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Syracuse scores second-most All-ACC selections from Athlon

My, how times have changed...

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At one point in time, it was surprising to see any Syracuse Orange football players among All-ACC selections — either from national publications or the league’s own media. The talent level wasn’t up to par in SU’s new league, and the ACC’s media (in part) had little desire to learn more about the Orange. Even a mention seemed like a step in the right direction.

As we open up season No. 7 in the ACC, however, a lot has changed. Syracuse is receiving plenty of top-25 hype entering the year, and writers are believing in the team’s individual players as well. Athlon’s annual preseason All-ACC team was released today, and that list featured 11 Syracuse selections — second-most in the conference, only to Clemson (14).

Considering the number of four- and five-stars on the other rosters around the ACC, it’s quite the accomplishment to see this many Syracuse players. That’s a testament to what Dino Babers has built, and continues to build. His coaching is making up the talent differential, as was well apparent last year when SU won 10 games.

Enjoy perusing the full list (including five first-team selections for the Orange), and check out the rest of your Syracuse-related links below:

ACC Football 2019 All-Conference Team (Athlon Sports)

Clemson is the overwhelming favorite to win the ACC in 2019, and coach Dabo Swinney’s team leads the way on Athlon’s 2019 All-ACC squad with 14 selections. The Tigers feature six first-team picks on offense and six overall on defense. Syracuse ranks second with 11 selections, followed by Miami, Virginia and Virginia Tech with nine apiece.

The making of Adrian Autry, SU basketball’s second-in-command (The NewsHouse)

“He was a coach, not a former player coaching,” said Greenberg, now an ESPN college basketball analyst. “When we brought him here, he was in every scouting meeting, every recruiting meeting, everything. He initiated workouts and meetings on his own. I’ve seen him grow in every aspect, from a guy who chased his dream to someone who’s trying to be a better coach. He wasn’t handed anything.

Syracuse Football: 2019 Orange Season Preview and Prediction (Athlon Sports)

Syracuse wants to compete for an ACC championship. It wants to compete for a spot in the College Football Playoff. The big question: Can the Orange beat Clemson? SU shocked the Tigers in the Carrier Dome two years ago and lost a heartbreaker at Death Valley last fall. The Tigers return to Syracuse on Sept. 14 in what figures to be one of the pivotal games on the ACC slate this season.

Wake Forest’s 2019 season could go in so many different directions (SB Nation)

If that trend continues, then the Deacs will likely finish just on the right side of bowl eligibility and head to a fourth straight bowl for the first time in program history. But with so many close games, this season could go in quite a few directions based on what the Deacs get from the passing game and whether the defense can actually get to the quarterback a little bit.

Syracuse reportedly adds graduate transfer Whisper Fisher from St. Joseph’s (Daily Orange)

After sitting out the 2016-17 season due to NCAA transfer rules, Fisher spent two seasons at St. Joseph’s. She logged her best collegiate season in 2018-19, posting 3.8 points and 4.4 rebounds per game. The Hawks went a combined 31-34 in Fisher’s two years on the team.

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Syracuse makes the cut for 2020 OL (CuseNation)

Syracuse men’s soccer program unveils 8-player recruiting class (SoccerWire)

Former Syracuse standout Chris McCullough signs to play in Puerto Rico, scores 36 in second game (Syracuse.com)

A key Syracuse recruit will announce his college choice next week (Syracuse.com)