PLAYER: Louie Addazio
POSITION: Tight End
HOMETOWN: Gainesville, FL (That's where Less Than Jake is from!)
HIGH SCHOOL: Buchholz HS
2010 STATS: He was a January 2011 enrollee at Syracuse, so any 2010 stats that he would accumulate for the Orange would require some kind of time traveling device. As far as I know, he does not have any kind of relationship with Doctor Emmett Brown to make this happen.
His last year in high school was truncated due to a shouler injury. He played in two games and recorded an eight-yard touchdown catch. Glory days. . . .
As Addazio was limited this spring due to shoulder surgery, Lyons couldn't really grade him out all that well:
Louie Addazio: (Inc.) —Addazio looks the part, but he unfortunately had recent surgery which prevented him from taking part in contact drills during the spring. He's a big tight end who can catch well and from all accounts is very blocking oriented, so he should fit in well once healthy. It is unclear how much he'll play as a true freshman.
If Addazio isn't a redshirt candidate (this is assuming that Syracuse doesn't have to deal with injuries at an already thin — in terms of depth — position), he'll probably put in the bulk of his work this year on special teams. He's an option to block if Syracuse goes big, but I would think that the coaching staff would be careful with Addazio in 2011.
HOW'D HE GET HERE: Well, his Dad — Steve Addazio — coached at Syracuse before he jumped into the driver's seat of Florida's Bugatti Veyron and decided to just idle the engine instead of going 140 down the interstate.
Despite Louie's exposure to Florida football, though, it was almost like Louie would almost inevitably end up at Syracuse when the time came to pick a school. And that's exactly what happened:
"Louie’s always had a special place for Syracuse," said Steve Addazio, who was an assistant on coach Paul Pasqualoni’s staff from 1995-98, before leaving for Notre Dame. Louie was 7 when the family left Syracuse. Addazio left the Irish and spent several seasons at Indiana. In 2005, he was hired at Florida where he coached tight ends and the offensive before being named offensive coordinator for the 2009 season.
Steve Addazio said his son once told him, while they still lived in Syracuse, that he someday would play for the Orange. On Sunday, Louie told his parents that again.
"He said, ‘I want to be part of that Syracuse family,’" his father said.
When I was a kid I wanted to wrestle panda bears when I got older. Didn't happen. God bless your unshattered dreams, Louie.
WHAT DID SCOUT/RIVALS SAY?: Scout and Rivals each had Addazio with a two star rating. Scout was especially effusive about Addazio's use of his trunk space:
Has a quick burst off the line of scrimmage, keeps his butt low and legs shoulder-width apart and really drives with his lower body to blow defenders off the ball.
The kid's got a golden ass, I tell ya.
MONEY QUOTE: You could say it's general naivety, but the kid truly believes it what Marrone and Associates are doing up on The Hill:
"I went up to Syracuse and it was the tradition, coaches and toughness of the program that really set them aside," Addazio added. "I really buy into Coach Doug Marrone and the rest of the staff 100-percent because they’re holding people accountable and bringing that program back to where it needs to be and used to be right now. I think they are both awesome coaches and awesome people and I like that they’re hard on the players, but at the same time they give them the respect and love that they need out there. I just know I’m getting the total package from the coaching staff.
LINKS OF WONDER: When asked what kind of season Tim Tebow would have with Denver in his rookie campaign, Addazio provided this prediction:
"I believe he will start the second half of the season and go 5-3 as a starter."
Tebow started three games in 2010 and went 1-2. He did play in nine games, though, so cut the young Kreskin some slack.
WHAT DOES MARRONE THINK?: There aren't a lot of quotes out there from Marrone about Addazio. I'm just going to assume that Marrone very much looks forward to making Addazio run gassers until he pukes and pushes him in the weight room until he bench presses a Volkswagen.
INTERESTING NUGGET O' INTEREST: Spencer Hall wasn't the biggest fan of his father.
HIGH SCHOOL HIGHLIGHTS: If you spend money on those recruiting websites, this looks like your best bet.