Shafer focuses on Syracuse Football's tradition

By Travis Eldridge

Shafer focuses on Syracuse Football's tradition

July 23, 2013 Updated Jul 23, 2013 at 11:51 PM EDT

Greensboro, NC (WBNG Binghamton) New Syracuse head coach Scott Shafer focused on the program's tradition when talking about recruiting for the Orange at the ACC Football Kickoff this week.

Shafer said he doesn't think Syracuse is ever going to have the top recruiting class in the country, but that the team can compete by developing players.

He also added, there's been a pretty long list of notable former players.

"If I said to you, who's the last great player to play at Syracuse that you really liked. You would go around the room and hear people chirping," said Shafer. "Donovan McNabb, Dwight Freeney, Chandler Jones, Arthur Jones, Rob Moore back in the day. Hell, Jim Brown and Ernie Davis well before our time. So we have great tradition. The thing we want to do is that we always understand who we are, embrace it and not apologize for who we are."

Syracuse kicks off the season on August 31 against Penn State at MetLife Stadium.

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