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Syracuse football: Leon Lowery, three other defensive players enter transfer portal

So far, all the potential departures have been on that side of the ball.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: OCT 07 Syracuse at North Carolina Photo by David Jensen/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Syracuse Orange are reportedly close to naming their next head coach, but before that news could break, several more players chose to consider their options heading into the new year.

Linebacker Leon Lowery, Safeties Myles Farmer and Malcolm Folk, and Cornerback Aman Greenwood will all enter the transfer portal, according to On3. Jeremiah Wilson and Francois Nolton Jr. are also potentially looking to join a different program.

Lowery would be the greatest loss out of the bunch. He emerged as the breakout player in the LBs room, starting all 12 games and compiling 46 tackles, 3.5 sacks and a fumble recovery. Leon has two years of eligibility remaining. With the possible graduation of Captain Marlowe Wax, this is an area where the new Orange coach will in turn have to hit the portal hard for replacements.

Farmer played a much smaller role than expected after transferring in from Nebraska, collecting 15 tackles and a forced fumble while appearing in parts of all 12 games - though much of it came late in the action and/or on special teams. He will most likely be joining his third team in three years in an attempt to use his final college season wisely.

Folk did not see any considerable action in 2023, appearing in seven games but recording no statistics. He has two years of eligibility remaining.

Greenwood also played in only seven games and made four tackles while doing so. He missed the entire 2022 season due to injury, which unfortunately set back the progress he was making up the depth chart before. Aman has one year of eligibility left.

We do want to stress that just because a player announces they’re entering the portal, it does not 100% mean they are leaving. Jeremiah Wilson and Damien Alford both put their names in last season before returning, and in this case, it’s not wrong of any of these players to explore their options while waiting to see what the new Syracuse coaching staff looks like.