Name: Shyheim Cullen
Year: (Redshirt) Junior
Hometown: Lowell, Mass.
High School: Lowell High School
2017 Stats: Shy played a big role on special teams this year, playing in 11 games and collecting four tackles. He also recovered a muffed punt at FSU. The only difference between this season and last season is one game and four fewer tackles (he recovered a muffed punt against FSU the year before as well).
2018 Projections: Things are looking up for Cullen in 2018, as he’s finally listed on the two-deep as the second-string weakside linebacker. He was originally a strongside linebacker, but seems to be making strides with the slight position change. Expect some more special teams contributions from Cullen as well.
How’d He Get Here?: He picked the Syracuse Orange out of high school. Being from Massachusetts, he got a lot of receive interest from other schools in the Northeast (UConn, Boston College, Rutgers) as well.
What’d Recruiting Sites Say?: Mostly three stars, with a bearish two stars from Rivals.
Tweets of Wonder: That’s called a game face
What movie would Dino Babers recommend for him?: Let’s give him the entire Transformers series, where Optimus Prime is voiced by Canadian actor Peter Cullen.
Interesting Nugget O’Interest: Shy’s road to the SU was certainly a unique one, including severe health issues and eight different foster homes. Syracuse.com’s Stephen Bailey wrote a great piece about that journey.
Let’s Get a Good Look Atcha: Solid tackle from Shy here. Video taken from last year’s fall preseason.