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AJ Long Height
9:00 am
Tue October 21, 2014

For Syracuse Quarterback AJ Long, Size Doesn't Matter

At just six feet tall, AJ Long is about eye level with most of the reporters he talks with.

He led Syracuse to its first win in over a month.  He’s thrown more touchdowns in two games than Terrel Hunt did in five.  And he became the first true freshman in team history to win his starting debut.  

Even at a young age, AJ Long has shown the traits of a successful college quarterback – the strong arm, the quick feet and the mental confidence.

But Long admits that back in high school, he started thinking he wouldn't be good enough to play Division-I football.  There was always that one trait missing: the height.

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Syracuse - Wake Forest
4:17 pm
Sat October 18, 2014

In First Career Start, AJ Long Ends SU Football's Losing Streak

First, defensive tackle John Raymon beat the odds by recovering from a severe knee injury faster than anyone expected.

On Saturday, he helped the Orange (3-4) beat the Demon Deacons by assisting on Syracuse’s second defensive touchdown of the day.

"I’m very excited," Raymon said this week on returning to football.  "My team’s excited, my coaches are excited and I feel like we’re all in a good place and we’re all on the same page now. I’m happy I’m back."

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Syracuse - Wake Forest
1:36 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

AJ Long Hopes to End SU Football's Losing Streak Saturday In His First Career Start

AJ Long talks to the media about his performance against Florida State and looks forward to his first career start.
Credit @WAERSports

The AJ Long era has officially begun.

With a pair of injured quarterbacks, Scott Shafer now turns to his third-string passer to try to end a four game losing streak, save Syracuse’s season and, possibly, save his own job. 

Syracuse couldn’t upset top-ranked Florida State last week, but Long impressed in his college debut.  The true freshman completed 16-of-27 passes for 167 yards against the Seminoles along with two touchdowns and two interceptions.  It was a rare bright spot for the Orange, who’s lost each of its last four games by at least ten points. 

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Syracuse - Florida State
9:11 am
Fri October 10, 2014

Syracuse Football Going for Historic Upset Over No. 1 Florida State

It hasn’t been another season of blowouts for Florida State, but they’ve done enough to do what many of the highest ranked teams haven’t – win.  The reigning national champions comes to the Carrier Dome to face a Syracuse team that has lost its last three games. The Seminoles, meanwhile, haven’t lost since the 2012 season.

“There’s a reason why they’ve won 21 in a row: great coaching and great players,” Scott Shafer said.  “We have a daunting task in front of us, but we're looking forward to it.”

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George McDonald Reaction
8:30 am
Wed October 8, 2014

Demoted George McDonald "Blindsided" By Recent Staff Changes

George McDonald said he was "blindsided" on Saturday when Scott Shafer told him that he'd been demoted from offensive coordinator to wide receivers coach.

"If I would’ve known I would only get 18 games to be offensive coordinator, I would have stayed at the University of Arkansas," McDonald said.  "I would have never came here."

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