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Get to Know Your Orange Man: #31, TE Kyle Kleinberg

The senior should find himself on the special teams unit plenty once again.

NCAA Football: Notre Dame vs Syracuse Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

Name: Kyle Kleinberg

Position: Tight end

Year: Senior

Height: 6’0”

Weight: 232

Hometown: Armonk, N.Y.

High School: Don Bosco Prep (N.J.)

2017 stats: No stats in eight games on special teams for the Syracuse Orange.

2018 projections: Probably more of the same. Kickoff duty, while he also readies himself to jump in at tight end should injuries strike (and hopefully they don’t).

How’d he get here?: Though he’d earned overtures from FCS schools like Yale, Dartmouth and Maine, he chose to go the preferred walk-on route with Syracuse instead.

What’d recruiting sites say?: Nothing, unfortunately.

Money Quote: Nate Mink discussed what sets Kleinberg apart from some of the other walk-ons on the Orange roster.

“But Kleinberg has distinguished himself from other walk-ons in that he has carved out a niche role since his freshman season on special teams. If nothing else, he has shown he won’t back down, always willing to engage in some extra shoving and yapping in the kicking game. Football is an emotional game, and there is a place for guys who can keep the juice flowing despite seeing a handful or so plays over the course of a 3.5-hour game.”

Twtitter feed: @kyle11berg

Tweets of wonder: Damn, so close...

What movie would Dino Babers recommend?: I’d bet this isn’t Dino’s sort of film, but I’d go with “American Pie,” which features Chris Klein (though not Kleinberg) as Oz. For some reason, I still enjoy the core films of this franchise and will happily watch any of them. Don’t @ me.

Interesting nugget o’interest: Kyle attended Don Bosco Prep, the school that also produced Syracuse QB Tommy DeVito. Kleinberg would’ve been a senior there when DeVito was a sophomore.

Let’s get a good look at ya: Footage from when Kleinberg first started getting run at tight end (versus linebacker, where he originally was).