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Get to Know Your Orange Man: #43, LS Mike Midkiff

Of course you know our long snappers already.

NCAA Football: Central Michigan at Syracuse Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Name: Mike Midkiff

Position: Long snapper

Year: (Redshirt) freshman

Height: 6-foot-3

Weight: 206

Hometown: Colorado Springs, Colo.

High School: Air Academy

2020 stats: No appearances in games last year.

2021 projections: Aaron Bolinsky’s pretty entrenched as the long snapper for the Syracuse Orange. So there probably isn’t much of a shot for Midkiff to nab his job barring injury.

How’d he get here?: You can thank Dino Babers’s brother Tracy for making the connection here, since he was Midkiff’s position coach in high school.

What’d recruiting sites say?: Kohl’s Kicking Camp said he was the No. 59 long snapper in the country back in 2019.

Money Quote: From that profile above, Midkiff shared what made the biggest impact for him when visiting Syracuse.

“The football team preaches family. I felt that when I walked in.”

Twitter feed: @midkiffmichael1

Tweets of wonder: Several Orange players took a crack at the Bottle Cap Challenge back in 2019.

What movie would Dino recommend for him?: Don’t know if Dino’s much of a horror movie guy, but Dale Midkiff was in 1989’s Pet Sematary, based on the Stephen King novel by the same name.

Interesting nugget o’interest: Football runs in the Midkiff family, apparently. Both Mike’s father and grandfather played for Ball State, and at least one of them played some center there.

Let’s get a look at ya: High school highlights? High school highlights.