Alex Hayes dismissed, Ben Lewis leaves program and other notes from Syracuse football’s updated roster

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 19, 2016 at 6:52 pm Contact Paul: | @pschweds Syracuse junior offensive lineman Alex Hayes is no longer a part of the team due to a violation of team rules, SU Athletics confirmed on Friday. Though still listed in the student directory, Hayes was not included on the Orange’s updated 2016 roster, which came out on Friday.At the beginning of last season, Hayes was listed as the backup left guard. He slipped out of the two-deep depth chart by the end of the season and leaves a position group that will be replacing three of five starters.After redshirting in 2013, Hayes played in three games the following year and just one this past season.Here’s some other news and notes from Syracuse’s new rosterBen Lewis leaves programAdvertisementThis is placeholder textSenior Ben Lewis is also no longer listed on the updated roster after choosing to “retire,” because of health concerns, he confirmed to The Daily Orange. Lewis redshirted in 2012 and then played wide receiver the following two seasons. Last year, he transitioned to the hybrid position.The would-be fifth-year senior missed three games last season due to injury. He ranked fourth on the team in receiving with 208 yards on 18 catches. In his career, Lewis caught 43 passes for 490 yards and two touchdowns. Every other receiver that caught a pass for Syracuse last season will return.“Just my body,” Lewis said of his decision to stop playing in a text message. “I had a lot of injuries and I don’t know if I could hold up another season considering how much of a toll football takes on your body. Also, I’m graduating in May and am ready for the next stage of my life after football.”Hybrids Ervin Philips, Dontae Strickland and Tyrone Perkins switch positionsFormer hybrids Ervin Philips, Dontae Strickland and Tyrone Perkins are listed as running backs/wide receivers. At first, the updated roster listed Strickland and Perkins as tight ends.The hybrid no longer exists in head coach Dino Babers’ offense. The 5-foot-11, 179-pound Philips rushed for 234 yards on 41 carries last season. In just nine games, he also caught 29 passes for 286 yards.Strickland is listed at 5 feet, 11 inches and 194 pounds. He caught nine passes for 137 yards while also running for 81 yards on 21 carries.Perkins spent most of last season on special teams after recovering from an ACL injury in his senior year of high school. He’s listed at 6 feet and 208 pounds.Kenneth Ruff and Trey Dunkelberger move to defensive lineFreshman Kenneth Ruff, who was recruited as a linebacker, and junior Trey Dunkelberger, who played tight end last season, are both listed at defensive line on the updated roster. Both tweeted recently that they will be moving to defensive end. Prior to the moves, SU’s defensive end group was down to just two members, redshirt freshmen Kenny Carter and Jake Pickard, neither of which have played in a college game.Ruff is listed at 6 feet 1 inch and 250 pounds. The 6-foot-5, 238-pound Dunkelberger played sparingly in his sophomore season after transferring from Pierce College and didn’t catch a single pass.The Orange did bring in defensive ends Jaquwan Nelson, Josh Black and Kendall Coleman in its 2016 recruiting class, but at Babers’ Signing Day press conference, he recognized it’s still a position of need.“I can tell you this … that we need every able capable man that can play,” Babers said. “We’re even looking for more players. We may put an ad out in the school newspaper, see what we can get out of the fraternities.”Other notesAfter bouncing around between quarterback, wide receiver and defensive back, sophomore Kenterius Womack is listed as a wide receiver.Senior Alex Grossman is listed as a kicker after walking onto the team before spring practice begins. Commentslast_img read more

Top 5 performing Ghanaians in European leagues

first_imgThe top five European leagues – England, France, Italy, Spain and Germany – have been keenly contested so far with some interesting results so far.Spain,Italy and England have been close with few points separating the top clubs but in France and Germany  the top sides seem to have a little advantage over the chasing packGhanaians players have so far been scattered across these top leagues. But which five of these have been outstanding so far heading into the second international break of the season.DEDE AYEWHis long awaited move to the Premier League materialized over the summer and much was expected from the Black Stars deputy captain and he has not failed to deliver.Four goals in his first eight matches is a fantastic return considering the difficulty of the league. To make issues more interesting, three of the four goals – 75% – have come with headers. Again, three out of these four goals have been against last season’s top six (Chelsea, Manchester United and Tottenham).His impressive start saw him claim the Barclays Premiership Player of the Month in August. Despite having cooled off a wee bit in September, he resumed normal service in October grabbing Swansea’s first goal against Tottenham.So far, so good for Dede, and more will expected from him as the season wears on especially during the December period where matches come in thick and fast.JEFFREY SCHLUPP Schlupp is one of the least mentioned Black Stars players but he is arguably the most consistent player in the Stars set-up.Week in, week out, the Leicester has performed his role admirably be it as left back or left wing. Blessed with considerable pace, the left footed player is hardly beaten by opponents in a league where most games are frantic.His winner on Saturday was testament to his non stop running all season. Baba Rahman and Andre Ayew’s inclusion in the Black Stars will possibly still keep Schlupp out of the side, but if Baba continues to be a bench warmer at Stamford Bridge, Schlupp could be considered for a starting berth.EMMANUEL AGYEMAN BADU The former Asante Kotoko man has been one of the standout performers in a sluggish start for Udinese.Despite getting injured in their opening day victory over Juventus, Agyeman Badu has bounced back strongly to score two goals over the course of an early season.The former U-20 World Cup winner was rumored to be joining Stoke over the summer but never materialized. All the same, he has kept a cool head to emerge as one of the leading figures of Udinese. Two goals in six matches is an impressive turnout for a player who uses his energy all over the pitch. If he maintains such good form, his wish to move to the Premier League will be a reality sooner rather than later.ABDUL MAJEED WARIS One of many Ghanaians who moved during the summer and he has taken over exactly where his compatriot Jordan Ayew left off for Lorient.Waris is arguably one of the natural number ‘9s’ the country currently possess but has been hampered by injury time and again. Even in France this season, he has had a few weeks off the pitch nursing an injury.Once on the pitch, it is back to what he is doing best and that is finding the back of the net.Waris knows the way to go and that has been evidenced by his two goals in his first five Ligue 1 matches. He was a constant threat yesterday as he tormented the Bordeaux defence all night. He won a penalty last night and stepped up to duly convert.The former Right to Dream Academy trainee has been nominated for his clubs Best Player of the month in September and this is testament to his impressive form at the beginning of the European season. AFRIYIE ACQUAHThe Torino hard man just like Agyemang Badu has been one of the mainstays in an impressive start to the season by the Turin side.Acquah has been strong pillar in the engine room of Torino adding grit and steel defensively as well as an additional presence upfront.His main task has been pulling the strings in the middle and covering grounds, something which he has done to perfection so far. The added bonus to his fine start has been his goal scored this season. For a youngster who has been in the news for not so pleasant reasons, he has kept his composure and mental fortitude to produce consistent and polished displays week in, week out. Despite his side going down this weekend, Afriyie still received praise from his boss. “Acquah did do well, he was the only player who could cover all the roles in midfield,” Giampero Ventura said.That has been the high levels set by Acquah this season.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more