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Get to Know Your Orange Man: #31, LB Geoff Cantin-Arku

A returning starter looking to create more havoc in 2021

NCAA Football: Duke at Syracuse Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Name: Geoff Cantin-Arku

Position: Linebacker

Year: Sophomore

Height: 6’4”

Weight: 227

Hometown: Lévis, Que.

High School: Cégep Garneau

2020 stats: Have to give Steve props for this call last year “This is a big move for the sophomore and he looks to take advantage of the new defensive scheme under Tony White.” Cantin-Arku made 10 starts at linebacker and had 63 tackles. He led the Orange with four sacks and forced two fumbles. Against Duke he recovered and returned a fumble for a touchdown.

2021 projections: Cantin-Arku emerged as a play-maker in the 3-3-5 and is going to be expected to continue to cause more havoc in opposing backfields this Fall. He and the other linebackers will need to provide steadier play this Fall but his athleticism means look out for more big plays.

How’d he get here?: Geoff came to a Syracuse Football camp and a few days later committed to the only NCAA program to offer him.

What’d recruiting sites say?: Consensus three stars. ESPN had him as the number three recruit in Canada.

Money quote: As a player from Quebec he certainly flew under the NCAA radar but Canadian Football Chat lead analyst Clint Uttley felt the Orange were getting a steal.

“Let’s just call him- a real sharp Swiss Army knife. Arku recently committed to the Syracuse Orange, this might very well be one of the biggest steals out of the CEGEP system in the last number of years.”

Twitterfeed: @geofcantin

Tweet of Wonder:

What movie would Dino Babers recommend for him?: Dino’s going with “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” with Geoffrey Rush once again taking the role of Captain Hector Barbossa. The message here is that the Orange need to band together to fight off all opponents.

Interesting nugget o’ interest: Back in his CEGEP days, Cantin-Arku helped his school rebound from a one-win season so we’ll see if he can help key an Orange turn-around this Fall.

Let’s get a good look at ya: Here’s that touchdown return from last season