Of the players on the roster, I look for Smith to take over for Bailey as the primary asset in the SU backfield. I was encouraged by his performance in last season’s finale at Pittsburgh (10 carries for 56 yards) but overall was more impressed by his running style – one cut and hit the hole hard. It is a style I believe head coach Doug Marrone prefers to backs who do too much dancing as they approach the line of scrimmage. Bailey and Delone Carter were mostly one-cut runners who enjoyed 1,000-yard seasons under Marrone.
Syracuse University had 212 student-athletes earn spots on the Big East's 2011-12 All-Academic teams. The Syracuse squad with the most players on the All-Academic team was the women's cross country/track and field team with 27. The women's rowing team placed 25 athletes on the list. The men's lacrosse team was represented by 23 members.
Former Syracuse University football middle linebacker Derrell Smith opened training camp today with the Houston Texans, a team he signed a free-agent contract with in January.
For the second straight summer, Quentin Hillsman is serving on the coaching staff of the Netherlands' Under-18 women's national team as it competes in the FIBA U-18 European Championship in Bucharest, Romania, according to a report from SU. The tournament lasts from July 26-Aug. 5.
Syracuse LT target Alex Officer is the best O-lineman in New York State. What was a quiet early recruiting period for the Eastridge HS (Rochester) tackle has quickly developed into a bidding war among Division I schools.
Smith has a nice jump start to move into the #1 spot. He was Bailey's backup last season. He had a nice game vs Pittsburgh in the 2011 season finale with 56 yards on 10 carries overall, including a 10-yard TD run. The guy loves contact and can set a strong "get out of my way or this is gonna hurt" kind of tone running the ball.
Ryan Nassib and his mint green pencil discuss the upcoming Syracuse football season: