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Syracuse Daily Links - A.J. Long Surpassing Expectations, Sean Hickey Bulking Up

The freshman quarterback is backing up his boastful nature by being "a little bit ahead" of where coaches expected him to be by now. Meanwhile, SU's top offensive lineman is hitting the weight room.

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Syracuse football freshman A.J. Long is 'a little bit ahead' of where QBs coach expected him to be |

"He was a little bit ahead of where I thought," said Lester, the team's quarterbacks coach. "It will be interesting to see for him what he's like as we give him more stuff."

Strong man Sean Hickey anchors Syracuse Orange offensive line - ESPN

Syracuse OT Sean Hickey, who returned for his senior season instead of leaving early for the NFL draft, has started strong -- literally -- after spending the offseason in the weight room.

Perimeter blocking will be essential skill for wide receivers in Syracuse football offense |

"If we can't block on the perimeter, it cuts our offense in half," McDonald said. "So I think the guys are buying into it and blocking for each other because they know if I block for you, you're going to block for me on the next play, and everybody is going to be able to touch the ball and make plays."

Kicker/punter Jakubowski prepares to compete as freshman this fall | The Daily Orange

"My high school needed a kicker senior year, so I went in and did all three kicks and loved every minute of it," Jakubowski said. "I always thought it would be great to compete in college and now I have that opportunity. I obviously want to try and get on the field right away."

Spring Forward: Syracuse Shines for 3-Star Recruit Daiquan Kelly following Spring Game : Orange Fizz

Hopefully, Kelly is a sign of the type of caliber of recruits the Orange will see over the next few months.

Year in Sports: Canadian crossing: 4 Syracuse players continue path from Ontario to Orange soccer | The Daily Orange

It’s a joke on the Syracuse men’s soccer team that the Canadian players have their own section of the Manley Field House locker room.

Former Syracuse center Etan Thomas plays basketball with President Obama at annual Easter Egg Roll |

The former Orange star and nine-year NBA veteran played basketball with President Obama at the Easter Egg Roll on Monday, held annually at the White House.

Tyler Lydon: Syracuse's Class of 2015 basketball forward can shoot, drive, rebound |

Lydon is long and lean. He possesses a bouncy athleticism and a non-stop motor. He runs the floor with speedy determination. His shooting range extends deep beyond the 3-point line. And he can get past defenders to reach the rim.

Syracuse-Duke rivalry already key part of ACC basketball (7 thoughts on schedule) |

Things look fairly good for Virginia again this year. While Louisville replaces Maryland as one of the Cavaliers' permanent partners, Virginia also gets to see N.C. State, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest twice. That sure beats a scenario where a team gets home-and-homes with North Carolina and Syracuse (Duke), Duke and Louisville (North Carolina), Duke and Pittsburgh (Syracuse) or Louisville and Syracuse (Pittsburgh, which will face that combo twice every season).

Jim Boeheim might be the only one displeased with seeing 'Duke' twice on the schedule ('Bud & Brent') |

Next season, like the one recently completed, will feature Duke-at-Syracuse and Syracuse-at-Duke. And if that's one more meeting than Boeheim would prefer … well, as the philosopher, Mick Jagger, once sang: You can't always get what you want.

Syracuse University Athletics - Men's Soccer Hosts Social and Benefit Auction

For the second year in a row, the Syracuse University men's soccer team will host a benefit auction and social. This year's event is scheduled for Friday, April 25 at 6:30 p.m. in the Lafayette Ballroom of the Crowne Plaza Hotel on East Genesee Street in Syracuse. All proceeds will go to benefit Orange soccer program and its student-athletes.

Present (and future) scorers abound in '14 small forward class |

Syracuse will send two small forward prospects -- senior C.J. Fair and sophomore Jerami Grant -- to the NBA. Both have questions they'll need to answer at the next level.

Will Trevor Cooney really continue improving in his final two years at Syracuse? | The Juice Online

The basic premise of this article is that Cooney would become a more consistent and reliable shooter in his next two seasons based on the past track records of Demetris Nichols, Andy Rautins and James Southerland.