Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Syracuse Football News and Notes

A quick look around the net finds many topics of conversation surrounding the Syracuse Football team, and for a change the majority of them are positive! Ryan Nassib is currently leading the Big East Conference with 8 TD passes. Nassib's 5 touchdown performance versus Maine earned him Big East Weekly Honor Roll status. Additionally, Mike Holmes earned himself Special Teams Player of the Week honors in the Big East.

Chandler Jones was also a member of the Big East Weekly Honor Roll. Jones finished the week with 7 tackles, 2 sacks and 2 forced fumbles. Chandler Jones has been an absolute BEAST on the defensive line for the Orangemen. Jones has 13 tackles so far this year through 3 games, 9 of them unassisted. The junior has a huge football frame, standing 6'5" tall, and at 250 pounds he is almost an immovable force on the d-line.

Another SU player making waves on the internet is Malcolm Cater. Many of you will remember his #4 jersey blowing by the Maine offensive line and delivering bone crushing hits on the QB. CNYCentral.com has a video feature on the true freshman today, and Orange Fizz has a quick write up discussing Cater's recruitment to the University. There is also interesting background information on his life growing up on Long Island. I recommend both links.

Some bad news came down on a former Syracuse football star today. Tanard Jackson of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers was suspended indefinitely by the NFL for a violation of the league's substance abuse policy. It is the second violation of the substance abuse policy for Jackson and this time it will cost him 1 year without pay.

Lastly, there is a little news out of Ann Arbor, Michigan that should have Syracuse fans everywhere smiling. Turns out that there's some upset fans calling for Greg Robinson's job as the Defensive Coordinator at Michigan. Linebacker Craig Roh of the Wolverines was quoted as saying "we just didn't look like we were prepared to play and we didn't make adjustments during the game." OHHHH REALLLLY? Greg Robinson failed to make adjustments? Who would ever guess that GROB would have his team unprepared? Who could imagine that he would come up empty when the time came to make half-time adjustments?

After Greg Robinson took the Michigan job I told my friends that there were now two teams I rooted for in college football. Syracuse, and whoever was playing Michigan. After giving up 37 points to UMASS I don't know how much longer the latter part of that sentence will apply.

Coming up tomorrow The Cuse Connection will have a preview of this week's game versus Colgate, which will take place in the Carrier Dome at 3:30pm Saturday. Get your tickets while you can!! Syracuse will be looking to push their record to 3-1 for the first time since 2003!

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