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Get To Know Your Orange Man - #79 Kristofer Curtis

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Last year we counted down every SU football player from Chandler Jones (#99) to Phil Thomas (#1), as you can see here. Well both of those guys (and a few more in between) are gone and it's time to profile the entire 2012 Syracuse Orange football roster starting with the highest number and working out way down. Let's get to it...

Position: Offensive line

Year: Redshirt Freshman

Height: 6'3''

Weight: 291 pounds

Hometown: Fayetteville, GA

High School: Fayette County H.S.

2011 Stats: N/A

2012 Projections: Curtis is currently penciled in as the starting left tackle on the post-spring depth chart, but that is largely a formality due to Justin Pugh's injury. Assuming Pugh is ready to go by season's start, Curtis will likely find himself entrenched in a battle for one of the two open offensive line spots on the right side. Word is that the staff is high on Curtis, and he may be our starting right tackle when all is said and done, if he can beat out Lou Alexander and Sean Hickey for the job.

How'd He Get Here?: SU didn't have too much BCS competition for Curtis, with SEC squad Kentucky being the only other top conference team to offer. Memphis, Middle Tennessee State and Tulane also offered Curtis.

What Did Scout/Rivals Say?: Rivals awarded Kris 3-stars while Scout gave him the 2-star treatment.

Money Quote: On choosing Syracuse...

"It was the place for me, academic-wise. It's a quality Division I program that is on the uprise."

Links of Wonder: Here is an ESPN scouting report on Curtis. The full article requires Insider access, but the WWL seems pretty bullish on him.

What Doug Marrone Thinks: On the injuries that befell Curtis and other SU players early last summer.

"I don’t know if people really, truly understand how hard these young men work to put themselves in a position to compete," the coach said. "It’s very difficult on them."

Interesting Nugget O'Interest: Curtis came to SU looking to study engineering, which is something that a number of recruits during Marrone's tenure have attempted, but he's since switched to the iSchool.

Let Us Get a Good Look Atchya:

Kristofer Curtis 75.mpg (via FayetteFootball)