When Doug Hogue arrived on campus in the summer of 2007 he was rated the 31st best running back in the East by Scout.com, and 4th best prospect in the state of New York. At Roosevelt High School in Yonkers Doug Hogue played both running back and linebacker and was selected to participate in the New York/New Jersey All-Star Classic. In an injury shortened senior year Hogue rushed for 589 yards and 2 touchdowns and averaged 12.5 tackles per game. Clearly Doug was no stranger to the defensive side of the ball.
As a true freshman for then coach Greg Robinson Hogue played in 9 games, one of nine true freshman to play that season. With four starts under his belt that year, Hogue was the 2nd leading rusher on the team, finishing with 251 yards on 77 carries. His best game of the season came against Buffalo when Hogue filled in for an injured Curtis Brinkley. Doug Hogue rushed for 83 yards on 24 carries and his first career touchdown.
Doug's sophomore season didn't go as well as he would have liked, only starting in two games and playing in 11, running behind Curtis Brinkley and Antwon Bailey. In both starts Hogue had a combined seven carries for 15 yards. However, against Rutgers Doug Hogue scored on an 82-yard touchdown run, the longest in SU history since Bruce Yancy scored on an 83 yard rush in 1953. Hogue finished his sophomore season with just 35 rushing attempts for 232 yards and three touchdowns (2 rushing 1 receiving).
In 2009 there was a change on the Hill. Greg Robinson was finally relieved of his "duties" as head coach (although its hard to call what GROB was doing 'coaching'). In his place was former Syracuse Orangemen offensive linemen Doug Marrone. Marrone played at Syracuse between 1983-1985 under Dick MacPherson and came to SU from the New Orleans Saints of the NFL where he served as the Offensive Coordinator for Sean Payton.
One of Doug Marrone's first coaching decisions was moving Doug Hogue from the platoon at running back to the defensive side of the ball. Marrone felt the move would be the best thing for the football team and add much needed speed to the defense. In the summer of 2009 Doug Hogue was officially moved to outside linebacker next to another former running back, Derrell Smith.
In Hogue's junior year it did not take long for the move to pay off positively for the Orangemen. In his first career start at linebacker against Minnesota in the Dome, Hogue recorded four tackles. Two weeks later against Northwestern Hogue led the defense with 11 tackles, seven of them solo. A week later against South Florida, Hogue added another 5 tackles and his first career sack.
Towards the end of the season against Rutgers Hogue had seven tackles, 6.5 of them for a loss, which was a new Syracuse record, 1 forced fumble and 3.5 sacks. For his heroic efforts in the game Hogue was named the Walter Camp Football Foundation National Defensive Player of the Week. Hogue finished his junior season with 72 tackles, 49 of them solo, 9 sacks, 1 forced fumble and an interception. Doug Hogue averaged .79 sacks per game, which was 21st best in the nation and 2nd best in the big east. Doug was also first in the Big East with 1.33 tackles for a loss per game, 20th best in the nation.
This brings us to 2010, Doug Hogue's senior season. Hogue kicked his senior season off in style with 5 tackles, a sack, and a blocked field goal attempt on the road in Akron. Last week against Pittsburgh Doug Hogue had a team high 12 tackles, 1.5 for a loss.
And then Syracuse traveled to West Virginia. In a game for the ages, Syracuse's defense shut down the high flying Mountaineer offense, holding on for a monumental 19-14 victory. Dominating on the defensive side of the ball was none other than Doug Hogue, the running back turned linebacker by Doug Marrone. Hogue finished the day with 10 tackles, 8 of them solo, two interceptions, half a sack and knocked down a passing attempt. This performance earned Doug Hogue his second Walter Camp Football Foundation National Defensive Player of the Week award, and gave Syracuse a 5-2 overall record, 2-1 in the Big East. Hogue was also named the Big East Defensive Player of the Week, although that should come as no surprise.
With five games left in the regular season, Syracuse will continue to rely heavily on Doug Hogue to help earn the team their first trip to a bowl game since the 2004 season. Syracuse needs just two more wins to become bowl eligible.
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