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Wither Thou Goest, Donovin?

If you had to build a football team from scratch and you could only use former Syracuse players who currently don't have a team, you wouldn't do half bad. First, you could pick up TeBecky Jones, he formerly of the Patriots. Then, you could take Donovin Darius who is (and this sounds a lot more impressive than it probably is) the best defensive player in the history of the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Donovin was released yesterday by the Jaguar after nine seasons there. Darius is coming off back-to-back seasons with big leg injuries and the Jaguars are looking to go younger, having taken Florida safety Reggie Nelson with their first-round pick in this year's draft as well as Wake Forest safety Josh Gattis in the fifth round.

Donovin finished his career in Jacksonville with 858 tackles, 14 interceptions, seven forced fumbles, six fumble recoveries and two sacks. He surpassed 100 tackles in a season six times and led the secondary in tackles in his first seven seasons with the Jaguars.

Donovin will probably land somewhere soon so take solace with that. It's disheartening that players like Jones and Darius are in the twilights of their careers. Not so much because they can no longer do what they once could, but because it means that guys who played at Cuse when I was there are getting too old, which means I'm getting old.

Hey, we all grieve differently.

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