NCF Nation: Louie Addazio

BC adds two with ties to Addazio

February, 6, 2013
Boston College added two players pretty familiar with coach Steve Addazio on signing day.

Louie Addazio -- his son -- has transferred to the Eagles from Syracuse; while former Florida offensive lineman Matt Patchan has also transferred to the school.

Louie Addazio, a tight end, signed with Syracuse in 2011 but never played a down for the Orange because of injury. Patchan also has been hampered by injury throughout his career. Still, he has played and does bring game experience to the Boston College offensive line, an area in need of an upgrade.

Patchan, who began his career at Florida playing for Addazio, played in 27 games for the Gators, though he missed all of last season because of injury. He is immediately eligible to play for the Eagles because of the NCAA's graduate transfer rule.

What to watch in the Big East: Week 13

November, 21, 2012
All eight teams are in action this weekend. Enjoy the leftovers while watching.

1. Does Alec Lemon keep it going? The Syracuse wideout has been unstoppable the past five games, hauling in 41 receptions for 727 yards, including his 244-yard output Saturday, when he clinched the final-seconds victory at Missouri with the winning touchdown catch. Not coincidentally, the Orange are 4-1 in their past five games.

2. A family affair on Black Friday: Temple coach Steve Addazio won't get to spend Thanksgiving dinner with his son Louie, an injured Syracuse tight end. Steve joked that the two wouldn't talk much this week. And while not having to devise a game plan for dealing with his son might take away some of the awkwardness, how they interact during Friday's matchup could be fun.

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Steve Mitchell/US PresswireSouth Florida is down to third-string quarterback Matt Floyd for its visit to Cincinnati.
3. Your turn, Matt: South Florida really has nowhere else to turn now. B.J. Daniels and Bobby Eveld are out for the season, and in steps Matt Floyd, who doesn't have much to lose as his 3-7 Bulls visit a Cincinnati team coming off a tough home loss a week earlier.

4. Cincinnati's offensive response: Coach Butch Jones said his team's three-point showing in a home loss to Rutgers was unacceptable. Brendon Kay looks like he'll start a third consecutive game under center after hurting his non-throwing elbow, and he'll have a chance to pick apart one of the worst passing defenses in the country.

5. UConn looks to keep it going: The Huskies have had a week to relish their 24-point explosion (by their standards) in a win over Pitt on Nov. 10. The task is considerably harder at Louisville, and this matchup is all the more interesting given the recent bickering over which school is more attractive to potential suitors from other conferences. (Though this contest will have absolutely nothing to do with whatever happens.)

6. What's UL do on the ground? Louisville has had two weeks to recover from its first loss of the season, but we'll find out Saturday if the Cardinals have an answer in the backfield after losing Senorise Perry for the season. Jeremy Wright (680 rushing yards, nine touchdowns) will look to fill the big shoes.

7. Rutgers has a game this weekend: A pretty big one, too. Amidst all the off-the-field news that's accompanied the Scarlet Knights' move to the Big Ten, the team has a chance to clinch at least a share of the Big East title this weekend at Pitt. Remember, the Big East?

8. Does Pitt play up to its opponent? The Panthers stand in the way. They were a few bad breaks away from ruining Notre Dame's perfect season three weeks ago, and now they face the conference's first-place team while needing to win out to extend their season to a bowl game. It will also be interesting to see Ray Graham face his brother Khaseem Greene, as the two are among the conference's best players this season.

Syracuse recruiting analysis

February, 3, 2011

The class

2011 signees: 27

Top prospects: Tight end Louie Addazio has good bloodlines; he's the son of former Florida and Syracuse assistant and current Temple coach Steve Addazio. Linebacker Cameron Lynch is a tackling machine who had a whopping 188 stops as a senior in Georgia. Ashton Broyld was a star quarterback in Rochester, N.Y., who has the athletic ability to switch to a different position if needed.

Needs met: Syracuse badly needed offensive playmakers and added some guys with speed at wideout and running back. The program also needed more depth, especially after losing a large senior class; the 27-man class should help in that area.

Analysis: This looks like Doug Marrone's best class in his three years at Syracuse. The Orange disappointingly missed on a couple of superstars they had a chance of landing in Ishaq Williams (Notre Dame) and Kevin McReynolds (UCLA). Getting a player of that caliber must be the goal going forward. But Marrone has made inroads in keeping more talented New York players home and should be able to build on 2010's breakthrough season with this class.

What Marrone said: "Our goal going into this season with this recruiting class, which I think is important, is speed first. That’s the number one thing I wanted to bring into our program. The second thing that we were looking for was we wanted a bigger team. We wanted to get more range in the athletes that we were bringing in. We think we accomplished that with the height and weight of a lot of the players we’ve brought in."

Scouts Inc. grade: C