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Next up on your Orange-Man Orientation: #80, Nick Provo.
Position: Tight End
Year: Fifth-year senior
Weight: 246 pounds
Hometown: West Palm Beach, FL
High School: John I. Leonard
2010 Stats: Provo had 33 receptions in 2010, good for fifth overall. He also accrued 365 receiving yards, good for fourth on the team. Nick also scored one touchdown, against Maine. His 32 catches rank second on SU’s single season receptions by a tight end list.
2011 Projections: Provo is the undisputed top choice at tight end for the Orange and you should expect his numbers to reflect that. In his spring game recap, Dan said there's a chance Provo could end up leading the Orange in receptions, which makes sense given the way Nassib will have to spread things out among the WRs. Of course, Provo is injury-prone and if he does go down, David Stevens will be more than happy to step in and replace him. Let's hope he does stay healthy because he also brings a lot more to the table than just catches.
How He Got Here: Provo put up some solid numbers in high school, earning himself a spot on the SuperPrep Dixie Region Team. He was also named third-team all-state and first-team all-county. He led all receivers in Palm Beach County with 39 receptions for 756 yards and eight touchdowns as a senior. Despite some overtures from Miami and an offer from USF, Provo committed to Syracuse early on.
Scouts/Rivals Said That: Provo received three-stars from Rivals and Scout. He was rated the 52nd-best TE by Scout that year.
Money Quote: "It felt good. I like helping the team win and I hope there are more to come in the future. I plan on making plays for the team that will help us win games." - Nick after scoring the first touchdown of his career.
Links of Wonder: Here's Nick talking about what it was like to miss so much time in 2010 with injuries and how excited he was for the new season.
What Doug Marrone Thinks: "He's had a tremendous off season for us...He can do a lot of things on the field. Obviously, it gives us someone that can move, who is a little stronger player at the point." - Marrone in 2009.
Let Us Get A Good Look Atchya: Syracuse.com had a bunch of interviews with Provo but they all seem to be down. So here's some footage of the offense during the Pinstripe Bowl. Nick's in there.