Name: Darius Kelly
Position: Sort-of-Strong-yet-Free Safety (Worst kept secret ever: I'm not as smart about football as I am about basketball. I do lots of research for you guys and I'm learning at lightning speed, but I get confused when the current depth chart and the roster don't match up. What's THAT about?)
Hometown: Sierra Vista, AZ
High School: Buena Vista
2013 Stats: In his first year with the Orange, Kelly had 44 (!!) tackles, 30 of which were unassisted. He also blocked a punt against Tulane (see highlights below).
2014 Projections: Syracuse's secondary struggled a bit last season, but the Orange only lost one player (Keon Lyn). So, with a year of experience under their belts, expect improvement from everyone. There may also be some shuffling around, depending on injuries, which could mean Kelly sees minutes at both safety positions.
How'd He Get Here: By way of Pima Community College, first. Then, this JUCO addition chose Syracuse over Arizona, Utah, Utah State, and Marshall.
What'd Recruiting Sites Say: Two stars from Rivals, and three from everyone else.
All i think about is football man....— Darius Kelly (@D_kellyCuse) November 12, 2013
Links Of Wonder: Orange Fizz had a nice chat with Darius before the Boston College game last year. Read it.
Tweets Of Wonder: Aww.
— Darius Kelly (@D_kellyCuse) April 20, 2014
What Does Shafer Think Of Him: Just before the season started last year, he said,
Darius has gotten better every day as he's learned the system. We feel comfortable playing him at the one safety position as well as he'll have a big hand in the kicking game.
Interesting Nugget O'Interest: Kelly was the one to break the news about Shafer becoming Syracuse's next head football coach.
Let's Get A Good Look Atcha:
(Via ACC Digital Network)
- Get To Know Your Orange Man - #16 WR Keenan Hale
- Get To Know Your Orange Man - #20 H-Back Brisly Estime
- Get To Know Your Orange Man - #19, CB Joe Nassib
- Syracuse Football Recruiting: Dontae Strickland "Taking His Talents" To Syracuse
- Syracuse Football Selected for Two Games on ESPN "Ultimate ACC Road Trip"