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Aug 15, 2011
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SU News

Where SU football's 2023 scholarship roster stands after spring ball (PS; $; Leiker)

After the spring football season and the second NCAA transfer portal window closed, Syracuse football will have an estimated 75 players on scholarship entering fall camp.

There’s room to add more, as NCAA rules cap FBS rosters at 85 scholarship players.

Including walk-ons, SU should have at least 91 total players on its roster this summer.

That and the scholarship number both include the 11 additional incoming freshmen and junior college transfers who signed with the program earlier this year but did not join for spring ball.

Syracuse lost three players during the second transfer portal window: quarterbacks JaCobian Morgan and Justin Lamson, and defensive lineman Jatius Geer. Morgan did not go through spring practice with SU, but the other two did and were significant contributors.

Though the portal closed Sunday, schools have 48 hours to enter players’ names, meaning there could be more news of players entering through the end of Tuesday. Players can exit the portal by committing to a school at any time.


Syracuse football celebrates its past at the NFL Draft (; Simone)

NFL Draft weekend is not usually a momentous occasion for Syracuse. The Orange haven’t had a first round pick since Justin Pugh in 2013, and haven’t had three players chosen in the same draft since 2013. If you want to find the last time SU had four players taken, you have to go all the way back to 2006.

While none of those demons were exercised for Dino Babers’ program in the 2023 Draft, it was still a momentous occasion. Matthew Bergeron was selected 38th overall by the Atlanta Falcons, an early second round pick. While the first round curse still exists, Bergeron was the highest drafted Syracuse player and first to be selected earlier than the third round since Pugh.

THREAD: @CuseFootball is sending five members of its squad to the NFL, here’s a recap of who they are and where they’re headed:
— WAER Sports (@WAERSports) May 1, 2023

Bergeron was announced as a guard rather than tackle, which he played for four years at SU.’s Brent Axe expected him to move to the interior in the NFL, based on conversations with scouts. While Bergeron wants to play left tackle at the next level, he believes his size, athleticism and intelligence allow him to play any of the five offensive line positions if asked to.
... (SI; McAllister)

Syracuse quarterback Justin Lamson entered the transfer portal on Sunday, the last day the portal was open, must to the surprise of many Orange fans. That leaves Syracuse with just two scholarship quarterbacks, Garrett Shrader and Carlos Del Rio-Wilson, going into next season. Because of that lack of depth, the Orange needs to find a replacement for Lamson in the portal.

Who should Syracuse target? There are a lot of players in the portal, including a lot of quarterbacks. The Orange should, therefore, have plenty of options. The challenge is the recruiting pitch. Shrader is the established starter, so any player the Orange targets would have to be OK with not starting next season. In addition, with Carlos Del Rio-Wilson there, any incoming quarterback would have to accept competing for the starting job in 2024. Not only that, but Del Rio-Wilson has a leg up with his experience within the program.

Here are some names that would make sense:

Braden Davis (South Carolina): Davis has four years of eligibility remaining, which means he would make sense as an option. He is originally from Delaware, so a move back to the Northeast would put him closer to friends and family. Davis was down the depth chart at South Carolina, so a chance to compete for a starting job in 2024 could be something he strongly considers

Peter Delaportas (Boston College): Syracuse offered Delaportas out of high school and he has four years of eligibility remaining. From a Syracuse perspective, this would make a lot of sense.

Ty Keyes (Southern Miss): Keyes is an interesting one. Syracuse hosted him in January for a visit, but elected not to offer. He then chose the junior college route. With Lamson gone, could Syracuse revisit Keyes and try to talk him out of going JUCO?

2024 DL Grant Winter recaps Syracuse visit (247sports; Finneral)

Class of 2024 defensive lineman Grant Winter recently took a visit to Syracuse. Winter really enjoyed seeing the Syracuse football program up close and interacting with the coaching staff.

“I was able to connect with a number of coaches,” Winter said. “They were all honest and genuine. Coach Achuff, coach Nunz, coach Maddox and coach Thomas were knowledgeable about the game and I can see myself working with them.”

Winter plays at St. Paul’s School in New Hampshire, who won a NEPSAC Bowl last season. After his visit, Winter said Syracuse is an appealing option to him for multiple reasons.

“Syracuse is a top school from a geographic, academic and athletic standpoint,” Winter said. “When I walked on campus, I felt comfortable. They also have a great business program.”

Winter said he got a ‘great vibe’ from Syracuse and everyone involved with the football program. He has not been offered by Syracuse yet, but he is confident he has the football skills and academics to be a strong recruit and an asset for the Orange.

From Japan to Syracuse: Sugano's long road to Syracuse football (; Wang)

Yosuke Sugano is always reaching for new heights.

“There is football in Japan. But it’s not a huge sport like America,” said Sugano, a redshirt senior linebacker for Syracuse.

His love for the sport started when he joined his junior high school football club in Japan. And it became his passion when he traveled to AT&T Stadium to play in the International Bowl for the Japan under-18 national team.

“At that time, I was like ‘Oh, I want to play football in America,’ ” he said. “So I applied to an American high school for my senior year.”

Sugano was hooked and wanted to see what football in the United States was all about. He landed at Greenville Senior High School in Pennsylvania.

“When I was 18 years old, I came here all by myself, and at that time, wasn’t able to speak English at all, so I was kind of being lonely,” Sugano said.

But on the football field, he let his game do all the talking. Sugano tallied 62 tackles, 10 sacks and two forced fumbles in his one season of high school football in the U.S.

His performance earned him an opportunity to play Division I FCS football at Saint Francis University. In three seasons with the Red Flash, Sugano had 34 tackles, four sacks and a forced fumble.

“I think size difference is a huge difference for me, and even strategy-wise, football is much smarter than football in Japan,” Sugano said.

However, he was hungry for a bigger challenge. So Sugano entered the transfer portal, and that’s when former Orange defensive coordinator Tony White reached out.

“[White] had an experience of playing in Japan for like one bowl game,” Sugano said. “He coached in Japan one time, so he kind of has an understanding of how [the] Japanese act like.”

Keeping Up With The 315 5-1-23 (ESPN; radio; The 315)

Brian Higgins starts the show wrapping up the Syracuse men’s lacrosse season, previewing the women’s lacrosse team’s postseason journey, and updating you on the latest transfer portal nuggets across multiple sports. Then, a transparent recap of wagering weekend for The Man Who Sort Of Knows. Later, Brian’s NFL Draft takeaways from an Orange perspective.

WATCH: Dallas Cowboys war room debates drafting Mazi Smith or Syracuse OL (; Woods)

It’s always interesting being able to see what goes on behind the scenes during the NFL Draft and get a glimpse into the thought process of an organization.

In a video shared by the Dallas Cowboys, we see owner Jerry Jones, VP of player personnel Will McClay, and head coach Mike McCarthy debating whether to draft Michigan defensive lineman Mazi Smith or Syracuse offensive lineman Matthew Bergeron.

Video: Inside the #Cowboys war room debating who to take at 26th overall of the 2023 Draft.

It apparently came down to Michigan DT Mazi Smith and OL Matthew
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) May 1, 2023
McClay: “I would go with Mazi because I know that he helps us now,” argued McClay, who becomes the de-facto GM when it’s Draft season. “With the guard, love the guard too, my question is, you’re adding something to where you have depth. I think the defensive lineman gives you an immediate starter and something for the future.”
Jones: “I am cutthroat if we missed one of those two guys after having them both here in our hands.”
McCarthy: “We’re better on the line of scrimmage with either one of these guys.”
McClay: “We’ve had offensive linemen there, we’ve had an opportunity to pick them, we’ve not had an interior defensive lineman that high in quite some time.”
Jones: “Let’s do Smith.”
Smith was selected with the No. 26 overall pick in the first round and will be an asset stopping the run right out of the gate.

The selection of Smith had Cowboys linebacker Micah Parsons excited on draft night, too. Parsons texted Cowboys defensive coordinator Dan Quinn on Thursday afternoon before the draft, lobbying for Dallas to draft Smith.

The 6-foot-3 and 337-pound Smith had 48 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, 0.5 sacks, one forced fumble, and one fumble recovery last season for the Wolverines.

Former Rutgers football star joins coaching staff of former Big East rival (; Fonseca)

A former Rutgers football star is now working for one of his alma mater’s former conference rivals.

Tyshon Fogg, who featured at linebacker for the Scarlet Knights for five seasons and as recently as the 2021 season, became a member of the Syracuse football coaching staff this offseason. His staff biography lists him as a graduate assistant on defense.

A four-star recruit in the class of 2017 out of Calvert Hall in Baltimore, Fogg committed to the Scarlet Knights in the early days of Chris Ash’s tenure as head coach in Piscataway. He remained with the program when current head coach Greg Schiano took over, playing under him for his final two seasons of college football.

Fogg played in 49 games throughout his college career, collecting 293 tackles, 16 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, one interception and one forced fumble. He started 29 games, including in all 12 appearances of his breakout junior season. As a senior in 2021, he featured for the Scarlet Knights when they faced the Orange at the Carrier Dome, collecting two tackles in a 17-7 win.

Fogg was not selected in the 2022 NFL Draft. He received an invite to rookie minicamp with the Miami Dolphins, but did not earn a spot on an NFL roster. Now, he continues his football life as a coach on Dino Babers’ staff.

Fogg is one of multiple coaches on the Syracuse staff with Rutgers connections. Dennis Thomas, a former running back for the Scarlet Knights who served as an offensive assistant on staff last season, joined the Orange as their Director of High School Relations this offseason. Phill Guard, a former Rutgers graduate assistant, joined Syracuse as a quality control coach.

‎Locked On Syracuse - Daily Podcast On Syracuse Orange Football & Basketball: Syracuse Football NFL Draft Weekend Recap + Justin Lamson Transfer Reaction on Apple Podcasts (; podcast; Locked on Syracuse)

Syracuse Football NFL Draft Weekend Recap + Justin Lamson Transfer Reaction

Two Buccaneers UDFAs That Could Actually Make The Final Roster (bucsreport)

2 undrafted free agents that could actually make the Tampa Bay roster...

ACC News

Clemson transfer finds new college home in the ACC (; Staff)

A Clemson transfer has found his new college home — and he’s heading back home to another school in the ACC.

Former Tiger cornerback Malcolm Greene announced via social media Monday that he has committed to transfer to Virginia, where he will of course be playing for former Clemson assistant Tony Elliott.

A former four-star prospect from Highland Springs High School in Virginia, Greene announced on April 20 that he had entered the transfer portal.

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney recently commented on Greene’s decision to transfer and had nothing but positive things to say about Greene, who spent the last three seasons playing for Swinney after enrolling at Clemson in the summer of 2020.

Unfortunately for Greene, his time as a Tiger was largely injury plagued.

“He’s one of the best young men that’s come through our program,” Swinney said. “Unbelievably committed in every aspect. I mean, as ‘All In’ as there could be.”

“Unfortunately, his development slowed a little bit, just because I think this is the first semester that he’s had healthy,” Swinney added, “and it was really good to see him get out there and compete.”

Swinney said Greene, who earned his degree in marketing in December 2022, wanted the chance to pursue a starting position elsewhere.

“Just competitively where he was, depth chart wise… He’s already got his degree. He’s a graduate, and he just wanted an opportunity to maybe go somewhere where he could be a starter,” Swinney said. “So, we tried to help him with that, for sure. But he’s a Tiger, always will be a Tiger, and love that guy.”

Clemson Football: ACC Teams that could Dethrone the Tigers (; Arnold)

Top Dog

Clemson Football finished undefeated in the ACC last season, a feat capped by an impressive 39-10 win over North Carolina in the conference championship game. It was the seventh ACC title claimed by the Tigers in the last eight years, an accomplishment rivaled only by FSU’s dominate run in the 90’s.

Clemson is poised to win yet another conference championship again in 2023, though their journey there will not be without adversity.

These are the teams with the most potential to dethrone Clemson as ACC champions.

Florida State

It seems as if FSU may finally be turning a corner. Last year’s campaign began with a strong 4-0 start before dropping three straight to Wake Forest, NC State, and Clemson. The Clemson game, however, would be the last the Noles would lose, as they finished the year with six straight victories, including an impressive bowl win over Oklahoma. Entering his 4th season as the head coach, Mike Norvell is optimistic about his team’s chances in 2023.

Why Florida State will Win the ACC

FSU comes into the new season hoping to build off of that tremendous turnaround in 2022. Like Clemson, they will field one of the best rosters in the nation, a roster capable of achieving berths into both the ACC championship game and, perhaps, the College Football Playoff as well.

Much of the national media seems to think they are capable of it. Senior Writer Mark Schlabach ranked the Seminoles 4th in ESPN’s “Way-Too-Early Top 25.” Similarly, the final AP Poll of 2022 ranked the Seminoles 11th overall, while Clemson slipped to 13th, despite beating the Seminoles head-to-head.

FSU’s team is led by dual threat quarterback Jordan Travis, who torched defenses for 3,214 passing yards, and 24 touchdowns last season. This includes a 254 yard, 2 touchdown showing against the Tigers. Additionally, Travis rushed for 417 yards and 7 touchdowns. The dual-threat quarterback will present problems for even the best defenses in the nation, including Clemson’s.

While Florida State’s out of conference schedule is tough–they will play both LSU and Florida–their ACC schedule is relatively manageable. Because they do not play North Carolina or NC State, it seems Clemson will be the primary opponent standing between FSU and a ticket to the ACC championship game.

‎Gramlich and Mac Lain: Episode 284: NFL Draft Reaction ‼️ on Apple Podcasts (; podcast; Gramlich & Mac Lain)

Episode 284: NFL Draft Reaction ‼️

12-Team CFP Schedule (RX; HM)

12-Team CFP Schedule

Brett McMurphy tweeted this:

1st year of 12-team @CFBPlayoff in 2024:

1st round on campus sites: Fri., Dec 20 (1 game), Sat., Dec. 21 (3 games)

Quarterfinals at Sugar, Fiesta, Peach, Rose: Tues., Dec. 31 (1 game), Wed., Jan. 1, 2025 (3 games)

Semifinals at Orange, Cotton
Thurs. and/or Fri., Jan. 9-10,…
— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) April 27, 2023

Meaning the schedule for the 2024 College Football Playoffs will probably match up with the NFL schedule something like this:

2023 Undrafted 5-Stars (RX; HM)

2023 Undrafted 5-Stars

Every year there are a few "can't miss" 5-star recruits who... miss. They fail to get drafted into the NFL - at all.

Here are this year's disappointing 5-star recruits, from "2023 NFL Draft nine former five-stars that went undrafted"...

Those nine undrafted former five-stars came from the 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020 recruiting classes. Two were part of the 2020 class, one was from 2019, four were from 2018 and two came from 2017...

2020 Class

Eli Ricks, CB, LSU -> Alabama
Rakim Jarrett, WR, Maryland

2019 Class

Jadon Haselwood, WR, Oklahoma -> Arkansas

2018 Class

Brenton Cox, DE, Georgia -> Florida
B.J. Foster, S, Texas -> Sam Houston St
Palaie Gaoteote IV, LB, USC -> Ohio State
Taron Vincent, DL, Ohio State

2017 Class

Hunter Johnson, QB, Clemson -> Northwestern
Khalan Laborn, RB, Florida State -> Marshall


Links, News and Rumors 2023 May 1st (RX; HM)

Links, News and Rumors 2023 May 1st

CBS Sports points out that recruiting rankings are tracking better with NFL draft position in "2023 NFL Draft picks: Two-thirds of first-round selections rated 4-stars or higher as high school recruits":

2023 NFL Draft by recruiting ranking

  • 5 stars: 13
  • 4 stars: 8
  • 3 stars: 8
  • 2 stars: 0
  • 1 star: 0
  • Unranked: 2
The four ACC players selected in the first round were:
  • Calijah Kancey, Pittsburgh, 3-star
  • Zay Flowers, Boston College, 3-star
  • Myles Murphy, Clemson, 5-star
  • Bryan Bresee, Clemson, 5-star
and for those of you who are curious,
  • Jahmyr Gibbs, GT -> Alabama, 4-star
  • Jordan Addison, Pitt -> USC, 4-star

All Sports Discussion notes that the ACC improved slightly in terms of NFL draft production in "The ACC’s modest but noteworthy 2023 NFL Draft improvement mirrors season."

The ACC went from dismal 21 picks to a more respectable 32 picks in 2023.

BGB: Top 100 CBs (RX; HM)

BGB: Top 100 CBs

A few days ago, Big Game Boomer compiled a list of his picks for top 100 college cornerbacks:

Top 100 Greatest Cornerbacks Of The 21st Century
— Big Game Boomer (@BigGameBoomer) April 27, 2023

Here they are in a table, with ACC-related players highlighted:

1Patrick PetersonLSUSEC
2Jalen RamseyFSUACC
3Tyrann MathieuLSUSEC
4Aqib TalibKansasXII
5Derrick StraitOUXII
6Quentin JammerTexasXII
7Antrel RolleMiamiACC
8Carlos RogersAuburnSEC
9Aaron RossTexasXII
10Terence NewmanK-StateXII
11Darrelle RevisPittACC
12Coby BryandCinciXII
13Vernon HargreavesFloridaSEC
14DeAngelo HallVTACC
15Morris ClaiborneLSUSEC
16Sauce GardnerCinciXII
17Joe HadenFloridaSEC
18Jourdan LewisMichiganB1G
19Ifo Ekpre-OlomuOregonPac
20Kiewan RatliffFloridaSEC
21Patrick SurtainIIAlabamaSEC
22Nathan VasherTexasXII
23Dante HughesCalPac
24Desmond KingIowaB1G
25Tre'Vius H-TomlinsonTCUXII
26AmersonNC StateACC
27Adoree' JacksonUSCPac
28Malcolm JenkinsOhio StB1G
29Prince AmukamaraNebraskaB1G
30Antoine CasonArizonaPac
31Josh JacksonIowaB1G
32Adam JonesWVUXII
33Dee MillinerAlabamaSEC
34Lito SheppardFloridaSEC
35Roger McCrearyAuburnSEC

Why is ACC football so bad? (youtube; video; The Crowded Booth)

Join Bryce Koon and Ralph Leary as they break down the recent woes of the ACC. How can the conference improve? Simple...teams just need to be better.


Joey’s Italian Restaurant is sold: No change planned to food, but something big is coming (PS; Cazentre)

After 41 years, Joey DeCuffa has sold a majority stake in the restaurants that bear his name on Carrier Circle and have earned a reputation as among Central New York’s best for Italian dining.

The fine-dining Joey’s Classic Italian and its upstairs casual-menu sister operation, Pronto Joey’s, will be operated by Bill Cleary, a Cortland businessman. Cleary’s experience includes operating Pudgie’s pizza Five Guys burger shops in the Cortland area and working in commercial real estate.

The deal is closing today.

Both Joey’s are in a building at 6594 Thompson Road, near Exit 35 on the State Thruway.

Cleary said he will not change the food, which has always been Joey’s big attraction, and will keep Joey DeCuffa on as a consultant and Joey’s brother, Rick, as general manager. Joey DeCuffa remains a part owner.


People line up at the main gate at the New York State Fair in this August 31, 2019 photo.Michael Greenlar |

Hochul, lawmakers agree to raise New York State Fair ticket, parking prices (PS; $; Weiner)

The New York State Fair will double the price of its admission tickets and parking fees this summer as part of a state budget framework agreed to by Gov. Kathy Hochul and state lawmakers.

Hochul’s office told | The Post-Standard that lawmakers agreed to raise ticket prices to the pre-pandemic cost of $6 per adult, up from the $3 price that has been in effect since 2020.

Parking prices would increase under the budget from $5 to $10 per vehicle for the 2023 fair starting in August, the governor’s office said.

The State Fair also will increase fees charged to those who rent space for concessions and non-fair events by 1.5% this year.

Hochul recommended the price increases in her budget proposal, citing the need to ease the fair’s growing financial losses.

The State Fair is run from a special fund, separate from the state budget. The fair is supposed to generate enough revenue to cover its annual operating costs.

Hokie Mark

2nd String
Apr 15, 2013
If 'Cuse only has 75 football players on scholarship, what do you have to lose by offering 10 rising seniors in the Transfer Portal? Their spots will still be available next year if that's a concern, and who knows - they might play a key role in a game or two!?!


Living Legend
Aug 14, 2011
If 'Cuse only has 75 football players on scholarship, what do you have to lose by offering 10 rising seniors in the Transfer Portal? Their spots will still be available next year if that's a concern, and who knows - they might play a key role in a game or two!?!
I can give you $800,000 reasons why you don’t just waste 10 scholarships.

Hokie Mark

2nd String
Apr 15, 2013
I can give you $800,000 reasons why you don’t just waste 10 scholarships.
So don't waste them - make 'em count! (But seriously, there are still some very good players in the Portal)

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