, Syracuse, 5-09, 208 (DS#3 RB) + More +

  2022 PRESEASON MAXWELL AWARD WATCH LIST: Sean Tucker, Syracuse,...After two intriguing freshman seasons (he opted out of 202 season after gaining 626 games in four games), Syracuse running back Sean Tucker (5-10, 209) is one of the top players in the nation ... Shattered Syracuse single-season rushing record (1,496) in 2021 ... Was near or atop the national rushing and all-purpose yard lists for the entirety of the 2021 season, culminating in multiple All-America honors and consideration for the Maxwell and Doak Walker Awards ... Ranks No. 20 on Syracuse's career rushing record list after just two seasons (2,122).

Became the 25th player in program history to rush for more than 2,000 yards in his career ... Was an immediate impact freshman who put together one of the best rookie campaigns in program history ... Had the third-most yards (626) and second-most yards per game (69.9) by a Syracuse freshman in program history in 2020 ... Following that up with a record-breaking second year that has him in the running for numerous national accolades ... Enters 2022 with the sixth-most 100-yard games in program history ... Career stats include 2,122 yards on 383 carries with 16 rushing touchdowns, plus 28 receptions for 368 yards and two touchdowns through the air in just 21 collegiate games. - Syracuse Football


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  07/19/22 - Sean TuckerrSo/2025, Syracuse, 5-09, 208 (DS#3 RB) + More +

  2022 WALTER CAMP PRESEASON SECOND TEAM ALL-AMERICAN: RB Sean Tucker (Syracuse),... One of the top players in the nation ... Shattered Syracuse single-season rushing record (1,496) in 2021 ... Was near or atop the national rushing and all-purpose yard lists for the entirety of the 2021 season, culminating in multiple All-America honors and consideration for the Maxwell and Doak Walker Awards ... Ranks No. 20 on Syracuse's career rushing record list after just two seasons (2,122) ... Became the 25th player in program history to rush for more than 2,000 yards in his career ... Was an immediate impact freshman who put together one of the best rookie campaigns in program history ... Had the third-most yards (626) and second-most yards per game (69.9) by a Syracuse freshman in program history in 2020 ... Following that up with a record-breaking second year that has him in the running for numerous national accolades ... Enters 2022 with the sixth-most 100-yard games in program history ... Career stats include 2,122 yards on 383 carries with 16 rushing touchdowns, plus 28 receptions for 368 yards and two touchdowns through the air in just 21 collegiate games. As freshman in 2021: FWAA First Team All-American ... AP Second Team All-American ... Walter Camp Second Team All-American ... AFCA Second Team All-American ... ESPN All-American ... The Athletic All-American ... Phil Steele All-American ... One-of-15 semifinalists for The Maxwell Award, presented annually to the nation's most outstanding college football player ... Also was a semifinalist for the Doak Walker Award ... First Team All-ACC - Syracuse Football

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  07/18/22 - Mikel JonesrJr/2024, Syracuse, 6-0, 220 (DS#2 ILB) + More +

  Three more Syracuse football players have been named to a preseason watch list. Linebacker Mikel Jones, offensive lineman Matthew Bergeron and kicker Andre Szmyt were named to the Shrine Bowl 1000 list, which features 1,000 all-star game and draft-eligible players ahead of the upcoming season. Jones, who has already been named to the Athlon and Phil Steele preseason All-America teams, was a 2021 All-ACC first team selection and an Orange team captain. He finished the season with 110 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss and two sacks. Jones is appearing at ACC Kickoff next week. - The Daily Orange

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