Thursday, December 23, 2010

Pinstripe Bowl Update

We are now standing 7 days and 3 hours away from kick-off at the Pinstripe Bowl. With the game fast approaching, Syracuse is having a little bit of trouble keeping their players on the field. News came down from the Hill yesterday that senior and starting defensive tackle Andrew Lewis and freshman linebacker Brice Hawkes have been suspended for a violation of team rules and will not be playing in the Pinstripe Bowl on December 30th.

Head Coach Doug Marrone did not offer a comment on the situation other than the fact that they will not be participating in the Bowl Game at Yankee Stadium. For Brice Hawkes, its disappointing to miss out on a great opportunity to play a post-season football game in his freshman year. For Andrew Lewis, does disappointing even begin to describe the situation?

Lewis is a senior and a two year starter out of Centreville, VA who first arrived on campus in 2006. Andrew endured losing seasons of 4-8 (redshirt), 2-10, 3-9 and 4-8 prior to this season's turnaround (7-5). In the three years he participated leading up to 2010, the team won a total of nine games. In his final season in an Orangemen uniform Syracuse has an opportunity to finish with eight wins, and Andrew Lewis will not be on the field to cap off the end of a memorable year in Syracuse Football.

We do not know why they are out, and its likely we won't ever learn the true reason. However, considering Max Suter (another senior and starter on the defense) is out rehabbing from shoulder surgery and senior Rob Long is battling brain tumors and also can not participate in the Pinstripe Bowl, its really upsetting that Andrew Lewis will not play due to something he can control.

Additionally, Syracuse lost the services of Malcolm Cater, freshman linebacker, when he was arrested for allegedly burglarizing apartments on South Campus earlier this month.

The Orangemen can not play this game fast enough. With players dropping seemingly like flies, Syracuse needs to take the field already before they lose anyone else!!

Filling in for Rob Long's punting duties will be sophomore Ryan Lichtenstein, who walked onto the team last season and won the starting field goal kicking job. As a senior at Gateway High School in Pennsylvania Lichtenstein was named Second-Team All-State Punter by the Pennsylvania Football News. In his senior season, he averaged close to 41 yards per punt and played in "extreme weather in Pittsburgh." So we've got that going for us. Walk-on quarterback sophomore James Jarrett will be the back-up punter on December 30th.

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