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Co 2020-21 Iggy Award Winner MPG (special again)
Aug 15, 2011
Welcome to National Prime Rib Day!

National Prime Rib Day annually recognizes this special meal favorite on April 27th each year. Sometimes known as the “King of Meats,” Prime Rib is a choice cut from one of the eight prime cuts of beef.

A rubbed-on seasoned and then slow-roasted prime rib will give you a deliciously tender, tasty main course. Find many recipes and helpful “how to cook prime rib” guides on the internet for all to use. Some of the most common seasons used include garlic, salt, pepper, rosemary, onion, oregano, and thyme.

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Syracuse Orange defensive lineman Cody Roscoe (18) pressures Clemson Tigers quarterback D.J. Uiagalelei (5) at the Carrier Dome, Syracuse, N.Y., Friday October 15, 2021. Scott Schild |

The NFL draft is this weekend. 5 SU football players who could wind up in camp (PS; Mink)

NFL draft weekend is expected to be much quieter this year for Syracuse’s pro football prospects.

None of the school’s draft-eligible players are projected to be selected on the first two days of the draft, which runs Thursday through Saturday in Las Vegas.

The time to refresh Twitter will come Saturday afternoon and evening and on Sunday, as teams make their late-round selections and fill out 90-man offseason rosters with undrafted priority free agents and rookie minicamp invitees.

Several SU players could land a tryout or sign as an undrafted free agent, the two ways a player can find a spot in a rookie camp if he doesn’t get picked in the seven-round draft.

Syracuse has had two undrafted free agents make a team’s 53-man roster each of the past two seasons. Former wide receiver Trishton Jackson latched on with the Los Angeles Rams in 2020, and Trill Williams made it through final cuts with the Miami Dolphins last year.

Here are five players who could get their opportunity at the next level:

Cody Roscoe

A mid-season All-America honoree by the Associated Press, Roscoe has the best resume of SU’s prospects.

He earned first-team All-ACC honors after a breakout senior season, becoming the school’s first edge rusher to receive such recognition at the conference level since Chandler Jones in 2011.

Class of 2024 QB Jayden Rapp Impressed by History of Syracuse (SI; McAllister)

Class of 2024 Rochester (NY) Greece Athena quarterback Jayden Rapp recently spent time on the Syracuse campus getting a closer look at the Orange football program.

"It was great," Rapp said. "Really enjoyed my time there."

During the visit, the history of Syracuse stood out.

"I got to see all the facilities for the football program," Rapp said. "Weight room, fields, locker rooms, etc. We also toured the actual campus and got to see the rec center. Seeing all the history that SU has had to be one of the best parts. Just being there you can tell how historically great the program really is."

The 2024 quarterback also spent time with the Syracuse coaches.

"Coach White and coach Ahmad the most," Rapp said. "I got to watch some film with coach White and he was telling me about what it took to play football at Syracuse. How they like hardworking aggressive guys who are going to make plays for the team. Coach Ahmad was really big on following our football dreams because that's what we want. Also, not forgetting the education we would be getting because you never know what could happen."

During the trip, Rapp was impressed by Syracuse's facilities and campus.

"I was blown away with how nice they were," Rapp said. "You can tell the team takes pride in them."

Overall, the visit left an impression on the Greece Athena standout.

"It definitely raised my interest significantly," Rapp said.

Where crucial Syracuse defensive line stands after spring practice: 'That is the key to our defense' (; $; Bailey)

If there was any doubt as to where the spotlight should be cast on the Syracuse football defense this offseason, Dino Babers erased it during his first media availability of the spring. The Orange lost five of its top six defensive linemen from 2021, leaving what was once perhaps the deepest position group on the roster without a player who took more than Caleb Okechukwu's 258 snaps last fall, according to Pro Football Focus.

"That," Babers said of the reload, "is the key to our defense."

SU spent 15 practices fine-tuning its program this spring and, in the trenches, that meant a group of largely unproven players getting a chance to compete for valuable team reps. Okechukwu and fellow upperclassmen Steve Linton return as the only defensive ends with game experience while sophomore Terry Lockett and walk-on Kevon Darton compose the only tackles to have seen meaningful action.

Axe: SU football’s offense in midst of an NFL draft drought (PS; $; Axe)

The 2022 NFL Draft, which begins Thursday, will come and go without an offensive skill position player from Syracuse University selected by any of the 32 teams in the National Football League.

That will continue a historic NFL draft drought for the Syracuse offense.

How bad is it?

You might want to take a deep breath before taking in all these bullet points.

You ready?

You sure?

OK, here we go.

  • The last Syracuse skill position player that heard his name called in the NFL draft was quarterback Ryan Nassib, selected in the fourth round by the New York Giants in 2013.
  • The last Syracuse player selected in the first round of the draft was offensive guard Justin Pugh, selected by the Giants with the 19th overall pick in 2013.
  • Nassib and Pugh represent a total of three offensive players, along with offensive guard Andrew Tiller (New Orleans Saints, 2012) taken in the draft out of Syracuse in the last decade.

Opponent Analysis: Virginia Cavaliers — 2022 Syracuse Football preview - The Juice Online (the juice; Sears)

As we countdown to kickoff in September, we’re going to be doing a team-by-team opponent preview each week over the spring/summer. This week, we’re previewing Syracuse’s matchup with Virginia on Sept. 23 with their major storylines.

The Virginia Cavaliers were a strange team in 2021.

A record-setting year for quarterback Brennan Armstrong ran parallel to the 105th ranked rushing offense in the country, averaging barely over 100 yards per game. A team that scored at least 30 points in nine games couldn’t score a touchdown in a 28-3 loss to #9 Notre Dame at home. A 6-2 start to the season became a 6-6 final record with a bowl game matchup forfeited due to Covid issues.


Most of those factors probably contributed to the surprise resignation of head coach Bronco Mendenhall in early December. While Mendenhall stated it was due to 31 straight years of coaching football and the toll that takes, he also clarified he wasn’t retiring and hadn’t ruled out taking another coaching job.

A week after the announcement, the team hired Clemson offensive coordinator Tony Elliot, who had an uphill battle from the start. A half dozen commits flipped their allegiance after the Mendenhall news, and several players departed in the transfer portal as well.

The biggest win for Elliot, however, was convincing his star quarterback to hold off from the NFL for one more year. In 11 games (Armstrong missed the aforementioned Notre Dame matchup), he threw for 4,444 yards and 31 touchdowns against 10 picks, and added nine scores on the ground.

To put it bluntly, Armstrong was the offense for the Cavaliers, and keeping him around sets a solid formation with which Elliot can build the next phase of Virginia football.

Let’s get the Syracuse Orange on the EDSBS Charity Bowl Leaderboard (TNIAAM; Pregler)

I’m not going to sugar coat it: Syracuse Orange sports have been rough these days. However, if you’re looking for some reason to proudly wave that Orange flag, I’ve got the (online) bowl for you.

The EDSBS Charity Bowl has returned for 2022. If you’re new around here, the folks who used to be behind EDSBS of SB Nation started a fundraising campaign for New American Pathways, an organization in Georgia who assists immigrants and refugees with their lives once arrived in the United States through citizenship. Spencer Hall was a former volunteer, a current college football fan, and so the Charity Bowl was born.

First: If you're a veteran, got it, I'm ADHD and got money to throw, well, here's the link for this year's festivities. No waiting, line's open: Charity Bowl 2022
— BUM CHILLUPS AKA SPENCER HALL (@edsbs) April 25, 2022
Essentially, everyone who donates supports a school, with Spencer usually getting a tattoo (or doing something ridiculous) for the school who wins. Most donations come in the form of a petty school rivalry victory or calling card, and that invitation is too much for us to ignore.

(youtube; video)

It’s 2022 Head Coach Rankings Week! The Bros start off the week with the ACC. The top coach is yet again Dabo Swinney of Clemson, but watch to find out where the Bros ranked Jeff Hafley (Boston College), Mike Elko (Duke), Mike Norvell (FSU), Geoff Collins (Georgia Tech), Scott Satterfield (Louisville), Mario Cristobal (Miami), Mack Brown (UNC), Dave Doeren (NC State), Pat Narduzzi (Pitt), Dino Babers (Syracuse), Tony Elliott (Virginia), Brent Pry (Virginia Tech), and Dave Clawson (Wake Forest).

Why Dave Clawson of Wake Forest Football is a top-20 head coach (; Lloyd)

When analyzing his outrageous accomplishments (especially at Wake Forest), Dave Clawson should easily be seen as a top-20 head coach in CFB today.

Since the dawn of time, some college football programs have just appeared to be doomed to fail, and Wake Forest football has always been one of those programs.

The Demon Deacons hold the worst all-time winning percentage of all Power 5 teams (.419), and to squeak into even the smallest bowl game is considered a sizable achievement by their historical standards. Former Wake Forest football head coach Jim Grobe took jabs at this description during his time with the Deacs, but the change never truly commenced until Dave Clawson came to town.

Clawson had worked his way up to the Power 5 level after seeing success at every head coaching job he had gotten his hands on. Each program–Fordham, Richmond, and Bowling Green, respectively–had seen at least one conference title while under his command, and that was enough for the Demon Deacons to take a chance on him.

Clawson has excelled at Wake Forest

Clawson succeeded Grobe for the 2014-15 season, and Wake Forest football did just about as bad as one would expect, finishing with a ghastly 3-9 record. The following year saw virtually no change, as the Deacs dwelled at 3-9 again.

It was the third season, however, where Clawson’s impact began to take form. In 2016, Wake Forest won half of their regular-season games, entering the postseason at 6-6. Upon doing so, they met and beat the 10-win Temple Owls in the Military Bowl.

That victory gave Wake its first positive season and bowl win since 2008, and that quickly became the bar that Clawson was aiming to hit. The next three seasons saw final records donning either seven or eight wins, and with them came two more bowl trophies.

ACC: Pitt, Deacs out to keep momentum, Clemson hits reset (spectrum; AP)

The Atlantic Coast Conference changed significantly last season with Pitt winning the league title, Wake Forest taking the Atlantic Division and conference powerhouse Clemson largely out of the mix by mid-October.

Panthers coach Pat Narduzzi and Demon Deacons coach Dave Clawson believe their teams worked hard this spring to stay on top. Pitt defeated Wake Forest 45-21 in the ACC title game, ending Clemson’s run of six straight championships.

Narduzzi spent the spring seeking a successor to Kenny Pickett, who was expected to be one of the first quarterbacks taken in the NFL draft.

“I was happy we got a lot of work done,” Narduzzi said. “We saw enough in 14 practices that we know who we are and I’m happy.”

The Panthers watched as Nick Patti competed with Southern Cal transfer Kedon Slovis for the starting spot. Slovis, who threw 30 touchdowns as a Trojans’ freshman, called it a “no-brainer” joining his new team.

Wake Forest, the first team other than Clemson to win the Atlantic since Florida State in 2014, won a program record-tying 11 games last year. Clawson took some offseason steps to improve a defense that was 10th in the ACC in points (28.9) and yards (413.2) allowed last season.

Clawson hired Brad Lambert as defensive coordinator. Lambert was linebackers coach at Wake Forest under Jim Grobe in 2006, the only other time the Deacons were 11-3.

“I’m encouraged by some things, and I’ve got a pit in my stomach about others,” Clawson said. “Were we better on defense because we are better on defense? Or because we did not play as well on offense.”

He will know for sure in about five months.


Tigers coach Dabo Swinney was pleased with what he saw this spring, especially with starting quarterback D.J. Uiagalelei, who struggled early with injuries and off-target throws.

Uiagalelei went 17 of 36 for 175 yards in the Tigers’ spring game earlier this month. Still, his body of work was more than good enough to keep him the starter over freshman Cade Klubnik.

Uiagalelei “has had a great spring,” Swinney said. “He has not done anything to not be the starter. Cade is a really talented player. We got two guys, I think, that can win at a high level, just like when Trevor (Lawrence) and DJ were coming out of the spring” in 2020.

It helps that receiver Joseph Ngata has had a injury-free spring. He finished with four catches for 50 yards in the spring game.


All four new ACC coaching hires after last season came in the Coastal, highlighted by Miami bringing in Oregon’s Mario Cristobal for Manny Diaz. Cristobal was a former Miami offensive tackle who was part of two national title teams. He’s charged with bringing “The U” back to prominence.

The first spring under Cristobal ended April 16 with a commitment to the little details that the new coach regularly preached will determine how far the Hurricanes go this fall.

“There’s no more excuses,” quarterback Tyler Van Dyke said.




Mike LeRoy, co-owner and brewer at Stout Beard Brewing in Syracuse (Don Cazentre | Cazentre

A Syracuse craft brewery is relocating to Liverpool, with plans to grow (PS; $; Cazentre)

For the past four years, Stout Beard Brewing Co. has operated a brewhouse on one side of Syracuse and a taproom on the other.

Now, it’s consolidating the two and relocating them to Liverpool. Stout Beard’s new home will be in a part of the former Lakeview Bowling Center, at 715 Old Liverpool Road. The bowling center closed in 2019.

That means Stout Beard is closing its taproom in the Westcott Street area and its beer production facility on West Fayette Street.

The move, Stout Beard co-owner Mike LeRoy said, should enable the brewery to increase the amount of beer it makes and expand the number of styles it can produce.

“We’ll have room to grow and do some new things,” LeRoy said. That includes a plan to add wooden barrels to age more of its beers.

The project will take some time, and won’t happen all at once, LeRoy said.

The current taproom, located just off Westcott Street at 126 Dell St. (above Saint Urban restaurant), will close at the end of May. The timing makes sense because summer is the slow season for the neighborhood near Syracuse University, LeRoy said.

Hokie Mark

2nd String
Apr 15, 2013
Every time I look at Wake Forest, then at Syracuse, I think "why can't the Orange do that?" If I think it, I'm sure you do too!

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