Name: Mike Midkiff
Position: Long Snapper
Year: Redshirt Freshman
Weight: 195 lbs.
Hometown: Colorado Springs, Colo.
High School: Air Academy
2019 stats: Redshirt season
2020 projections: Will likely enter preseason camp in a battle with Joey Kelly to serve as Aaron Bolinsky’s back-up at the long-snapper position.
How’d he get here?: Chose the Syracuse Orange as a preferred walk-on due to a connection with Dino Babers’ brother Tracy.
What’d recruiting sites say?: He was ranked the #59 long snapper in the country by Kohl’s Kicking Camp
Money quote: Based on his profile at Kohl’s it seems like Syracuse might have found another special teams contributor through their walk-on recruitment
Midkiff has great power on his snaps and was able to show consistent location during the like aspect of camp. He finished the charting session with an average snap time of .68 seconds and will see his snapping improve when he keeps his motion under control.
Tweets of wonder: Mike’s not finding a lot of time to tweet with everything he’s involved with at Syracuse so here’s more of his story
How a good word from @CoachBabersCuse's brother, Tracy, and a shared military connection brought long snapper Mike Midkiff to Syracuse.— Syracuse Football (@CuseFootball) March 20, 2020
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What movie would Dino Babers recommend for him?: We’re going with the sequel to last year’s pick- “Iron Eagle 2” as Louis Gossett, Jr returns as Chappy Sinclair. This time Chappy leads a US-Soviet mission to stop a country from completing a nuclear weapon.
Interesting nugget o’ interest: In case you avoided it the previous two times we linked to the story, Mike’s a member of the Syracuse ROTC program. He is following in his family’s history of military service.
Let’s get a good look at ya: Here’s some footage of Mike in action from the 2018 Texas Winter Showcase kicking camp.