We're counting down every SU football player, two a day. Next up on your Orange-Man Orientation, #51 Eric Crume.
Name: Eric Armani Crume
Position: Nose tackle
Weight: 332 pounds
Hometown: Detroit, MI
High School: Detroit Central
2011 Stats: Crume played in six games, garnering six tackles, four unassisted. The Tulane game was his best one, nabbing a career-high three tackles. He ended up missing the last two games of the season due to "lower body injury."
2012 Projections: Crume should see his playing time increase this season, though he's not in the starting spot just yet. Cory Boatman still has lockdown on the starting nose tackle position, though we've got all fall to sort that out. Given his size the apparent battle going on between the two, expect to see Crume get some playing time almost every game.
How'd He Get Here?: After a career that included 191 tackles, 33 sacks, one interception and 13 forced fumbles, Crume had some interest from a few Big Ten schools but went with Syracuse, where he liked "the direction of the program." Credit Tyrone Wheatley with getting the fellow Michigan man to head East.
Money Quote: "The coaches made me feel really welcome. I think they can give me the tools to be successful on and off the field...There’s a rare chance that anyone’s gonna make it pro in any sport. You gotta get your degree in order to be successful in life." - via the Fizz
Links of Wonder: Crume is on Twitter, where he says he's "a man on a mission for success ima keep grinding til I reach greatness," which is, you know, fair enough.
Doug Marrone Thinks: When asked whether or not Crume would see more playing time back in November, Marrone said..."Cory’s played better, but I’d like to see (freshman nose tackle) Eric Crume in those games especially in certain situations. But it’s getting to the point where we’re doing everything we can to play and win. That’s not to say that we can’t win with Crume because I really think that Eric’s going to be a heck-of-a-player for this team. We just need to keep him going, and it’s not anything that he’s doing that’s the reason why he’s not playing."
Interesting Nugget O'Interest: He's the son of Eric Crume Jr., so I guess that technically makes him Eric Armani Crume III, which I enjoy saying immensely.
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