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Get to Know Your Orange Man: #84, WR Nate Wellington

If only he was an interior lineman, we could give him the nickname “Beef.”

NCAA Football: Syracuse at Pittsburgh Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Name: Nate Wellington

Position: Wide Receiver

Year: (Redshirt) Freshman

Height: 5’10”

Weight: 190 lbs.

Hometown: Skaneateles, N.Y.

High School: Skaneateles

2019 stats: Redshirt season, though he did make the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll last fall.

2020 projections: This is a pretty deep wide receiver group for the Syracuse Orange, even if they lack a ton of experience beyond the top line. Wellington’s a walk-on, so I wouldn’t necessarily bank on seeing him line up with the offense. There are special teams opportunities, however.

How’d he get here?: He passed up chances to play for Merrimack (DII) and Hamilton (DIII) to come to ‘Cuse as a preferred walk-on.

What’d recruiting sites say?: Nothing. Lame.

Money quote: Nate’s high school coach, Joe Sindoni, shared a lot about the player after he announced he was heading to Syracuse. Apparently he’s a pretty hard worker — something we can see already based on him making the Honor Roll and the fact that he’s added 13 pounds since first got to campus last year.

“Nate is the hardest-working, most dedicated kid I’ve ever coached. There are some who have competed with him for that title, but I’ve never coached anybody that is more dedicated to being the best he can than Nate.”

Twitter feed: @natewelli (hasn’t tweeted in quite awhile, however)

Tweets of wonder: Making plays in high school, as one might figure.

What movie would Dino recommend for him?: Maybe Dino appreciates a good foreign language film now and again — like 2012’s “Lines of Wellington,” from Portugal. The epic covers the Franco-Portugese War and Viscount Wellington’s stand at the Lines of Torres Vedras. John Malkovich is in it, and it made the international film festival rounds, too, if that’s worth anything to you.

Interesting nugget o’interest: Like many on the Orange roster, Nate played more than one sport in high school. As a senior, he played center field for Skaneateles, and hit .434. Not too shabby.

Let’s get a look at ya: Here’s the full senior year football highlight rundown.