Name: Kendall Coleman
Position: Defensive end
High School: Cathedral
2017 Stats: Started eight games — the first four and the last four, while dealing with a mid-year injury suffered versus LSU. In those eight games, he managed 28 tackles, 2.5 TFLs (0.5 sacks) and four QB hurries.
2018 Projections: He’ll be back as the starter, opposite Alton Robinson. As long as he’s healthy, we can expect an uptick in production from Coleman (who still finished 11th in tackles on the team despite missing four games). His pass-rushing ability should help generate some pressure, which has been hard to do in recent years for the Syracuse Orange.
How’d he get here?: Picked Syracuse over offers from MAC programs like Western Michigan, Miami (OH) and Ball State. Smart man.
What’d recruiting sites say? Three stars, which we always appreciate.
Money Quote: Coleman spoke to Nate Mink during spring ball about his lingering injuries from last year and why it was worth it to try and play the final games of 2017.
“I felt like with how many games we had left and how much better my foot had somewhat gotten, it was a decision of am I going to let it continue to heal up more.
Do I want to see what I can do and get back out there and finish the season? I decided to give my team what I got, go back out and finish the season.”
Twitter feed: No Twitter for him.
Tweets of wonder: Notably, Coleman’s early-season injuries didn’t stop him from being there for the team in spirit.
DE Kendall Coleman, injured right foot and all, getting Syracuse psyched up half an hour before kickoff https://t.co/Ep9gi6ybUT— Stephen Bailey (@Stephen_Bailey1) October 13, 2017
What movie would Dino recommend for him? This will make more sense when you read the “interesting nugget o’interest” below, but “Dead Poet’s Society” seems like a good fit for Coleman. Though that movie, starring Robin Williams, came out 19 years ago? Consider me surprised.
Interesting nugget o’interest: Kendall has a supreme love for poetry, and he embraces that passion every day. Pretty cool story about it this Spring in the Daily Orange.
Let’s get a good look at ya: Z60’s always a must-see, and this one is no exception.