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  01/19/21 - Stefon ThompsonFr/2024, Syracuse, 6-0, 235 (DS#23 OLB) + More +

  Syracuse linebacker Stefon Thompson has been named to the 2020 FWAA All-America Team, it was announced Monday. Thompson was one of 17 true freshmen to earn a spot on the 32-player team, which also includes 15 redshirt freshmen. The Charlotte, North Carolina native enrolled last January and won a starting job to open the 2020 season. He finished second on the SU team with 7.5 tackles for loss and three sacks (35 total tackles) over 10 games, making seven starts. - The Post-Standard

(DS#23 OLB) Fr/2024 OLB Stefon ThompsonSyracuse
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  01/13/21 - Josh BlackrSr/2022, Syracuse, 6-3, 282 (DS#999 DT) + More +

  Josh Black had three factors in mind when he decided to return for a sixth and final season with Syracuse next fall. The defensive lineman was undecided on his future plans toward the end of last season. He didn't think he was ready to take his NFL shot. He didn't want to regret passing on another year of free education. Those two factors tilted the scales: "It was no-brainer for me." The third was getting a redo after a 1-10 season, a chance to end his college career on a better note. Black recently expanded on his reasoning for returning to Syracuse on a podcast with his hometown paper in Illinois. "Ending on that 1-10 note just didn't sit right with me," Black said on "Not Just a Game," a weekly sports podcast from The Rockford Register Star. "I really need to end on a winning note to kind of complete my career here at Syracuse. "I feel like it's my duty to help them out." - The Post-Standard

(DS#999 DT) rSr/2022 DT Josh BlackSyracuse
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  01/06/21 - Jawhar JordanrFr/2024, Syracuse, 5-09, 172 (DS#999 RB) + More +

  Syracuse running back Jawhar Jordan is seeking a transfer after an injury-shortened season. Jordan wrote on Twitter he put his name into the transfer portal, a process that allows other coaches to recruit him. He suffered a season-ending lower-leg injury in the third game, paving the way for freshman Sean Tucker to take over as the team's primary ball carrier. - The Post-Standard

(DS#999 RB) rFr/2024 RB Jawhar JordanSyracuse
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  12/31/20 - Nolan CooneyrSr/2021, Syracuse, 6-2, 202 (DS#17 P) + More +

  2020 ALL-ACC FOOTBALL THIRD TEAM (COACHES/MEDIA): P - Nolan Cooney, Syracuse, 59,...Cooney was third in the ACC in net punting (44.8). He booted 74 punts on the season, 25 were 50+ yards, 24 were downed inside the 20 and just three were touchbacks. - Syracuse Football

(DS#17 P) rSr/2021 P Nolan CooneySyracuse
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  12/31/20 - *Ifeatu MelifonwurJr/2021, Syracuse, 6-2, 212 (DS#10 CB) + More +

  2020 ALL-ACC FOOTBALL THIRD TEAM (COACHES/MEDIA): CB - Ifeatu Melifonwu, Syracuse, 56,...Melifonwu, who earned AP Second Team All-ACC honors yesterday, finished his junior season tied for sixth in the ACC in passes defended (10) and fifth in the league in breakups (9). At 5.0 tackles per game, he was third among corners in the ACC. He and Williams were the seventh-highest graded cornerback duo in FBS football this season. He will will forgo his final season of eligibility and declared for the NFL Draft last week, accepted an invitation to the Senior Bowl over the weekend. - Syracuse Football

(DS#10 CB) rJr/2021 CB *Ifeatu MelifonwuSyracuse
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  12/31/20 - Taj HarrisJr/2022, Syracuse, 6-1, 164 (DS#60 WR) + More +

  2020 ALL-ACC FOOTBALL THIRD TEAM (COACHES/MEDIA): WR - Taj Harris, Syracuse, 57,...Harris was fifth in the ACC in receptions per game (5.8), continuing the tradition under head coach Dino Babers of a player finishing in the top-five in the category in each season he's been at Syracuse. He was sixth in receiving yards per game (73.3). He'll begin the 2021 season ranked sixth in program history in career catches (135) tied with Hall of Famer Marvin Harrison. - Syracuse Football

(DS#60 WR) Jr/2022 WR Taj HarrisSyracuse
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  12/31/20 - Garrett WilliamsrFr/2024, Syracuse, 5-10, 184 (DS#12 CB) + More +

  2020 ALL-ACC FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES/MEDIA): CB - Garrett Williams, Syracuse, 42,...Jones is the only player in the nation to be part of eight separate turnovers this season. He is tied for the ACC lead with four interceptions, which ties for fifth in the FBS and first among linebackers. He also led the team with 69 tackles and had a takeaway in seven of Syracuse's 11 games this season. - Syracuse Football

(DS#12 CB) rFr/2024 CB Garrett WilliamsSyracuse
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  12/31/20 - Mikel JonesSo/2023, Syracuse, 6-0, 230 (DS#26 OLB) + More +

  2020 ALL-ACC FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES/MEDIA): LB - Mikel Jones, Syracuse, 22,...Williams was the ACC leader in passes defended and was third in ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year voting, despite only receiving honorable mention honors. He ranks seventh nationally in passes defended and second among rookies. He's also tied for the ACC lead with 10 pass breakups. One of 10 players in the ACC to return an interception for a touchdown this season, Williams is the only player to have a pick-six against Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence in his career. - Syracuse Football

(DS#26 OLB) So/2023 OLB Mikel JonesSyracuse
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  12/28/20 - Kingsley JonathanrSr/2022, Syracuse, 6-3, 264 (DS#999 DE) + More +

  2020 ACC JIM TATUM AWARD WINNER: Syracuse senior defensive end Kingsley Jonathan has been named the recipient of the 2020 Jim Tatum Award, the Atlantic Coast Conference announced. The award is given annually in memory of the late Jim Tatum to the top senior student-athlete among the league's football players. Tatum, a two-time ACC Coach of the Year, coached in the 1950s at both Maryland and North Carolina and believed strongly in the concept of the student-athlete. Jonathan has compiled a career 3.729 GPA while majoring in information studies. The Baltimore senior is a three-time ACC All-Academic Team member and a three-time ACC Academic Honor Roll selection.

A semifinalist for the 2020 Campbell Trophy and Jason Witten Collegiate Man of the Year award, Jonathan represents Syracuse on the ACC Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and has posted a GPA of at least 3.5 every semester of his college academic career. Starting each of Syracuse's 11 games this fall, Jonathan recorded 32 tackles (25 solo). He posted 5.5 tackles for loss, including three quarterback sacks, while breaking up three passes. He forced one fumble and four quarterback hurries. - ACC Football


(DS#999 DE) rSr/2022 DE Kingsley JonathanSyracuse
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  12/21/20 - Garrett ShraderSo/2023, Syracuse, 6-3, 215 (DS#999 WR) + More +

  Garrett Shrader is headed north. The former Mississippi State quarterback known for his long beard and gritty style of play announced via Twitter on Saturday that he has committed to Syracuse. Shrader entered the transfer portal in October. Mike Leach and his staff at State transitioned Shrader from quarterback to wide receiver in training camp. Shrader recorded one reception for eight yards against Arkansas. Shrader was viewed by many as Mississippi State's quarterback of the future. He started a handful of games as a true freshman in 2019. He completed 88 of 153 (57.5%) passes for 1,170 yards with eight touchdowns and five interceptions. - The Clarion Ledger

(DS#999 WR) So/2023 WR Garrett ShraderSyracuse
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  12/21/20 - *Ifeatu MelifonwurJr/2021, Syracuse, 6-2, 212 (DS#10 CB) + More +

  Melifonwu, a redshirt junior, is the third defensive back from this year's Syracuse team who will enter the NFL Draft early, joining Andre Cisco and Trill Williams. While the others left the team during the middle of the season after suffering injuries, Melifonwu was a bright spot for Syracuse throughout a difficult year. He finished the season with nine pass break-ups, second on the team to Garrett Williams (10), along with 55 tackles, one interception and three tackles for loss. In addition to a successful college performance, Melifonwu has excellent size. Syracuse listed him as 6-foot-3 and 213 pounds.

If Melifonwu had chosen to return to Syracuse next year, he would have been expected to pair with Williams, a redshirt freshman, to form an excellent pair of cornerbacks. Now the Orange will need to find someone to fill the vacancy across from Williams. One of Syracuse's top recruits, Duce Chestnut, will join a number of returners, none of whom have proven themselves on the field yet, as potential options at the position. The ability to complete for a starting job, and Syracuse's success with this year's crop of defensive backs, could also make it an attractive destination for a transfer. - The Post-Standard


(DS#10 CB) rJr/2021 CB *Ifeatu MelifonwuSyracuse
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  12/20/20 - *Ifeatu MelifonwurJr/2021, Syracuse, 6-2, 212 (DS#10 CB) + More +

  Syracuse cornerback Ifeatu Melifonwu has entered his name into the NFL Draft, according to NFL reporter Adam Schefter. Schefter cited Melifonwu's agent Sean Stellato. Melifonwu, a redshirt junior, is the third defensive back from this year's Syracuse team who will enter the NFL Draft early, joining Andre Cisco and Trill Williams. While the others left the team during the middle of the season after suffering injuries, Melifonwu was a bright spot for Syracuse throughout a difficult year. He finished the season with nine pass break-ups, second on the team to Garrett Williams (10), along with 55 tackles, one interception and three tackles for loss. In addition to a successful college performance, Melifonwu has excellent size. Syracuse listed him as 6-foot-3 and 213 pounds. - Syracuse.com

(DS#10 CB) rJr/2021 CB *Ifeatu MelifonwuSyracuse
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  12/11/20 - Airon ServaisrSr/2022, Syracuse, 6-5, 309 (DS#42 OT) + More +

  The decisions made by the linemen should be helpful for a Syracuse program that finished 1-10 this year, enduring one of the worst seasons in program history. The defensive line was full of veterans this year and faces a significant reload if some of the seniors don't return, while the offensive line was the team's weakest link for the second consecutive season, contributing to Syracuse owning one of the worst offenses in the country. Servais referenced the difficulties of the season in his announcement. "After many discussions with family, friends and coaches, I have decided to use the extra year of eligibility and return to Syracuse to finish my college career" Servais wrote. "This season left much to be desired and I'm more motivated than ever to push myself and my teammates to be better."

Servais entered the season as one of SU's more established names, with 37 consecutive starts and some preseason All-ACC mentions, but he never looked as comfortable as previous seasons, shifting from left tackle to right tackle during the year. Servais' return was considered especially questionable because he had spent five years in college already and was one of five seniors who took a lap around the Carrier Dome on the team's Senior Day. - The Post-Standard


(DS#42 OT) rSr/2022 OT Airon ServaisSyracuse
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  12/11/20 - Josh BlackrSr/2022, Syracuse, 6-3, 282 (DS#999 DT) + More +

  Defensive lineman Josh Black will take advantage of a new, one-time rule by the NCAA and return to Syracuse for a sixth year of college football. Black can play the 2021 season because the NCAA granted leniency for fall athletes, giving them an additional year of eligibility given the disruption caused by the novel coronavirus pandemic this past year. He announced Tuesday morning on Twitter he's taking it and that he'll do so at Syracuse. "I have been through everything here with Coach Babers and the crew, and my journey at Syracuse is not over just yet," Black wrote. "It is my duty to lead and get Syracuse back on track. I wouldn't trade this team for the world, and we will be better. Thanks for all the endless support. I'm orange for life." - The Post-Standard

(DS#999 DT) rSr/2022 DT Josh BlackSyracuse
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  12/10/20 - Tommy DeVitorJr/2022, Syracuse, 6-2, 221 (DS#999 QB) + More +

  Quarterback Tommy DeVito will return to Syracuse for the 2021 season, his father told syracuse.com Monday morning. "We want to finish what we started here because it feels like we never got started," DeVito's father, Tom, said. "Tommy's not going anywhere. Tommy's committed. He's staying." It quiets speculation DeVito will seek a transfer and leave the program with two years of eligibility remaining. DeVito has been the team's starting quarterback each of the past two seasons. He injured his ankle late in SU's 38-24 loss to Duke on Oct. 10 and missed the team's final seven games as SU finished 1-10. It did not win a game after DeVito's season-ending injury. - The Post-Standard

(DS#999 QB) rJr/2022 QB Tommy DeVitoSyracuse
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