Name: Lucas "Luke" Arciniega
Position: Defensive End
Year: Redshirt Junior
Hometown: Sparks, NV
High School: Spanish Springs High School
2014 Stats: Arciniega was awarded a medical redshirt after suffering a season ending injury only four games into the season. He did record four tackles and one sack on the season.
2015 Projections: With a depleted defense from a season ago, Arciniega has made the transition from linebacker to defensive end. Although not a big change, Arciniega figures to earn a lot of time at defensive end this year opposite Donnie Simmons.
How'd He Get Here?: Long story! But we've got time. Arciniega initially attended the University of Nevada but left because of injury. He then attended junior college in California before committing to Syracuse over BYU, Memphis and Miami.
What'd Recruiting Sites Say?: Rivals said he was a three star recruit while Scout rated him at two.
Money Quote: On his strengths at defensive end,
"That's going to be my advantage, hopefully speed rush and just being quick off the edge."
Links Of Wonder: It looks as though Arciniega has a junior on the way.
Tweets Of Wonder:
Shafer said he's pleased with transition of Luke Arciniega from MLB to DE. Donnie Simmons shown improvement as speed rusher— CuseNation.com (@SyracuseOnScout) April 22, 2015
Shafer Chuck Bullough Think Of Him?: On switching to defensive end,
"It's exciting because he's actually picked up defensive end real quick from day one. Obviously he's never played there but there are some things he just did naturally, which is exctiing."
Interesting Nugget O'Interest: His sister, Alex, played softball at the University of Nevada.
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