Syracuse Orange News, Rumors, Injuries & Recruiting
Fansided: Syracuse Strong are ready to defend their crown in 2019
The Syracuse Strong is a minor league football team in the salt city. They're the winningest program in Central New York.
In 2018 the Strong had their best year to date:Northeastern Football Alliance Champions
AAA New York State Champions
AAA National Champions
Which means the target is squarely on the back of the Syracuse Strong. Every opponent they play this season will want to take the Strong out. In essence, Syracuse will be taking every team's best shot.Team President Khalid Bey and Syracuse Strong wide receiver Joshua Thomas joined The Manchild Show with Boy Green to talk about defending the crown in 2019:
"Oh we're absolutely ready and you're right.
Fansided: Syracuse Football: Donovan McNabb says he should already be in HOF
Donovan McNabb is one of the greatest quarterbacks to ever put on a Syracuse football uniform. He played in the NFL for 13 years with three different franchises but is most recognized for his 11 years with the Philadelphia Eagles.
Which is the same team that selected Donovan with the second overall pick in the 1999 NFL Draft out of Syracuse.In his wildly successful football career, he accomplished a lot of things: Super Bowl appearance (2004).
5 NFC title game appearances.
6-time Pro Bowl selection.
His No. 5 jersey has been retired by the Philadelphia Eagles and the Syracuse football team.
Fansided: Syracuse Mets are feeling ripple effects from New York Mets
Since May 17th the New York Mets have now added five additional names to the Injured List. Thursday morning New York announced that both Robinson Cano and Jeff McNeil will be headed to the 10 day IL after a 6-1 win over the "Syracuse Chiefs'" former parent club Washington Nationals.
On Wednesday night another injury rocked the New York Mets' outfield, which sent Brandon Nimmo to the 10 day Injured List. Rajai Davis was selected from Syracuse to the Metropolitan's active roster. This is not just another outfielder with Major League experience that is no longer available for manager Tony DeFrancesco but impacts the bullpen directly as well.
Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician: Syracuse football 2019 opponent preview: N.C. State Wolfpack
Last week, we discussed the Syracuse Orange's week five opponent, Holy Cross. The Crusaders are SU's most likely win this season (on paper), and provide for a nice palate cleanser before the first bye week and then the ACC slate starts in earnest.
Perhaps you're not as excited about looking at this year's opponents, since it's only May. But since Syracuse football won 10 games last year, and I run this place, we're talking about them anyway. The Orange have plenty of challenges ahead -- some of those greater than others. Today, we take a look at SU's week seven foe:
School: North Carolina State University
#BRAND Slogan(s): #1Pack1Goal
Alternate #BRAND Slogan Suggestions: #1TenWinSeasonEver OR "Home of 'this is going to be the year' since 1902.
Fansided: Syracuse Football: Preseason All-American honors for several SU stars
One of the biggest honors that can be bestowed on a team is "All-American" status which represents the elite of the elite. Syracuse football witnessed two of their stars receive this recognition from the folks over at Athlon Sports:Andre Szmyt , K, sophomore Not only was voted a preseason All-American but received first-team honors at that.
Andre Cisco , DB, sophomore While the "other" Andre on the team received third-team All-American honors after leading all of college football in interceptions.
But it's not just about the quality, it's also about the quantity.
Fansided: Syracuse football coaching staff rejected Sean McVay a few years back
Just when Syracuse football fans thought they had put their recent mediocre history behind them with a 10-3 record-breaking 2018 season, something like this happens.
Hey does anyone know who Sean McVay is? Yeah, that Sean McVay:The one who just led the Los Angeles Rams to the Super Bowl in his second year as a head coach at 33 years of age.
Many consider McVay the best offensive coach in all of football and caused quite a rave this NFL offseason. The majority of the head coach openings were filled by coaches who have had some sort of connection to McVay (whether real or just in passing).
Official Site of the Orange: Szmyt, Cisco Earn Preseason All-America Honors
SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Placekicker Andre Szmyt and safety Andre Cisco have been named preseason All-Americans by Athlon Sports. The reigning Lou Groza Award winner as the nation's top kicker, Szmyt was voted to the first team, while Cisco, who tied for the national lead in interceptions last season, was picked to the third team. Both players were also selected to Athlon's 2019 Preseason All-ACC First Team.
The preseason All-America and all-conference teams are included in Athlon's 2019 College Football Preview, which is available in stores and on newsstands now.
Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician: Syracuse football recruiting: Key 2021 prospect returns to NY, plus assessing QBs
Despite some quiet on the Syracuse Orange football recruiting front lately, there have been some more subtle updates of late, which we'll get into below.
Running back Seven McGee, who had transferred to Narbonne High School (Los Angeles) in January, apparently missed the home cooking of Rochester. Just four months after leaving, McGee has returned to East High School (Rochester), where he previously earned All-American honors from MaxPreps.
McGee, a 2021 prospect, is currently committed to Oregon, but holds an offer from Syracuse among many others. In 2018, McGee amassed over 1,000 all-purpose yards and 100 tackles in his sophomore season.
Fansided: Syracuse Football: Athlon Sports corrects egregious SU ranking error
Better late than never I suppose. For those who missed it back in January, Athlon Sports released their "way-too-early" preseason college football rankings and mysteriously the Syracuse football squad was MIA.
Syracuse, of course, finished the season ranked in the top-15 in the country after their best season since 2001 (10-3). While they've lost key talent on the offensive line, quarterback, wide receiver, and their entire linebacking corps, there is still a ton returning.Fortunately, <em>Athlon Sports</em> (<a href="https://athlonsports.com/college-football/top-25-college-football-rankings-2019">Steven Lassan</a>) learned the error of their ways and put Syracuse where they belong: in the top-25 in the country heading into 2019:
Fansided: Syracuse Mets: Analytics say a Tim Tebow breakthrough is inevitable
The Syracuse Mets remain in first place in the International League North Division after losing their last series to the Columbus Clippers.
In the rubber match-up, Sunday outfielder Tim Tebow hit his first home run of the season. With the loss of Carlos Gomez after his promotion Friday, the Mets hope Tebow's so far disappointing season is ready to turn for the better.
After Sunday's game, Tebow sat at .157/.216/.231 with a sub .500 OPS. Returning trends, however, seem to be a little more favorable as in Tebow's last 10 games his line has improved to .
Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician: How to construct Syracuse football's non-conference schedule going forward
We're in peak offseason, so I'm just going to stick to what I know: Football scheduling.
Fully acknowledging that I'm a big fan of the Syracuse Orange's recent shift to more manageable schedules in terms of quality of opponents, there's still plenty of work to be done to set up a bright future for SU -- whether that includes Dino Babers long-term or not (and hopefully it does). While we're ahead compared to where Syracuse has been of late, scheduling continues to get pushed further and further out. That's likely to squeeze programs like the Orange that aren't necessarily brand names and don't sit in big recruiting areas.
Fansided: Syracuse Football: SU fans vote for who they want on cover of NCAA 20
We finally seem to have some trending optimism that the NCAA football video game is making a return. For all the latest details on this development click here.
With that being said it seems like it's only a matter of *when* not *if* this game is going to come together. So it got us thinking, what Syracuse football player would we like to see on the cover? So we asked the fans.
To get as fair of a field as possible we had two separate voting polls: one on Facebook and one on Twitter.
The Facebook poll allowed fans to vote for one of the pre-selected players (Tommy DeVito, Andre Szmyt, Andre Cisco, or Kendall Coleman) and also even add their own vote suggestions to the list.
Fansided: Syracuse Football: NCAA football video game is making a comeback
The last time you picked up your video game controller and played with the Syracuse football squad was NCAA Football 14. You probably took it for granted because you assumed that NCAA Football 15 would come out the following Fall, but it didn't.
"Lawsuits over athlete likeness, including the landmark proceedings of Ed O'Bannon, ended the game's circulation with the 2014 version. The courts ruled EA Sports had used athlete likeness without permission or compensation. EA Sports eventually paid out $60 million in settlements to athletes who appeared in its games between 2003-14," per Chris Hummer of 247 Sports.
Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician: Syracuse picked 21st in Athlon's top 25 college football rankings
It's no longer breaking news to see the Syracuse Orange football team included in various preseason top 25s. SU finished 2018 at No. 15, and has spent much of the offseason somewhere in the 15-25 range for most publications.
Still, adding another name to the list is still interesting, so we're noting Athlon Sports as the latest believer in a long line of them leading up to 2019. Athlon sees Syracuse as the 21st-best team in the country right now, and the next ACC squad after second-ranked Clemson. While one would think there would be some doubt on the Orange after Eric Dungey's departure, most pundits are buying into the fact that Tommy DeVito's recruiting ranking will deliver and that he may actually wind up a better fit for what Dino Babers's offense wants to do.
Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician: Reviewing Syracuse football's non-conference scheduling history
We talk plenty about Syracuse Orange non-conference scheduling around here, especially with regard to how it shapes the future of the program.
After we (Sean, myself) preached the importance of manageable scheduling for most of this site's existence, Syracuse has recently gotten on board as well. Orange AD John Wildhack himself even discussed as much at a recent alumni event in Los Angeles, (thankfully) remarking that SU won't be out West to see UCLA/USC anytime soon.
Of course, not everyone is a convert, though. And for as much as fans like the wins, the allure of the upcoming schedules isn't exactly at its peak aside from visits from conference foes like Clemson.