Syracuse University football

Football coaches often talk about how important it is two excel in all three phases of the game. That's Offense, Defense and the often overlooked Special Teams. For Syracuse University football, a considerable amount of their early success can be atttributed to their strong play on special teams.

This week on The Best of WAER Sports Podcast, WAER's Drew Carter takes a look at some of the players making a difference on special teams so far this year.

It's rare for college football to have a true freshman break onto the scene and take the country by storm. That kind of fan fare is typically reserved for college basketball. Apparently, no one told that to Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence, who was recently named the team's starter. 

WAER's James Colgan chronicles the takeover of Trevor Lawrence this week on The Best of WAER Sports Podcast


Syracuse University Football continues to turns heads around the country with their impressive start this season. But this week on The Best of WAER Sports Podcast, we turn back the clock. First WAER's Meredith Kava shows the unconventional path that SU legend Joe Morris took to achieving his historic career. And then, Dana Gray dips in the archives and looks back at the 2015 season; the last time that Syracuse University Football started 3-0.


Sports are hard to predict, but let's be honest that's what makes it fun. The season so far for the Syracuse University Football team has featured some unexpected key players. This week on The Best of WAER Sports Podcast we'll hear the stories of a few of those players making a name for themsleves.

First, WAER's Anthony Mazzini gives us the inside scoop on Freshman Andre Cisco and what coach Dino Babers like most about the ball hawking defensive back. Then, Tim Leonard introduces us to Andre Szmyt the unlikely walk-on who won the kicking job and hasn't looked back.


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Syracuse University is investing $118 million dollars to replace the existing Carrier Dome roof and other upgrades that should be ready by Football season 2020 and provide a stadium-like experience.  Over the weekend the University’s Board of Trustees signed-off on the plan to install the suspended roof and updates inside.  Athletic Director John Wildhack says the focus is on students and the fan experience.

To be successful in College Football it's important that you have a strong recruiting presence. That requires that you are able to find and attract top high school talent from different parts of the country.

This week on The Best of WAER Sports Podcast, Dana Gray reports that you might just be surprised at what state has brought SU Football the majority of it's recent talent.

You'll most likely never pick up the latest version of the Madden video game and see a kicker on the cover. But they are still a vital part of a successful football team, college or professional. 

This week on The Best of WAER Sports Podcast, Sean Salisbury looks at the positive and negative of kicking for a major college football team. Plus, an inside look at Syracuse University's Senior Kick Cole Murphy.

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After last year’s cancelation, Syracuse University Football  Fan Fest made a comeback this past weekend.  Coach Dino Babers and players interacted with fans, while numerous other activities got local residents excited for the upcoming season.

Babers is currently in the middle of pre-season practice and said Fan Fest came at a good time to get the community and his players connected.

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The Syracuse University community was struck with a loss Tuesday as beloved former Football Coach Dick MacPherson died.  Coach Mac is credited with ramping up enthusiasm for the program. 

(More on Coach Mac's Career Here)

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One year after finishing with a  4-8 record, Syracuse Football is poised to improve. Standing in the way of that improvement is the toughest schedule in the NCAA. Head coach Dino Babers, Quarterback Eric Dungey and Linebacker Zaire Franklin spoke in Charlotte today at the 2017 ACC Football Kickoff.

It took only a couple of questions before Zaire Franklin was reminded of the 2016 season finale. Back in November, Syracuse gave up 76 points en route to its eighth loss of the season. Franklin can’t wait to get that game out of his system.

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