It's about that time. The return of the Get To Know Your Orange Man.
Name: Jay Bromley
Position: Defensive Tackle
Weight: 290 pounds
Hometown: Jamaica, N.Y.
High School: Flushing H.S.
2011 Stats: 18 Total Tackles (5.5 TFL), 1.5 sacks.
2012 Stats: Played in all 13 games, including 10 starts; made 39 tackles, including 16 solo; recorded 2.5 sacks for a total loss of 16 yards. (As you can see, production went up.)
2013 Projections: Considering Bromley is the lone returner on the defensive line and is suppose to replace the production of Deon Goggins, who last season compiled 53 tackles, including 26 solos, and a sack, expect near the same results.
With that said, really all Bromley needs to do is plug holes and allow SU's talented linebacking corps to do the dirty work.
How'd He Get Here?: From last season's breakdown:
Bromley was one of the early New York City-based recruits to commit to Marrone. Coming out of Flushing, Bromley was named to the New York Post All-City First Team (for which I bet the headline with the story was borderline vulgar). He was also named MVP of the Outback Steakhouse Empire Challenge and Co-MVP of the Phil's Phalafel Stand Classic (only one of those is real). For his high school career, Bromley racked up 40 sacks and 300 total tackles.
What'd Scout/Rivals Say?: From Sean's breakdown in 2011:
Bromley wasn't just lightly recruited, the scouting services barely even knew he existed. Scout didn't even give him one star and Rivals didn't have much to think of him either. Not too bad for a guy who might be about to become a three-year starter.
Money Quote: In April, Bromley was interviewed by ESPN's ACC Blog and talked about what it is like playing defensive tackle.
As far as playing defensive tackle, it’s a very physical position, but the defensive line is kind of a gritty position. Once you realize that and cope with that and learn to love it, it’s nothing to you. We have a lot of first-time starters, a lot of first-time people actually playing a lot of snaps beside myself, so just trying to help them ease into it and understand that this is going to be gritty: You might get your butt kicked once or twice in a game, but it’s about how you come back and make sure you give it to that person across from you every single snap so you can’t relax. That’s what it’s about.
Links of Wonder: There's Bromley the hard-nosed player and Bromley the hard-nosed teacher of football. Also, there's this beauty from a few years back about Bromley's sudden emergence after months flying under the radar in high school sets the tone for his story.
What Does Shafer Think: How about what does Bromley think of HCSS?
It’s been a transition, but one that’s been pretty smooth for the most part in that Coach Shafer is our leader now. We’re real familiar with him. He knows us as individuals. Some of the coaches we have to get to know on a personal level and on the field, but for the most part, Coach Shafer has made it a great transition. It’s been different because you have to learn a lot of new schemes and different terminology, but I think everybody is coming along pretty well. Everyone has learned a lot. Now we’re just focusing on the fundamentals, and making sure we shine everything up.
Interesting Nugget O'Interest: If the Syracuse defensive line is looking for experience, well, Bromley brings a lot of it. In his previous three seasons, the tackle has played in 37 of 38 possible games.
Let Us Get a Good Look Atchya: Lets go back to the 2012 Spring Game, which featured a big day from the big guy, and him speaking about his performance.