Scott Shafer

August 29, 2014 - 11:37am
Elected as SU team captain, the fifth-year senior will be a key piece of the Orange's improved offensive attack.

As opening night of the 2014 Syracuse football season speeds ever closer, a lot of fanfare surrounds the debut of the Orange’s improved up-tempo offense.

That’s just how senior left tackle and co-captain Sean Hickey likes it.

August 13, 2014 - 11:53pm
Syracuse fans given inside look before the 2014 season.

It was all about the next generation late Saturday afternoon at Syracuse’s annual FanFest.

In what has become a yearly tradition, SU opened practice for an afternoon dedicated to fans that support the team each season. This year, more than 1,500 attended the event.

August 2, 2014 - 9:20pm
A chronic hip injury has ended the fifth-year senior's Orange tenure.

Syracuse head coach Scott Shafer was full of optimism during Saturday's football media day at Manley Field House, but he did have one piece of bad news to report.

Senior kicker Ross Krautman will miss the entire 2014 season because of a lingering hip injury, Shafer announced during his opening press conference.

August 2, 2014 - 8:17pm
Orange players and head coach Scott Shafer expecting improved offense and win total.

“Excitement” seemed to be the most popular word thrown around Syracuse University’s 2014 football media day at Manley Field House on Saturday afternoon.

In front of more than 25 media members, Orange head coach Scott Shafer talked about the excitement and expectations surrounding the program prior to his second year at the helm.

“I probably slept the best I’ve slept last night,” Shafer said. “I finally got to get in front of them as a group and talk to them about all that we’re looking to forward to…we’re fired up about the future.”

July 28, 2014 - 5:06pm
Syracuse head football coach sets season goal of eight victories during ESPN visit Monday.

Syracuse clawed its way to a bowl game last season, the school's first in the ACC, but head coach Scott Shafer is expecting even more in 2014.

Shafer joined Florida State's Jimbo Fisher, Louisville's Bobby Petrino and four other ACC coaches as part of ESPN's mid-summer "car wash" on Monday. The annual event invites coaches from around the country to appear across multiple platforms at the network's Bristol, Conn., headquarters.

April 19, 2014 - 5:46pm
Austin Wilson, one of four quarterbacks to play Saturday, scored two second-half touchdowns to push the Offense past the defense.

It wasn’t quite football on Saturday at the Carrier Dome, but for the 4,071 fans in attendance who sat through a very long winter, the 2014 SU Football Spring Game was enough. The Offense beat the Defense, 34-27, thanks to two second-half touchdown passes from sophomore quarterback Austin Wilson.

April 16, 2014 - 5:44pm
Football players will alternate between all-blue, all-white or all-grey uniforms throughout next year.

Every day, SU head coach Scott Shafer said he’d walk down the hallway next to his office and see how the program, the players and the uniforms have changed over the years. And Wednesday at Destiny USA, Shafer and the team unveiled a new look the Orange will wear during the 2014-2015 season.

February 5, 2014 - 10:32am
Scott Shafer and company welcomed 22 new recruits on National Signing Day, as well as three 2013 signees who joined the team this January.

One week after head coach Scott Shafer concluded National Signing Day in 2013, he immediately looked toward the 2014 recruiting class.

His focus was to find high character young men who fit the SU system as well as balance out each position across the board.

“We really needed to find a balance,” Shafer said during a press conference Wednesday, “and we did that.”

January 22, 2014 - 4:44pm
After winning its third bowl game in four years, Syracuse will play some of the best teams in 2013, including Florida State, Louisville and Duke in the Carrier Dome.

The Orange look to build off a solid 2013 football campaign with a pretty tough 2014 schedule.

After year that saw 11 Atlantic Coast Conference (12 if your count the impending inclusion of Louisville in 2014) play in bowl games, the Orange face eight of them next season, according to the SU Athletic Department

SU plays its season opener against former Big East rival Villanova on Saturday August 30 in the Carrier Dome.

December 28, 2013 - 12:46am
The Orange contained the Minnesota offense and did not allow a 100-yard rusher for the 13th-straight game. But it was the touchdown from Hunt in the last minute of the game that sealed the win.

It was another defensive battle for Syracuse in Houston as the Orange pulled out a fourth quarter win over Minnesota on Friday, beating the Gophers 21-17 at the 2013 Texas Bowl to remain perfect in its two bowl games ever played in Texas.

“Well you know they say, ‘Don’t mess with Texas,’ well ‘Don’t mess with Syracuse in Texas,’ is what we say,” said Syracuse head coach Scott Shafer jokingly after the game.