Garrett Shrader ’23 is a pilot? Malcolm People ’25, a saxophonist? Maximilian Mang ’24 performed volleyball in Germany? … Just some attention-grabbing information concerning the Syracuse Orange, that are competing within the Unhealthy Boy Mowers Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium on Dec. 29. Discover out why this 12 months’s roster is without doubt one of the deepest and most proficient of the Dino Babers period.
Who’s the Boss?
Linebacker Kadin Bailey ’26 has soccer in his blood. The 6-foot-2, 217-pound freshman hails from the Peach State, the place his father (Boss) and two uncles (Champ and Ron) had been College of Georgia royalty. Boss led the protection on Georgia’s 2002 SEC Championship group earlier than turning professional. He and Champ, a school and professional soccer Corridor of Famer, then performed collectively for the Denver Broncos. Ron had a short profession in Germany.
Victoriaville is a Canadian hockey city, however due to co-captain Matthew Bergeron ’23, it’s additionally recognized for soccer. The primary particular person from his highschool to earn an NCAA Division I soccer scholarship, the 6-foot-5, 322-pound junior is the lynchpin of Syracuse’s offensive line. The All-ACC deal with is also a prime NFL prospect—the one member of the Orange to just accept an invite to the 2023 Senior Bowl.
Malcolm Folk ’25 is one in every of many pupil athletes with hidden skills off the sphere. A skilled musician, the 6-foot-1, 201-pound redshirt freshman performs a number of devices together with saxophone, guitar and drums. No shock that his pregame ritual consists of listening to rap and hip-hop.
Like Father, Like Son
Soccer runs within the household of huge receiver Oronde Gadsden II ’25. His father performed for the Miami Dolphins, catching Dan Marino’s final landing go in 1999. The 6-foot-5, 216-pound sophomore—the Orange’s sole consultant on the 2022 All-ACC first group—is on the Biletnikoff Award watch checklist.
To the Max
Tight finish Maximilian Mang ’24 is proof that lightning can strike twice. Previous to Syracuse, the 6-foot-7, 262-pound sophomore performed soccer in his native Germany. He additionally was a member of Germany’s nationwide youth volleyball group and competed in soccer and desk tennis. The so-called Dr. Mang is integral to Babers’ hurry-up offense.
Band of Brothers
Lengthy snapper Mike Midkiff ’23 and tight finish Josh Kubala ’26 are cadets within the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps. A 6-foot-3, 210-pound redshirt sophomore, Midkiff plans to affix his father and brother within the Military after commencement after which work for the FBI. Kubala, a former lacrosse standout, additionally has navy roots. The 6-foot-2, 211-pound freshman follows within the footsteps of his mom, who performed lacrosse for the Military.
Flying down the sphere—and thru the sky—comes naturally to quarterback Garrett Shrader ’23. Like his father and grandfather, the North Carolina native is a licensed pilot. Shrader spent the pandemic studying learn how to function a four-seat, fixed-wing Cessna. The 6-foot-4, 228-pound junior can also be an professional marksman and horseback rider.
Andre the Large
When placekicker Andre Szmyt ’20, G’22 burst on the scene as a redshirt freshman, nobody anticipated the legacy he’d create. A semifinalist for the Lou Groza Award (which he gained in 2018), the 6-foot-1, 199-pound walk-on is essentially the most correct kicker (83%) and highest scoring participant (354 factors) in program historical past.
The Lengthy Run
An All-American rusher, Sean Tucker ’24 has competed on the lads’s track and field group. The 5-foot-10, 210-pound sophomore traces his love of working to Calvert Excessive College in Maryland, the place he held the state title for the 55-meter sprint for 2 years in a row. Tucker additionally was a state champion within the 100- and 200-meter sprint.
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