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Get to Know Your Orange Man: #56, OL Darius Tisdale

A contender for a starting spot this fall

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

Name: Darius Tisdale

Position: Offensive Lineman

Year: (Redshirt) Junior

Height: 6’4”

Weight: 314 lbs.

Hometown: South Brunswick, N.J.

High School: South Brunswick (but played at Lackawanna Community College before joining the Syracuse Orange)

2019 stats: Tisdale mainly played with the kicking unit in 2019, featuring in all 12 games on the line protecting Andre Szmyt. He did see a handful of offensive snaps throughout the 2019 season — all of them at right guard.

2020 projections: In order for Tisdale to contend for the starting right guard spot, he would need the Orange coaching staff to move Dakota Davis to left guard to cover Evan Adams’s graduation. And he would need Chris Bleich to get his waiver to play denied. No matter what the case, as Steve pointed out earlier this year, Tisdale is probably fighting Patrick Davis and Anthony Red for position on the depth chart. We won’t know how much either of these guys play until the first game of the season.

How’d he get here?: Tisdale started out his college career at Lackawanna Community College before transferring to Syracuse in late 2018. He had transfer offers from Marshall, Rutgers, Pittsburgh, and West Virginia before choosing SU.

What’d recruiting sites say?: Three stars from 247sports and ESPN, two stars from Rivals. We know which sites have the correct ranking.

Money quote: Before spring practice was cancelled, Tisdale knew how important that time period was for his career. Hopefully he has the same fire to compete when training camp (hopefully) starts up.

“I think it’s really important for me,” Tisdale said of spring practice. “I’ve got to prove myself just like everyone else. I’ve got to work hard. I’ve got to stick to what I know and (emphasize), ‘How am I going to grow? How am I going to improve?’”

Twitter feed: @DTizzy56

Tweets of wonder: Alright fans, help NewsChannel9’s Darius Joshua on a Darius group name.

What movie would Dino recommend for him?: If Dino can recommend “Ford v Ferrari” to Tommy DeVito, he can show it to all of his offensive linemen also. Babers would probably say that DeVito can’t drive the offense like Christian Bale does the Ford in the film if the supporting cast doesn’t do their job correctly. He would like his offensive line to support DeVito so that the QB can lead the team to victory.

Interesting nugget o’interest: Tisdale is cousins with former SU running back Dontae Strickland, who played in Orange from 2015 to 2018. Strickland scored 15 touchdowns for Syracuse and signed an undrafted free-agent contract with the Arizona Cardinals after his graduation.

Let’s get a look at ya: Syracuse.com’s Stephen Bailey showcases some footage of Tisdale practicing at right tackle last year, which could help get his name on the two-deep.