Name: Jason Emerich
Year: RS Sophomore
Hometown: New Ringgold, PA
High School: Blue Mountain High School
2013 Stats: Emerich backed up Macky MacPherson last year. He played in a few games, but usually when the outcome was already decided.
2014 Projections: Many expected him to be the first-team center now that Macky has graduated, however, the pre-spring depth chart has him behind Rob Trudo. He'll certainly see the field, but it looks like he's got some more work to do before the staff feels confident with him in a starting role.
How'd He Get Here: Emerich chose Syracuse over Akron, Buffalo, UConn, Temple, and UCF because of the family atmosphere and quality of the coaches and players.
What'd Recruiting Sites Say: Two and three stars, from Rivals and Scout, respectively.
Money Quote: On getting ready to be the back-up center as a freshman last year:
"The guys are helping me a lot and Coach Adkins is helping me a lot with everything, just making sure I'm up to speed," Emerich said. "They're coaching me up real well. I really like it."
Links Of Wonder: Check out this story where Macky talks about Emerich as one of his potential replacements.
Twitterfeed: It exists, but his account (@jason_emerich78) is private.
Tweets Of Wonder:
Caught up with Macky MacPherson earlier today: Jason Emerich, John Miller and Rob Trudo all candidates to inherit starting center job.— Nate Mink (@MinkNate) February 9, 2014
What Does Shafer Think Of Him: On deciding whether to start Emerich or Trudo at center:
Macky took so many snaps for us, we got to the point where we were like, you know, I don't know if Jason is ready to go...Rob is comfortable doing it. We made the decision as a staff to start spring ball out that way. I know Rob is excited about it, and I know Jason will be excited to compete.
Interesting Nugget O'Interest: Emerich participated in the Big 33 Classic, which pits the best high school football players from Pennsylvania and Ohio against each other. It's a pretty big deal. Marvin Harrison once played in the game.
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