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Next up on your Orange-Man Orientation, #75, Zack Chibane.
Position: Offensive line
Weight: 298 pounds
Hometown: Paramus, NJ
High School: Paramus H.S.
2010 Stats: Chibby started all 13 games for the Orange after displacing senior Adam Rosner. He blocked for a 1,000-yard rusher and his offense converted on 34-of-40 (.850) chances in the red zone, so that bodes well.
2011 Projections: Zack is assured the chance to start every game the Orange play this year, as well. He's slated as the starting left guard for SU and I wouldn't expect that to change anytime soon.
How'd He Get Here?: Chibane originally committed to play for the USF Bulls. Thankfully, then-SU assistant Derrick Jackson made Chibane re-think his decision and he ended up switching to the Orange. He also had an offer from Temple, but they're Temple.
Money Quote: "I have always loved Syracuse University and throughout to recruiting process I thought that if they ever offered I would love to be a part of the program. Not only did Syracuse offer but with this great coaching and recruiting situation it's something I feel great about joining. Syracuse pretty much sells itself as an academic institution and after meeting with Coach Adkins and Coach Jackson in my school I knew the athletics would soon be top notch."
Links of Wonder: Here's Zack's Twitter page. He's pretty active so make sure you follow.
Doug Marrone Thinks: "He made great strides...You can see that with a lot of the freshmen who came in to play...Zach has been here for a while and I don’t look at him as a freshman coming in." Doug on Chibane last year when he made the jump from special teams player to offensive mainstay.
Doug Marrone Thinks, Part II: "We went over that and talked about individual players who has increased from week one to week two. You can see that in players on the field. I’m not going to point out which ones, but there was an increase in play. You look more toward the first start. I’ll give you one example, Zack Chibane came out the first game against Akron, his second start was against Washington and he made great strides." - Marrone uses Chibby as a reference to players who have improved.
Doug Marrone Thinks, Part III: "I go down to New Jersey and I do a clinic. Everyone knows my background in on the offensive line. One of the coaches at the clinic says, 'I saw you took this kid from Paramus High School. You know, I'm just going to tell you I think he's this. I think he's that.' And I said, 'I don't really care what you think.' This kid is a good football player. He's got leadership ability and he's an ex-wrestler. We all know what type of football players these ex-wrestlers are. He's someone who has a chance to compete early for us." - Marrone on Chibane when he recruited him.
Interesting Nugget O'Interest: Chibby was also team captain for the Paramus wrestling team and earned 2007 All-Bergen County honorable mention recognition after posting a 25-12 record and finishing third in the district.
Let Us Get A Good Look Atchya: Check out some footage of Chibane from his high school days here.