Name: Christopher Fredrick
Year: (Redshirt) Junior
Hometown: Conley, Ga.
High School: Cedar Grove
2017 stats: Fredrick started all 12 games for the Syracuse Orange, tallying 43 tackles to pair with four pass breakups and an interception. He also forced a fumble and nabbed a tackle for loss (both against Boston College). During the early-season improved period for this defense, he was a critical part of the resurgent coverage ability on the outside.
2018 stats: Like last year, a lot will depend on safety play. When Jordan Martin was healthy, it gave SU corners more piece of mind on help over the top. Transitioning to a 4-2-5 could provide an assist, but Syracuse still has inexperience at the safety spot right now, potentially putting freshman Andre Cisco opposite Evan Foster (or at least that’s the case on the current depth chart).
How’d he get here?: Fredrick was quick to commit after Syracuse offered. He selected the Orange over offers from Mississippi State, Minnesota and Cincinnati, among others.
What’d recruiting sites say?: Three stars from everyone. Nice.
Money quote: Fredrick talked coverage a bit this offseason —
“Ultimately, our goal is to play closer to routes. So, say somebody catches a stop route. It’s not necessarily bad that he catches it, but you want to be tackling him as soon as he catches it, rather than let him square up.”
Twitter feed: @BCG_1
Tweets of wonder: One of many tweets about Fredrick’s great day versus Miami last year.
Syracuse CB Chris Fredrick makes a great play to break up the slant on the goal line. He's followed Ahmmon Richards across the field.— Stephen Bailey (@Stephen_Bailey1) October 21, 2017
What movie would Dino recommend for him?: In the 2016 Indian film “Fredrick,” a suspended police officer and his wife get caught up in an expansive web of human trafficking. Seems like a bit of a thriller.
Interesting nugget o’interest: The Miami game wasn’t the only great individual performance from Chris last year. He was the third-best cornerback in college football during week five (NC State), according to Pro Football Focus.
Let’s get a look at ya: A quick chat with the cornerback last year —