Pictured: Jesse-Wolf Gould, but I'm not telling you which one is him.
Yep, it's that time again. Last year we counted down every SU football player from Chandler Jones (#99) to Phil Thomas (#1), as you can see here. Well both of those guys (and a few more in between) are gone and it's time to profile the entire 2012 Syracuse Orange football roster starting with the highest number and working out way down. Let's get to it...
Position:Offensive Line (Right Guard)
High School: Oneonta
2011 Stats: N/A
2012 Projections: Wolf-Gould is a walk-on who plays on the O-line, meaning if he's seeing the field, a lot of things have gone wrong. Still, injuries and zero roster depth mean, for right now anyway, the sophomore is one Ivan Foy injury away from starting.
How'd He Get Here: After turning down offers from USC, Oklahoma, and Notre Dame, Wolf-Gould walked into Doug Marrone's office and said, 'I'm playing football at Syracuse and I'm not accepting any scholarship, either!'
Of course, ask him and I'm sure Wolf-Gould would tell you he didn't garner any serious interest from other schools, so he decided on attending nearby SU with the goal of trying to walk on to the football team. Oh sure, it sounds believable, but you and I know the real story.
What did Scout/Rivals Say?: While it seems Scout at least heard of the kid from nearby Oneonta, Wolf-Gould didn't earn any stars from any of the recruiting services.
It's okay though. You know who else didn't have any stars associated with him coming out of school? Abraham Lincoln. I'm pretty sure Abe turned out pretty good, right? RIGHT?? Exactly.
@jdubbs1218: 'Taking my talents to Syracuse (pending acceptance) cheeeaaa son!'
Links Of Wonder: Last fall Syracuse Post Standard columnist Bud Poliquin took a look at the hard work done by the walk-ons. And while we all know the non-scholarship players aren't usually as talented as the players who earned scholarships, it is important to remember the walk-ons are still legit athletes.
What Does Marrone Think: Here's Coach telling Poliquin about his appreciation for what walk-ons like Wolf-Gould go through to be apart of the team:
'If I say I treat them the same as the scholarship guys, I retract that statement. I would have to say I treat the walk-ons better. I do appreciate what they do, probably more than the scholarship athletes.'
Interesting Nugget O'Interest: Wolf-Gould played in the second Empower New York State High School Football Classic at the Dome last June as a member of the Upstate team. Wolf-Gould probably really would have gotten a scholarship offer if Upstate hadn't been beaten 41 - 7 by Downstate.*
*Most likely not true
Let's Get A Good Look Atchya: Two things working against Wolf-Gould when it comes to the ole Highlight Department. He plays on the O Line and he's a walk-on. Let's just say there isn't a big market of videos for his like.
So, playing off of his last name (Because I'm not creative enough to do anything else here.), you can't go wrong with Teen Wolf highlights. I mean, you've got to win in the end, right!?