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Syracuse Football: Caleb Okechukwu road to recovery & why we love him (itlh; Fiello)

On May 2, Syracuse Athletics held the 17th annual ‘Cuse Awards, honoring student-athletes who play for Syracuse football and other Orange sports. Players received awards based on their on and off-the-field accomplishments.

This year, the Syracuse 8 Courage Award winner was Syracuse football defensive lineman Caleb Okechukwu. The Syracuse 8 were nine African American players who, in 1970, boycotted spring practice under the grounds of what a committee later ruled as institutional racism and after pressure from the boycott and then-Syracuse Mayor Lee Alexander threatening to cancel the home opener, changes were made. For more information, you can read about it here.

As Caleb was named the person receiving this honor, there was a video played about why he was chosen. Myself and many Syracuse football fans watched, as we were unaware of the struggles Caleb faced just trying to get on the field and not be medically disqualified.

In inspirational story of overcoming challenges, we could not be more proud that he represents the Orange. Congrats to our Syracuse 8 Courage Award winner, Caleb Okechukwu.
— Syracuse Athletics (@Cuse) May 3, 2023

It turns out that Caleb was diagnosed with a rare condition called Rhabdomyolysis. According to the video and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it’s a serious medical condition that “occurs when damaged muscle tissue releases its proteins and electrolytes into the blood.” This can lead to heart or kidney issues and, eventually, led to Caleb’s hospitalization.

(youtube; video; ACC DN)

Syracuse Football: 3 Things To Know Post Spring (SI; McAllister)

Syracuse football recently extended a scholarship offer to class of 2025 defensive back Deshawn Stewart out of DePaul Catholic in New Jersey.

"Coach Camp (Nunzio Campanile) came out and saw me running one on ones against the best of the best in the state, Dez Jones and Elijah Burress," Stewart said. "After, when the team was eating breakfast, we talked a little bit and he said to me, 'we will like to offer you a scholarship.' He then told me he wants to get me up to the campus too. I really like coach Camp too being that his brother is my head coach.

"I was very surprised. I thought I was going to receive it a little bit later in the year, but no. I got it today. I really think I stood out today with my preps and that's what put the icing on the top including my great sophomore film."

Previously, the 6-2 DB says he spoke with coach Campanile approximately two or three months ago, but it just to exchange numbers and provide Syracuse with measurables. Stewart is still learning about the Orange.

"I don't really know anything yet, but I really look forward to getting to know about the education they have to offer," Steward said. "Also meeting the coaching staff, especially the defensive backs coach."

Syracuse football: Garrett Shrader and Oronde Gadsden listed as top 10 returning players at their position by PFF (TNIAAM; Chiappone)

With the departure of some notable names in the 2023 NFL Draft, the Syracuse Orange football team plans to count on its veteran, playmaking quarterback-receiver pairing to shine for a second straight season. But can the Orange count on a repeat of the 2022 production from Garrett Shrader and Oronde Gadsden II during the 2023 season?

On paper, the duo ranks as some of the best returning offensive talent in the country. In fact, Syracuse is one of a select group of programs returning both a top-10 quarterback and receiver according to Pro Football Focus.

PFF currently ranks Schrader as the 10th-best returning quarterback in the nation (3rd in the ACC behind Florida State’s Jordan Travis and North Carolina’s Drake Maye) and Gadsden as the eighth-best wide receiver overall. Syracuse joins the Florida State Seminoles and the Oregon Ducks as the only three programs returning a top-10 QB-WR duo for next season.

Highest graded returning Quarterbacks
— PFF College (@PFF_College) May 2, 2023

Especially given the roster turnover over this offseason, getting both Shrader and Gadsden back for the 2023 season gives the Orange a solid floor on offense especially following impressive leaps in production, role, and impact from the 2021 season to this past year.


Jim Dedmon USA Today Sports (; Churchill)

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers got one of the better UDFA guys after the draft, and one analyst thinks he has a chance to make the 53-man roster.

The Buccaneers running back room doesn't look quite as good as it has the past few years, especially after Leonard Fournette is no longer on the team, which could signify that the fourth spot may be up for grabs. What does that mean though?

According to A to Z Sports' Evan Winter, the Bucs running backs on the 53-man roster could be Rachaad White, Chase Edmonds, and Ke'Shawn Vaughn. Of course, while that is just a projection, there will likely be one more spot available for a running back on the 53-man roster.

That is where the UDFA guys come in, and at the running back position, the Buccaneers signed two of them to contracts. Ronnie Brown, the running back from Shepard, and Sean Tucker, the running
back from Syracuse, could be one of the guys to make the roster.

Every Reason Why I Am Furious With The State Of The Syracuse Football Program (youtube; podcast; Locked on Syracuse)

On your Tuesday episode of Locked On Syracuse, Owen Valentine responds to the idea that he is too negative with regards to Syracuse Football. A look at everything that has gone wrong since the end of the regular season - coaching exits, huge net losses on the roster + lack of recruiting answers.

ACC News

ACC QB Rankings 2023: Jordan Travis, Drake Maye Pace the Race As Top ACC Quarterbacks | College Football Network (CF Network; Mellor)

It’s a new day in the ACC and the leader in the clubhouse remains Jordan Travis. While the Florida State QB is set to duke it out with North Carolina QB Drake Maye for conference and national supremacy, the fact remains: The ACC has arguably the best top two quarterbacks of any other conference in America.

The second iteration of our 2023 ACC QB Rankings is here.

2023 ACC QB Rankings

As with the remaining conference rankings and our national quarterback evaluations, the ACC rankings below consider everything involved with quarterbacking at the major college football level.

While statistics will be mentioned, they were not the lone deciding factor in ranking the athletes. The list below prefers programs with a solidified quarterback situation and one signal-caller who has played significant work against top-tier competition. The system looks down upon schools with question marks still at the quarterback position, especially as the summer has come.

Other factors in these rankings include but are not limited to game film, injury history, play-calling, offensive system knowledge and continuity, general quarterbacking mechanics, level of competition, the elevation of supporting casts, and several other influential factors.

1) Jordan Travis | Florida State

During the spring campaign, Jordan Travis did nothing but cement himself further as the leader of the pack in the ACC. While a lot changed over the course of the spring-to-summer transition, Florida State’s core remains intact and Travis leads the Seminoles into fall with the best odds to win the ACC in 2023.

As mentioned, few things changed in Tallahassee and Travis’ writeup from our first iteration remains true:

As sensational as they come, Jordan Travis is the epitome of hard work paying off. The pinnacle of persistence. After five seasons in the ACC, Travis is the top quarterback in the conference entering the fall of 2023.

Travis’ name pops off the charts as arguably the top returning dual-threat quarterback in the nation just weeks removed after dazzling with his legs against Oklahoma in the Cheez-It Bowl. Yet, the development of Travis’ downfield passing ability is the reason he leads the ACC in 2023.

Travis excelled on deep passes in 2022, tossing 20 touchdowns on throws targeted 10 or more yards past the line of scrimmage. His accuracy was on display at every level, but none more so than when he showcased his power on driven passes outside the hashes or when layering throws perfectly over tight coverage.

The Seminoles are never out of a game, never out of a drive, and never out of a play as long as Travis is behind center. He dazzles with his magical pocket feel and maneuverability, maintaining vision downfield, and his ability to find open passing lanes through middle-of-the-field congestion is inspiring.

When Travis does take off, few have the skills he has in the open field, and not just at quarterback, but perhaps among even the nation’s most elusive running backs. As talented a passer and athlete you can find, Travis is the top quarterback for more than just one reason in 2023.

2) Drake Maye | North Carolina

The terrific freshman wowed for the Tar Heels last season, as Drake Maye threw for 4,321 yards and 38 touchdowns. Ultimately, the season ended on a sour note, but the fact remains for Maye: He’s a valuable talent and one of the nation’s frontrunners for the Heisman Trophy this fall.

Maye has terrific arm strength and an off-platform ability that draws comparisons to some of the best pocket magicians of our time.

He can hit receivers from various arm angles and does so to the best of his availability, meaning he understands the game at a level much higher than his age would indicate.

He’s a crafty thrower who did decline a touch as the season went along, namely against Georgia Tech and NC State, but he gives UNC an identity to be proud of entering 2023.

3) Riley Leonard | Duke

You may not have heard too much about Riley Leonard in 2022 but that won’t happen in 2023. Leonard is as deceiving of an athlete as you’ll find, and he won the hearts of Blue Devils fans in 2022 and crushed those who opposed Duke simultaneously.

Leonard accumulated 33 total touchdowns, including 13 rushing scores, when it was all said and done.

The Duke passing attack asked very little of Leonard in terms of downfield throwing, but when given the opportunity to set his feet and throw, he did not disappoint. There is a certain layering to Leonard’s passes that is among the best in the country, as they just seem to find their targets just out of reach of the defenders.

Duke will never be out of it with Leonard at quarterback if a play breaks down. He gives the Blue Devils a chance at every turn.

4) Cade Klubnik | Clemson

The fabulous true freshman gave Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney no choice by year’s end, as Cade Klubnik forced his way into the lineup over DJ Uiagalelei. Now his team to lead, Klubnik is the man to defend the Tigers’ ACC Championship in 2023.

Since taking over, Uiagalelei has transferred to Oregon State and Billy Wiles has transferred to Southern Miss. It’s Klubnik’s show at Clemson and he’ll usher in a new era of quarterback for the Tigers this fall.

With just one start under his belt and only two games of full-time action, it’s clear that Klubnik is indeed the future for Clemson. He has a power to his throw that not many possess. As his high school tape indicated, Klubnik is also a dominant athlete, and he uses his athleticism to buy time as he scans downfield.

He can hit anywhere on the field with the flick of a wrist and will be one of the most influential players at the position over the next few seasons.

5) Garrett Shrader | Syracuse

A terrific dual-threat athlete, Garrett Shrader has come a long way since his helicoptering run for Mississippi State in 2019. After finally finding his footing with the Orange in 2021, Shrader exploded to new heights as a passer and a runner in 2022.

Shrader has run for over 1,200 yards over the past two seasons and scored 23 touchdowns on the ground, yet his most impressive feats have been with his right arm through the air.

He threw for 2,640 yards and 17 touchdowns in 2022, showcasing his ability to read defenses on the fly and that he can rely on his passing ability to excel. He’s a terrific asset to the Orange, as he simply makes this offense go.

Clemson pushing for new revenue model as ACC spring meetings loom. Here’s why (; Fowler)

To some supporters, it’s “weighted distribution.” To the league, it’s an “alternative” revenue distribution model. To most dissenters, it is what it is on its face: “Unequal.”

Quibbles about names aside, this much is clear: When the ACC’s athletic directors, football coaches and basketball coaches convene in Florida next week for spring meetings, they’re not going to just glaze over the topic with commissioner Jim Phillips.

“That’ll be a big topic with a lot of prep work leading into it,” Clemson athletic director Graham Neff said. “I expect that we’ll take a lot of time on it.”

And that will happen with Neff as a key spokesman.

As the ACC faces the reality of realignment and growing financial gaps with other conferences, Neff, Clemson’s second-year athletic director, has emerged as one of the top proponents of a new model that would dramatically overhaul its revenue distribution structure.

The ACC currently distributes annual league-wide profits equally among its 14 member schools, with Notre Dame, a full-time member in every sport but football, getting a reduced share.

Josh Pate On Biggest ACC Questions & Focus In 2023 (Late Kick Cut) (youtube; video; Josh Pate)

ACC Football is drawing ever closer as College Football's 2023 season is on the horizon, and on Late Kick Live Ep 385 Josh Pate took a look at the conference overall with some questions and several areas of focus. How will Clemson's offensive overhaul pan out? Will Mike Norvell and FSU follow through on their status as one of the prime contenders for the ACC title and possibly more? What should we expect from Miami?

2023 ACC Football Team Win Totals Predictions Revealed; How Much Pressure Is On Florida State? (; podcast; Locked on the ACC)

The top team in the ACC headed into next season isn't Clemson Football, which hasn't been the storyline for several years. How can Mike Norvell and the Florida State Seminoles change the narrative in becoming the best team in the ACC? Draft Kings has predicted them to win 10 games, but will they win more? Will it fall on Jordan Travis? Which ACC Teams have the least expectations headed into next year?

Returning 2023 Productivity (RX; HM)

Returning 2023 Productivity

From Clemsonwire.USAToday, here are 2023 ACC football teams ranked by returning production...

Total Returning ProductionOverallOffenseDefense
Florida State Seminoles#1 (87%)80% (No. 12)94% (No. 2)
Boston College Eagles#8 (78%)78% (No. 17)79% (No. 13)
Syracuse Orange#24 (73%)73% (No. 39)72% (No. 33)
Duke Blue Devils#33 (71%)82% (No. 9)60% (No. 73)
Miami Hurricanes#35 (70%)62% (No. 82)77% (No. 18)
Clemson Tigers#36 (69%)64% (No. 73)75% (No. 23)
Virginia Tech Hokies#38 (69%)73% (No. 41)65% (No. 59)
North Carolina Tar Heels#43 (68%)69% (No. 53)68% (No. 47)
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets#47 (67%)69% (No. 55)66% (No. 54)
NC State Wolfpack#98 (56%)62% (No. 77)49% (No. 104)
Louisville Cardinals#99 (56%)61% (No. 85)50% (No. 100)
Wake Forest Demon Deacons#112 (52%)46% (No. 117)59% (No. 75)
Virginia Cavaliers#116 (52%)40% (No. 123)64% (No. 63)
Pittsburgh Panthers#119 (51%)52% (No. 106)49% (No. 106)


CBS: 2023 CFP Dark Horse Teams (RX; HM)

CBS: 2023 CFP Dark Horse Teams

CFP Front-runners are pretty much the same every year: Alabama, Georgia, Ohio State, Michigan, toss-in Clemson and/or Florida State, maybe Oklahoma and/or USC... but what about the dark horse teams?

From CBS Sports:

College Football Playoff dark horse contenders

Here's the list, along with ACC-related comments...

ACC: NC State (250-1)
NC State earned a spot on this list last season for being among the national leaders in returning production. After quarterback Devin Leary went down with an injury, however, the Wolfpack lost four of their last seven games. They rank among the lowest teams in returning production entering this season, but a shrewd set of offensive decisions by coach Dave Doeren just might push NC State back into contention.
Two years ago, quarterback Brennan Armstrong led the nation with 4,449 yards and 31 touchdowns while playing for coordinator Robert Anae at Virginia. Now, the pair reunites in Raleigh with a chance to revitalize the NC State offense. Doeren's defenses have ranked top 25 nationally each of the past two seasons, so Armstrong and the Wolfpack offense holding up their end of the bargain could push NC State into contention.

Other Conferences:

Big Ten: Wisconsin (60-1)
Big 12: Texas Tech (125-1)
Pac-12: Oregon State (50-1)
SEC: Auburn (100-1)

Longshots looking to follow TCU's footsteps

Colorado (200-1)
Iowa State (200-1)
UTSA (500-1)

TV Advertisements, 2018-vs-2023 (RX; HM)

TV Advertisements, 2018-vs-2023

No, it's not just your imagination.

From TVRev: Primetime Ad Minutes Keep Climbing For Top TV Networks minutes are up significantly for the Big Four networks and ESPN, both year-over-year and compared to 2018.
The chart below looks at those five networks (ABC, CBS, FOX, ESPN, NBC) by yearly primetime TV ad minutes.
    • ABC: 1.4% fewer ad minutes in 2023 vs. 2018, 0.2% fewer YoY
    • CBS: 3.8% more ad minutes in 2023 vs. 2018, 2.3% more YoY
    • ESPN: 3.1% more ad minutes in 2023 vs. 2018, 2.5% more YoY
    • FOX: 10.6% more ad minutes in 2023 vs. 2018, 5.7% more YoY
    • NBC: 9.5% more ad minutes in 2023 vs. 2018, 9.8% more YoY

ABC’s been the most consistent over time in terms of ad minutes, avoiding any noticeable increases

First of all, thank goodness ACC sports are on ABC (down 1.4% since 2018, 0.2% since last year) and ESPN (up, but only 3.1% since 2018, 2.5% since last year). NBC and Fox - both of whom must find a way to pay for that Big Ten contract, as well as other programming - had the biggest increases.



The Bacon Grilled Cheeseburger from Ale 'n Angus in Syracuse won the The New York Beef Council's Best Burger competition finals at OCC on Monday afternoon. (Charlie Miller |

With 7th ‘best burger’ win, CNY pub makes Syracuse the unofficial burger capital of NY (PS; Miller)

The Anchor Bar and Duff’s put Buffalo on the map for their chicken wings, and Nick Tahou’s in Rochester is the birthplace of the garbage plate. So is it possible that one restaurant in downtown Syracuse could make us known as the burger capital of New York?

Ale ‘n Angus won the best burger in New York competition by the state Beef Council yet again on Monday afternoon. This is the seventh time the restaurant located across the street from the War Memorial has won this award. The father-and-son team of Randy and Matt Beach were the reigning champs heading into Monday’s final four cookoff, and they were the final presenter.

“You want to either go first or go last,” Matt Beach said. “If you go first, you’re setting the bar, and hopefully it’s high enough that everyone else doesn’t reach it. If you go last, you can leave a good lasting impression. I was lucky to do that today.”

His entry, the Bacon Grilled Cheeseburger, has been a featured special at Ale ‘n Angus throughout the monthlong contest. Starting today, it will make the permanent menu.

The annual contest opened April 1, with the public nominating their favorite burger, followed by voting to pick the top 10 from among the 30 nominees. Four Central New York restaurants were among the top 10 that moved on. The final four were the top vote-getters in a second round of public voting. More than 20,000 people cast votes in the contest that catapulted four restaurants to the final cookoff.

Live Nation $25 concert tickets: Which Upstate NY shows are part of sale? (PS; Herbert)

It’s time for Concert Week.

Live Nation is offering $25 all-in tickets to more than 3,800 concerts across North America as part of its annual sale known as “Concert Week.” That includes more than 75 shows at Upstate New York venues like the Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC), Darien Lake Amphitheater, the KeyBank Center in Buffalo, the JMA Wireless Dome in Syracuse, and the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts.

A limited number of $25 tickets to those shows will be available at starting Wednesday, May 10, at 10 a.m. ET through Thursday, May 16, at 11:59 p.m., or while supplies last. The $25 prices are “all-in,” meaning all fees are included; taxes will still be applied where applicable.

When the sale begins, fans can search by event, venue or artist and look for ticket types labeled “Concert Week Promotion.”

Presale tickets began Tuesday morning for Verizon and Rakuten customers at

But not all concerts will be part of the sale, such as those that sold out or are near sellouts. For example, at the Artpark Main Stage Amphitheater in Lewiston, N.Y., only three of eight shows are currently being offered as part of the Concert Week promotion.

At the St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater at Lakeview in Syracuse, eighteen of 22 shows are available. St. Joe’s Amp concerts not part of the sale include Chris Stapleton (June 8), Shania Twain (July 8), Phish (July 23) and Noah Kahan (Sept. 1).

See the full list of Upstate New York concerts that are part of the Live Nation $25 All-In Concert Week sale:

Artpark - Lewiston, N.Y.

  • June 16: Ben Folds
  • Aug. 5: Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit
  • Aug. 17: Parker McCollum
Bethel Woods Center for the Arts - Bethel, N.Y.
  • June 29: James Taylor
  • July 1: Robert Plant & Alison Krauss
  • July 2: Steve Miller Band with Joe Satriani
  • July 5: Tears for Fears
  • July 7: Big Time Rush
  • July 9: Counting Crows with Dashboard Confessional
  • July 14: Jason Aldean
  • July 22: Boy George & Culture Club
  • July 28: Dierks Bentley
  • July 29: Outlaw Music Festival feat. Willie Nelson, Nathaniel Rateliff
  • July 30: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in Concert with NJ Symphony
  • Aug. 3: The Chicks
  • Aug. 6: Goo Goo Dolls
  • Aug. 12: Zac Brown Band
  • Aug. 24: Sam Hunt
  • Sept. 1: Rod Stewart with Cheap Trick

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