The Syracuse Orange football team just wrapped up spring practice, and that usually means a couple more roster moves are in the works. On Monday, we learned of the first one of those, as it was reported by 247Sports (and confirmed by Syracuse.com) that redshirt junior linebacker Tim Walton will enter his name into the grad transfer portal.
Walton was not on the initial spring two-deep depth chart, and played in just four games over the last two seasons, recording one tackle against Central Michigan in 2017. With the influx of young linebackers on the roster seemingly moving up the depth chart quickly, it’s not necessarily a surprise to see Walton take advantage of the grad transfer option.
While this offseason hasn’t been “filled” with attrition, Syracuse has lost a few players as depth and quality improves with each recruiting class. Walton is the second linebacker to elect to transfer, joining Nadarius Fagan, who announced his exit back in January.
Though Syracuse hasn’t released a post-spring depth chart, the linebacker position seems poised to be a mix of youth and experience. Andrew Armstrong is the most experienced player at the position, along with former JUCO transfer Lakiem Williams, who seems like he’s in line to start. Past that, Tyrell Richards, Juan Wallace, Tre Allison and freshmen like Mikel Jones and Lee Kpogba (both on campus this spring) appear poised to push for plenty of snaps as well.
As Syracuse.com’s Stephen Bailey points out, we’re now at 83 scholarships if you discount Shyheim Cullen and Antwan Cordy.
Best of luck to Tim going forward.