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  11/01/21 - Sean TuckerrFr/2025, Syracuse, 5-09, 208 (DS#2 RB) + More +

  NOV 1 ACC RUNNING BACK OF THE WEEK: Sean Tucker, Syracuse, Fr., RB, Owings Mills, Md.,...Ran for a career-high 207 yards on 26 carries and one touchdown in Syracuse's 21-6 win over Boston College ... Rushing yardage was the ninth-most in a single game in program history and most since 2012 ... With Syracuse trailing 6-0 in the third quarter, Tucker sprang a 51-yard touchdown run to ignite the Orange offense and deliver a second-straight victory ... It marked his seventh-straight game with more than 100 yards on the ground ... He now has 1,267 yards on the season, which leads the nation and stands as the third-highest single-season total in Syracuse history. - ACC Football

(DS#2 RB) rFr/2025 RB Sean TuckerSyracuse
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  11/01/21 - Courtney JacksonrFr/2025, Syracuse, 5-10, 185 (DS#165 WR) + More +

  NOV 1 ACC SPECIALIST OF THE WEEK: Courtney Jackson, Syracuse, Fr., KR, Monroeville, Pa.,...Filling in for an injured Trebor Pena, Jackson took over as the Orange's primary return man for the first time in his career and took a 64-yard punt return back for a touchdown in Syracuse's 21-6 win over Boston College ... The score came on just the third punt return of Jackson's career and was the first punt--return touchdown for Syracuse since 2018. - ACC Football

(DS#165 WR) rFr/2025 WR Courtney JacksonSyracuse
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  10/31/21 - Sean TuckerrFr/2025, Syracuse, 5-09, 208 (DS#2 RB) + More +

  It was a slog for the Syracuse offense in the first half. Four false starts. Zero points. Just six first downs and 118 yards. Then Sean Tucker, the nation's leading rusher, broke one up the middle for a 51-yard score midway through the third quarter Saturday and Syracuse (5-4, 2-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) was on the way to a 21-6 win over longtime rival Boston College (4-4, 0-4 ACC). The Orange's second straight victory left them on the cusp of bowl eligibility. "There's no doubt that ignited us," Syracuse coach Dino Babers said. "But I also I think back to the defense being able to keep touchdowns off the board and keeping them to field goals, keeping us within reach and within hope of one quick strike, whether it goes through the air or on the ground." Quarterback Garrett Shrader scored on a long run shortly after Tucker's burst - a 48-yarder down the left sideline - and Courtney Jackson ran back a line drive punt 66 yards for another touchdown, part of a three-touchdown blitz in a five-minute span to overcome a 6-0 BC lead. "We didn't come out ready to play. The defense did a great job getting stops, not giving up a touchdown," Shrader said. "They had our number early on and maybe we weren't ready for it, but we figured it out in the second half." The loss was the fourth straight for the Eagles. - Syracuse/AP College Football

(DS#2 RB) rFr/2025 RB Sean TuckerSyracuse
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  10/23/21 - Garrett ShraderrSo/2024, Syracuse, 6-3, 230 (DS#999 QB) + More +

  Garrett Shrader rushed for three touchdowns and threw for two, including one to Damien Alford with 19 seconds left, to lift Syracuse to a 41-36 victory over Virginia Tech on Saturday. The Orange (4-4, 1-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) scored 14 points in the final 2:28 to snap a three-game losing streak. Shrader's 45-yard scoring toss to Alford, who beat Virginia Tech's Dorian Strong, was the difference. "This is going to be one of those moments," Syracuse coach Dino Babers said. "I really see this as being one of those moments that starts the change. I can't promise you it's going to change in W's and L's, but I can tell you it's going to change in everything else." Syracuse cut a 36-27 deficit to 36-34 on a 12-yard touchdown pass from Shrader to Courtney Jackson with 2:28 remaining. The Orange's defense then stopped the Hokies on the ensuing possession, leading to Shrader's winning toss to Alford, who out jumped Strong at the 7 and ran it for the score. "That was a catch I have to make," Alford said. "I didn't see the play (he was hit as he was throwing)," Shrader said. "I just heard the stadium get kind of quiet. When you're away, that typically means it's a good thing." Shrader threw for 236 yards and rushed for 174, accounting for 410 of Syracuse's 550 yards of total offense. Sean Tucker added 112 yards rushing and a score. - Syracuse/AP College Football

(DS#999 QB) rSo/2024 QB Garrett ShraderSyracuse
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  10/18/21 - Sean TuckerrFr/2025, Syracuse, 5-09, 208 (DS#2 RB) + More +

  OCT 18 ACC RUNNING BACK OF THE WEEK: Sean Tucker, Syracuse, Fr., RB, Owings Mills, Md.,...Named ACC Running Back of the Week for the second consecutive week following his performance in Friday night's 17-14 loss to visiting Clemson ... Carried the ball 22 times for a league-leading 157 yards (7.1 yards-per-carry average) and caught two passes for 20 yards ... Tucker has now run for more than 100 yards in five-straight games, tying the Syracuse program record ... Heads into week eight ranked second nationally in rushing yards and all-purpose yards. - ACC Football

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  10/18/21 - Tommy DeVitorSr/2023, Syracuse, 6-2, 215 (DS#999 QB) + More +

  Syracuse quarterback Tommy DeVito announced Sunday night on social media that he's entering the transfer portal. In a post on Twitter, the redshirt junior wrote that he was grateful to the university and all the teammates he played with. Coach Dino Babers was not mentioned. "It's with a heavy heart that I am announcing that I will be entering the transfer portal," DeVito wrote. DeVito, a highly regarded recruit from Don Bosco Prep in New Jersey, succeeded Eric Dungey as the starter in 2019 and kept the job for two seasons, though he missed the final seven games of 2020 with a leg injury.

He started the first three games of this season but was replaced by Mississippi State transfer Garrett Shrader and has not played in the past four games. With the 6-foot-4, 230-pound Shrader at the helm, Syracuse (3-4) beat Liberty on a last-second field goal but has lost all three of its Atlantic Coast Conference games. Two were decided on the final play, one in overtime, and on Saturday the Orange fell to Clemson, 17-14, when kicker Andre Szmyt missed a 48-yard field goal in the final minute of regulation. DeVito accepted the backup role initially, hoping for another shot, but Shrader has elevated the offense with his running ability and Babers opted to keep him as the starter. - AP College Football


(DS#999 QB) rSr/2023 QB Tommy DeVitoSyracuse
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  10/11/21 - Sean TuckerrFr/2025, Syracuse, 5-09, 208 (DS#2 RB) + More +

  OCT 11 ACC RUNNING BACK OF THE WEEK: Sean Tucker, Syracuse, Fr., RB, Owings Mills, Md.,...Tucker found the end zone three times in Saturday's 40-37 loss to No. 19 Wake Forest, rushing for two touchdowns and catching one touchdown pass ... The touchdown reception resulted in the game-tying score with 21 seconds left that sent the game into overtime ... Rushed for more than 100 yards for the fourth-straight game and fifth time in six weeks, carrying the ball 26 times for 153 yards (5.9 avg.) ... With three receptions out of the backfield, he was the Orange's second-leading receiver in Saturday's game. - ACC Football

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  10/04/21 - Taj HarrisrSr/2023, Syracuse, 6-1, 180 (DS#999 WR) + More +

  Syracuse wide receiver Taj Harris plans to transfer. Orange coach Dino Babers confirmed Monday that the junior has decided to enter the transfer portal. Babers said he spoke to Harris before Saturday's game at Florida State and afterward. Babers said Harris, who did not travel to Florida with the team, decided "the best opportunity for him" would be to transfer. Harris, who also did not play in the previous game against Liberty, announced his decision Sunday on social media. He has two years of eligibility remaining.

The speedy 6-foot-2, 180-pound Harris set Syracuse rookie records for receptions and receiving yards in 2018 with 40 catches for 565 yards. He was a third-team, All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection in 2020, when he had 58 catches for 733 yards and five TDs, and had 16 catches for 171 yards in three games this season. He finishes his Syracuse career with 151 receptions for 2,028 yards and 10 touchdowns and four 100-yard games. The Orange (3-2, 0-1 ACC) have dropped to the bottom of the conference in passing offense, averaging 171 yards per game, and have only three scoring passes, the fewest in the league. - AP College Football


(DS#999 WR) rSr/2023 WR Taj HarrisSyracuse
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  09/27/21 - Cody RoscoerSr/2022, Syracuse, 6-1, 275 (DS#25 DE) + More +

  SEPT 27 ACC DEFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK: Cody Roscoe, Syracuse, Sr., DL, Houston, Texas,...Had two sacks in the Orange's 24-21 win over previously unbeaten Liberty on Friday night, including a crucial strip-sack of Liberty QB Malik Willis with four minutes remaining ... Roscoe jarred the ball free and Syracuse recovered,, setting up the Orange's winning field goal ... Recorded six total tackles ... Has 5.0 sacks in the last-two games and ranks third nationally with 5.5 sacks on the year. - Atlantic Coast Conference Football

(DS#25 DE) rSr/2022 DE Cody RoscoeSyracuse
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  09/24/21 - Andre SzmytrSr/2023, Syracuse, 6-0, 210 (DS#7 K) + More +

  Andre Szmyt kicked the game-winning 35-yard field goal with no time on the clock as Syracuse used a late turnover to defeat Liberty 24-21 on Friday night. The Syracuse defense came up with the only turnover of the game just when the Orange needed it most. After forcing Liberty quarterback Malik Willis into fumbling the ball with just under four minutes remaining, Szmyt converted the turnover into the game-winning field goal seven plays later. Szmyt's kick was the Orange's first game-winning field in a game's final minute since 2015 and handed the Flames (3-1) their first loss this season.

The Syracuse defense couldn't stop Willis for most of the game. Willis had shredded Syracuse for 205 yards passing and three touchdowns. He had rallied the Flames from a 21-7 third-quarter deficit to knot the contest at 21-all less than a minute into the fourth quarter. After Liberty had stopped Syracuse for its third consecutive 3-and-out, the Flames looked primed to claim the victory after taking possession at their own 27-yard line with just over four minutes remaining. But Syracuse defenders Cody Roscoe and Marlowe Wax forced Willis to cough up the ball as he rolled out to pass and the Orange took over on the Flames' 30-yard line. Syracuse maneuvered the ball into position, eating up the clock as well as all of Liberty's timeouts. After Syracuse's Garrett Shrader gained 10 crucial yards on 3rd down quarterback keeper to get the ball to the 16-yard line, Orange coach Dino Babers let the clock tick down to 1 second before calling timeout and sending Szmyt onto the field. - Syracuse/AP College Football


(DS#7 K) rSr/2023 K Andre SzmytSyracuse
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  09/18/21 - Sean TuckerrFr/2025, Syracuse, 5-09, 208 (DS#2 RB) + More +

  The Syracuse defense yielded just 135 yards and sacked Albany quarterbacks eight times but it was running back Sean Tucker who stole the show. Tucker had 132 yards rushing and scored five touchdowns to lead the Orange (2-1) to a 62-24 win over the Great Danes (0-3). Playing without leading wide receiver Taj Harris, who was out with an undisclosed injury, Syracuse amassed 623 yards of offense.

Tucker's day included touchdown runs of 56, 26, 12 and eight yards and a 72-yard screen pass from Garrett Shrader in the first game between the upstate New York teams. Four of his scores came in the first half when Syracuse built a 45-10 lead. He also had 121 yards receiving. Tucker came one touchdown short of tying Jim Brown's single-game RB record for touchdowns. The Orange defense held the Great Danes (0-3) to two first downs and 67 yards in the first 30 minutes. Tommy DeVito and Shrader shared time at quarterback for Syracuse. DeVito was 6 of 9 for 147 yards and one touchdown. Shrader was 11 of 15 for 190 yards and one touchdown. He also rushed for 42 yards and two scores. Damien Alford scored on a 73-yard pass from DeVito for the first touchdown of his Syracuse career. - Syracuse Football/AP College Football


(DS#2 RB) rFr/2025 RB Sean TuckerSyracuse
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  09/13/21 - Mikel JonesrSo/2024, Syracuse, 6-0, 220 (DS#11 ILB) + More +

  SEPT 13 ACC LINEBACKER OF THE WEEK: Mikel Jones, Syracuse, Jr., LB, Miami, Fla.,...Registered a team-high 11 tackles and a career-best 2.5 tackles for loss in Saturday's game versus Rutgers ... Helped lead the Orange defense to 13.0 tackles for loss in the contest, the fourth-highest single game total to date nationally this season, and the most versus a Power 5 opponent ... Syracuse held Rutgers to 195 yards of total offense, 57 rushing yards and 3-of-15 on third down ... Jones currently ranks ninth nationally with 11 tackles per game. - Atlantic Coast Conference Football

(DS#11 ILB) rSo/2024 ILB Mikel JonesSyracuse
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  09/06/21 - Darian ChestnutFr/2025, Syracuse, 5-11, 195 (DS#40 CB) + More +

  SEPT 6 ACC SEPT 6 ACC CO-ROOKIE OF THE WEEK: Duce Chestnut, Syracuse, Fr., CB, Camden, N.J.,...Became just the third Syracuse true freshman defensive back to start the season opener for the Orange in more than 35 years in Saturday's 29-9 road win at Ohio ... Came away with his first collegiate interception, a pass breakup and 0.5 TFLs ... Ranked second on the team with eight total tackles, including a team-leading five solo stops ... Keyed an Orange defense that held Ohio to just nine (three field goals) and forced a Bobcat safety. - ACC Football

(DS#40 CB) Fr/2025 CB Darian ChestnutSyracuse
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  09/05/21 - Sean TuckerrFr/2025, Syracuse, 5-09, 208 (DS#2 RB) + More +

  Sean Tucker set a career high with 181 rushing yards and a touchdown as Syracuse pulled away from Ohio in the second half for a 29-9 win in its season opener on Saturday. The Orange scored nine points in the first quarter and never looked back. Tucker broke free for a 47-yard run on Syracuse's second offensive play to put the Orange in the red zone and Tommy DeVito scampered for a 6-yard score.

Syracuse then took advantage of a muffed kickoff and forced a safety by tackling De'Montre Tuggle in the end zone. "I thought it was a good performance," Syracuse head coach Dino Babers said. "That's not a gimme football team. That's a football team that's going to challenge for their side of the conference. The foundation that coach (Frank) Solich has left there and the way they do things, they're really first class. They're a difficult bunch to beat and very seldom do they ever quit." DeVito played his first game after suffering a season-ending leg injury in Syracuse's fourth game of the 2020 season, connecting on 11 of 17 passes for 92 yards and added 47 yards on the ground. - Syracuse/AP College Football


(DS#2 RB) rFr/2025 RB Sean TuckerSyracuse
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  08/27/21 - Taj HarrisrSr/2023, Syracuse, 6-1, 180 (DS#999 WR) + More +

  Taj Harris is in a unique position to break a major Syracuse record this season. The junior wideout is just 1,124 yards away from Steve Ishmael's program record of career receiving yards. Harris was named to this year's Senior Bowl Preseason Watch List, along with the Biletnikoff Award Watch List, given to the nation's top wide receiver. Harris earned All-ACC third-team honors last season after finishing with 58 receptions for 733 yards and five touchdowns. Dino Babers even allowed Harris the opportunity to attend the ACC's media days last month, saying he's earned the honor after three productive seasons. Be on the lookout for Harris' production this season as he continues to climb the record books as the Orange's top option at receiver. - The Post-Standard

(DS#999 WR) rSr/2023 WR Taj HarrisSyracuse
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