"Chauncey, he's got the body type," Shafer said. "He's got a big head, big hands, high hips. He's going to be a big kid someday. I like him because he's bright, got a good skill set, and I'm looking forward to seeing his physicality this spring, see if he can get that mindset to be a physical safety for us."
"It took me two days in practice (before) Canada to be like 'He's better than I thought he was''' McNamara said recently. "And I knew he was really good.''
Today's topics include Saturday's visit to the Carrier Dome by the North Carolina Tar Heels, Florida State's BCS title-game win over Auburn (and how it bodes well for the Orange) and baseball's 2014 Hall of Fame induction class.
The four teams ahead of Syracuse in the NCAA's latest RPI are Wisconsin, Kansas, Iowa State and UMass. Syracuse is 15-0 for the season and ranked No. 2 in the Associated Press' poll heading into Saturday's game against North Carolina at the Carrier Dome.
"He's figuring out where his shots will be,'' Autry said. "He's ready to take those shots. I was very happy to see some of the stuff we've been working on in practice carry over to a game situation.''
Our series comes to a close with a look at the special teams units, which saw significant improvement from the previous year and ended the season with fireworks.
Former Syracuse standout Marvin Harrison has been named a finalist to be inducted into the National Football League Hall of Fame's Class of 2014. Harrison played for the Orange from 1992-1995 before being drafted to the Indianapolis Colts, where he stayed for 13 seasons, retiring in 2008.
"Yesterday we worked on it," Williams said. "We’re going to work on it awfully hard today, too. I think it was time to work on it, for sure."
"They don’t have the players they want to play in the ACC. We’re the type of kids that they want and fit their system. So it’s good to know that he’s the first one we get. He’s going to help us so much more, [since], as everybody says, he was the most highly recruited person that we’ve brought in the last couple of years."
Before Syracuse’s football season fades completely away to be remembered only under the gauzy film of memory as a 7-6 team that won a bowl game, perhaps we should look at a couple things that bode well for the future.