Indeed, ACC membership has enhanced Tech athletics financially, competitively and academically. And while the Hokies’ non-revenue sports don’t approach the elite level enjoyed by league rivals such as Virginia, Duke, North Carolina and Florida State, they have improved exponentially.
Syracuse is one of just 12 programs that have had at least six players drafted over the last decade. Most of them have developed above-average players about half the time.
Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim has something of a different view. He's had his share of successful early entries -- Carmelo Anthony ring a bell? -- but he tries to keep the NBA out of the living room when he recruits.
Syracuse didn’t waver, but Carter-Williams played little as a freshman, buried on the depth chart behind Scoop Jardine, Brandon Triche, and Dion Waiters. However, Boeheim said, Carter-Williams never sulked. He studied.
10. Jerome Smith, RB, Syracuse (--): In his first year as the starter, Smith delivered admirably with 1,171 yards on 227 carries. The 220-pounder came on strong in the second half as well, posting five 100-yard efforts and all three touchdowns in the season’s final seven games.
First, Maryland’s stadium is runtish compared to the huge arenas in the Big Ten. Maryland can conceivably sell more tickets to see Ohio State than say Wake, but there’s a problem with this logic: they’re expecting Maryland fans to come out and see even worse beatings.
Carter-Williams's main strength on offense is his ability to pass. He's a fluid ball-handler with an explosive first step that can quickly get by defenders, while deploying an array of hesitation moves that can baffle opponents.
"He wasn't able to be as available this spring simply because he had some academic issues he had to work through," wide receivers coach Rob Moore said. "I believe he's resolved those issues.
3) Syracuse – Jerome Smith: Outlook: The Orange can claim a pretty strong duo themselves in seniors Jerome Smith (1,171 yards/3 TDs in 2012) and Prince-Tyson Gulley (830 yards/9 TDs in 2012), and with the QB spot unsettled, they'll give opponents a steady dose of the ground game.
So began White's quick ascension in the world of football. He is energetic and enthusiastic, dedicated and driven, and yes, he's really just 23 years old and already Syracuse's director of recruiting operations.
Kasim Hill slung his big blue and black duffel bag over his shoulder while exiting Syracuse's football wing. The Class of 2017 quarterback prospect had been camping at Syracuse the last two days, and he has been rewarded with his first scholarship offer from coach Scott Shafer.
ACC Atlantic: 1. Florida State, 2. Clemson, 3. Boston College, 4. N.C. State, 5. Maryland, 6. Syracuse, 7. Wake Forest
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