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Syracuse gains running back depth with Will Nixon transfer

Syracuse Football has two great options at running back for the 2024 season. Junior LeQuint Allen is again expected to take a bulk of snaps after being named a Second Team All-ACC running back this year. In addition to Allen, freshman Yasin Willis, a composite three-star recruit, was the number one recruit in the state of New Jersey for the Class of 2024.

But at a position that can easily face injury, having depth is very important. Friday the Orange got that much needed depth though Washington sophomore running back transfer Will Nixon. ESPN’s Pete Thamel first reported the transfer.

Nixon had 201 rushing yards last year, appearing in all 15 games for the Huskies during their run to the national championship game. His 201 yards placed him as the second-leading rusher for Washington. Nixon has experience in some of the biggest games in college football. He had one carry in the Pac-12 Championship and two in the national championship. During the 2022 season, the Texas native played in 11 of 13 games.

Prior to his time at Washington, Nixon spent two years at Nebraska as a wide receiver. But, he appeared in just three games and caught one pass with the Cornhuskers, before transitioning into a rushing role with Washington. 

It’s a family affair now for Nixon, who joins his dad, Jeff Nixon, with the Orange. Jeff joined Syracuse’s staff this season as offensive coordinator after a stint as the running backs coach of the New York Giants. 

Will Nixon could slot in as a great second- or third-down option for the Orange. Allen had to carry the majority of rushing yards in the 2023 season, and will likely do so again. Willis, standing at 6-1, 215 pounds, is a great option for short-yardage and punch-in options.

Nixon has the possibility of being a middle man of sorts for Syracuse. When SU has second or third and medium yardage situations, but Allen needs a rest, he could slot in perfectly as a back-up option.

Throughout spring practices, Fran Brown showed he will award players who play well in practice. Nixon has yet to carve out a major role with either of his collegiate programs. Now he has a chance to change that.

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