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Detailing Antwan Cordy’s long road back for Syracuse football

A look into what’s been a tough couple years for the Orange defensive back.

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Losing Antwan Cordy in week two of 2016 was brutal for the Syracuse Orange. As it was again in week one of 2017. But beyond the team, it was clearly tough for Cordy as well.

This week, the sixth-year senior discussed that long road back with Syracuse.com, and the struggles that came with it.

“That’s when I really got depressed,” Cordy told Syracuse.com’s Stephen Bailey when discussing last season’s struggles to come back that ultimately kept him out for the season again. “That’s when everything came a lot on me. I had a lot on my shoulders.”

But he did get through it, eventually, talking with Orange softball’s Alicia Hansen, who’s also his girlfriend. He talked with Bailey about the support she provided, as well as the role religion played in the lengthy rehab.

Obviously getting Cordy back healthy is going to be critical for the Syracuse secondary, as his play at safety (or this year, nickel corner too) was potentially the missing link last year when the defense started falling apart late.

Definitely check out the full piece over there. And also check out the rest of today’s Syracuse-related links below:

Syracuse DB Antwan Cordy’s grueling rehab powered by love, counseling, religion (Syracuse.com)

“That’s when I really got depressed,” Cordy said. “That’s when everything came a lot on me. I had a lot on my shoulders.” Those words should carry significant weight coming from Cordy, who previously recovered from three broken bones during his football career and grew up in Naranja, Fla., a crime- and poverty-riddled community outside Miami in which he saw his peers sell drugs and die young.

What is this new 4-2-5 defense for SU Football? Damien Rhodes explains (CNYCentral)

In short, it’s not a massive overhaul, rather, about personnel and positioning. Even senior linebacker Kielan Whitner said earlier this month that it was more about the Orange defense being prepared for different looks from different teams. On the “Orange Zone Season Kickoff Special” Wednesday night, we called on Damien Rhodes to dive into it and break it all down.

Dino Babers enters his third year as a head coach for the first time in his career (Daily Orange)

“This is new ground for me as well,” Babers said on Aug.1, one day before 2018 fall camp began. “But I think just having a better understanding of what’s going on in the conference, having a better understanding of the 107 guys in the room.” More than half of the players listed on the two-deep depth chart ahead of the Western Michigan game are Babers recruits.

QB Eric Dungey looks to sway scouts this season (Portland Tribune)

Does he wonder if he can stay healthy? ”Not for a second,” Dungey says. “It doesn’t cross my mind. ”My freshman year, I took a hard shot. The next year, I could have played. Last year, just a freak injury (broken foot). I was actually going down when it happened. You can’t play scared. If you slow down, that’s when you get hurt.”

Will Syracuse basketball play at faster pace this season? (Syracuse.com)

I truly hope that Syracuse can find a way to increase the tempo of games this year. Last year, Syracuse averaged 66.6 points per game. That was the lowest output for a Syracuse team since the 1962-63 season. Syracuse scored 60 or fewer points in seven of its 18 ACC regular-season games. (The Orange did win three of those games.) Syracuse did play in a lot of low-scoring games, but it wasn’t necessarily by choice.

ACC looks for boost with 2019 launch of TV channel (AP)

GIFs: ACC football is back, and so are the previews (WRALSportsFan)

Basketball Conference Podcast: 2018 Syracuse Orange Season Preview (Inside the ACC)

SU’s defense during penalty corners adds to early-season success (Daily Orange)

Larson vs. Babers: 1-on-1 (Spectrum Local News)