Fresh FizzCast: Nolan Weidner on Gulley’s Return & SU’s Injury Recovery

The Post-Standard’s SU football guru discusses how the Orange is on the mend before Wake.

As the hype and anticipation for the approaching college football season grows stronger every day, so does The Fizz’s coverage of all things Orange. For this week’s Fizz Fresh Take, we welcomed The Post-Standard’s Nolan Weidner onto the FizzCast.

Weidner is at practice daily and has updates on the team’s disconcerting slew of injuries.

On Phillip Thomas: “He probably feels pretty good, but it’s a fractured jaw. What I got is that they’ll see how he is this weekend, and it’ll be a game-week decision. I think he’s okay but the danger of a fractured jaw is you have to see if he can do contact.”

Prince-Tyson Gulley’s recovery from the stab wounds he recently endured“He didn’t really look like he was sharp. He’s running fast, he’s back up to speed and everything, and he looks good because he’s worked out in the off-season and taken care of himself. But Prince always had that stop-and-start kind of stutter step, like a little kind of Antwon Bailey quickness to him. I think he’s healthy, I think he’s fine, but I think he’s not quite there yet in terms of game shape.”

Weidner also updates us on the status of Keon Lyn, and why he remains the biggest question mark of all the Orange’s injured players. Nolan identifies which young players have stepped up in the absence of the injured veterans, and made a case for playing time this year.

Team Fizz also provides first-hand observations from Saturday’s Ernie Davis Scrimmage.

  • Injuries led to increased reps for some of the reserves. One guy who got an extended look on defense that stuck out was freshman cornerback Ritchy Desir. He intercepted a Charley Loeb pass early on.
  • Freshman defensive tackle Eric Crume is an absolute monster of a man. He eats blocks in the middle of the d-line and could be a key cog for Defensive Coordinator Scott Shafer from day one.
  • Freshman wide receiver Jeremiah Kobena is as fast as they come, but had the dropsies at the scrimmage, à la teammate Dorian Graham in past years. Graham is reportedly a significantly improved player this season, but was absent from the scrimmage.
  • Adrian Flemming and Jarrod West should prove to be excellent additions to the receiving corps. Syracuse has much more depth at receiver compared to last year.
  • Third-string quarterback John Kinder played well, while second-stringer Loeb did not.

We also hear from The Fizz’s Dave Van Moffaert on Syracuse’s recruitment of Michigan tight end Ron Thompson. DVM discusses Thompson’s amazing hands and his potential as a scary pass-catching threat. “Sugar Bear,” as the tight end is nicknamed, has narrowed his choices down to Syracuse and Maryland. Team Fizz will keep you posted as always.

Posted: Andrew Kanell

10 Comments on this Post

  1. For the record, Craig, Louisville is not west of the Mississippi; however, it is south of the Ohio River. It is in the eastern time zone and further east than some parts of Florida, and not as much of a stretch to be in the Big East as people think. I used to live there and you can drive to Syracuse in a day.

  2. brian –

    Good call. My instant geography wasn’t so good there. While you “can” drive it one day, you wouldn’t want to. If I drive back to my visit my parents in SC I can do it one day, but 13 hours later I would not be a happy camper. Point is still there though in that geography is mattering less and less in these conferences. It used to be pretty much the eastern seaboard. Now it’s east of the Mississippi until next year when it’s east of New Mexico.

    Thanks for the catch though. You guys keep me on my toes. Good thing my geography classes are long behind me.


  3. KevMonstah

    Hey guys – I would be all for expanding the Big East conference for football if a) there was a way to keep the hoops part at the top of the NCAA, and b) there were quality teams to add.

    TCU is coming, which I think is pretty silly. The other teams you realistically have to look at, just going by D-1A status and roughly the eastern side of the country: Army, Navy, UCF, Memphis, Villanova, UMass, Temple. Maybe I forgot a few tiny D1 schools (Stonybrook, Buffalo), and then there are FCS teams like Colgate, Cornell, etc. None of those teams are worth expanding the Big East for. They bring nothing hoopswise, and their football teams are no better than what is already here. If you want to completely redefine the Big East as part of the Midwest, sure, you can add others. The best option, which has no chance at occurring, always included BC and Penn State. That way you at least had all of the big D1 programs in the northeast in a single conference. I don’t know where expansion is headed, but there just aren’t more quality teams to add. To the guy who suggested Boise … you have to understand that it’s not just football and hoops that play a conference schedule, it’s all sports. As an example, look at BC. Sure, they get a bigger check from the ACC with a conference championship. But they went from a school that could arguably put each sport on a bus and get to every school, except for Miami (pre-2004 realignment), to having to fly every single sports team to every venue, for every road game. I’ll bet they are not as well off as they thought they’d be. It is pointless for the Big East to expand by adding three more mediocre teams to get a conference championship nobody wants to see.

    Now if Syracuse is going to be poached and head somewhere else, which I hope they are not, I’m hopeful it is the ACC. SU cannot compete with Big 10 public schools as well as they could with ACC private schools. The football fervor just isn’t there in the northeast. For basketball, I disdain the style of the Big Ten. Horrible. You’d never pack the dome to see 57-51 games, even if it’s against a top 20 team. However, you know the dome will be jammed to see UNC and Duke. Where you’d suffer, and where a team like BC suffers (bear with me: I grew up in Syracuse, but have lived outside Boston for 20 years; I used to attend BC events because there is nothing else here for big time college sports, but lost interest after 2004), and where SU would get hurt, is all the rivalries would just be gone. SU against Pitt, Rutgers, UConn, sweet, beat them cuz we don’t like them. SU against Clemson, Wake, GaTech, Virginia? Who cares. SU against TCU? Tell me the next time I see a TCU alum I can chat sports with.


  4. Hoff is NOT in charge of The Fizz’s geography department. BTW Kev – you just wrote a full post! Nice job – we might have to add you to staff.

  5. I agree with you Hoffman, as a Syracuse alum who majored in geography (and ETS) it really saddens me that geography is given little or no consideration when it comes to conference expansion and alignment, and I think we can blame Boston College for starting that trend. They are no where close to any other ACC school.

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