Randy McKinnon during 2009 Spring Practice. Via Syracuse.com
It's been way too long since a player left the Syracuse football program. Which usually means its coming soon...and so it has. Freshman Torian Phillips has left the team and will transfer to Wagner. To be fair, this one sounds like it's for very good reasons.
"Syracuse, it was great up there," Phillips told The Advance. "It was a good experience being away from home and being on my own for awhile. Everything was pretty good. I got some playing time as a true freshman and it made me feel welcome.
"My grandmother’s pretty sick and my stepfather too. I wanted to make sure I was closer to home so I could be there for them."
Torian played in six games for the Orange and recorded one tackle as a DB. He also saw some action as a wide receiver. Wishing him and his family well.
Meanwhile it sounds like SS Randy McKinnon will also be transferring. SyracuseFan.com says that he's interested in moving to SMU, Oregon State, Northwestern or another program to play one more year and take graduate classes. McKinnon's started three games for the Orange in 2008 but saw his PT drop off in 2009.
The revolving door always seems to be letting players out so it's also nice to see news today that there's some newbies getting comfy for the long haul. Spring semester classes are starting up and seven scholarship SU football players will be enrolled. DE Max Beaulieu, TE Jose Cruz, S Orlando Fisher, OT Michael Hay, ATH Brice Hawkes and MLB Marquis Spruill are getting a head start on things. Walk-on QB Nick Raven will also be joining SU this spring.
Get comfy, gentlemen. We're going to need you. Soon.