Chandler Jones

March 26, 2014 - 5:33pm
Jerome Smith, Jay Bromley and Marquis Spruill were among 13 SU football players who had one final shot to increase their draft stocks.

Jerome Smith walked out of Manley Field House Wednesday afternoon like he’d just scored the game-winning touchdown for the Orange. With beads of sweat dripping down his face, Smith smiled widely. After a sub-par NFL Combine in February, Smith had cause for celebration: he improved his 40-yard dash time by over two-tenths of a second—from 4.84 seconds to between 4.5 and 4.6 seconds.

January 3, 2013 - 8:32pm
Offensive lineman Justin Pugh decided Thursday to forgo his last year at Syracuse University and declare for the NFL draft in April.

Syracuse University football lost another key offensive player Thursday, as standout offensive lineman Justin Pugh declared via his Twitter account that he has decided to declare for the 2013 NFL draft with one year of eligibility left.

February 8, 2012 - 11:27pm
Of the 300-plus players at Lucas Oil Stadium from Feb. 22-28, four will be former Orange players

SU Athletics announced Wednesday that defensive end Chandler Jones, tight end Nick Provo, safety Phillip Thomas and offensive lineman Andrew Tiller were all invited to the 2012 NFL Combine. The event, which occurs every year before the NFL Draft, is set to be held in Indianapolis from Feb. 22-28 at Lucas Oil Stadium.

December 30, 2011 - 4:06pm
Chandler Jones will forgo his final year of eligibility and enter the NFL Draft.

After three years and 10.5 sacks, Syracuse defensive end Chandler Jones has decided to forgo his final year of eligibility at Syracuse University and enter the NFL draft. Jones, an All-Big East first team defender from Endicott, N.Y. played in seven games for the Orange this season and registered a team-high 4.5 sacks with 7.5 tackles for loss.

Jones made the announcement via his Twitter account at 3:30 p.m. on Friday.

October 6, 2011 - 9:40am
Despite the loss of Chandler Jones, the defensive end corps continues to make big plays. Now, as Jones returns to the practice field, the unit looks to become the strength of the Syracuse defense.


Going into this season, junior Chandler Jones was the player to watch on defense. After all, Jones was coming off a season with 57 tackles, four sacks and three forced fumbles. With five tackles and half a sack against Wake Forest, it seemed like Jones would pick up right where he left off.

September 15, 2011 - 4:44pm
Syracuse prepares for its rare trip to the west coast to play USC in what will be a homecoming of sorts for some California-bred players.

Defensive lineman Mikhail Marinovich at SU's media day. It’s been 44 years since the Syracuse University football team last visited the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Forty four years ago, in 1967, the Orange capped off an 8-2 season with a win against UCLA, who still played its home games at the Coliseum. 

September 12, 2011 - 11:58am
News and notes on Syracuse's Week 2 victory over Rhode Island.

-  My recap of Saturday’s game, which was previewed as a blowout in the making but turned into a hard-won 21-14 Orange victory over the Rhode Island Rams.

-  Attendance at the game was billed as 36,421, which seemed high considering the number of empty seats in the Carrier Dome.  

September 2, 2011 - 5:48pm
News and notes from Syracuse’s Week 1 victory against Wake Forest.

- My recap of last night’s game, which SU won 36-29 in overtime. “And if you wound up leaving, you missed a great game.” – Doug Marrone

August 31, 2011 - 5:06pm
Syracuse starts the 2011 regular season at home against Wake Forest, and Doug Marrone and company hope to open strong by shedding their woes at home.

Syracuse University’s first bowl win in nine years ushered in a new era for the Orange, or at least, fan hope it did. The win came in the inaugural after a controversial penalty helped SU hold on to beat Kansas State, earning them an 8-5 record, the program’s best finish since 2001.

April 16, 2011 - 4:30pm
The White squad beat the Blue squad Saturday in the Syracuse football Spring game, 13-7, in part to a one-yard touchdown run by tailback Antwon Bailey.

Syracuse head coach Doug Marrone decided to bring a change to this year’s spring game, which is normally just a scripted, glorified scrimmage. Instead, Marrone split his coaching staff and team into two and spent his time observing the two squads from about 15 yards behind the line of scrimmage.