As the transfer portal becomes a normal part of life in college football, Syracuse has had both its successes and disappointments. This week, former Syracuse defensive back Ja’Had Carter announced he was transferring to Ohio State, fresh off a disappointing loss in the College Football Playoffs. Other Orange players in the portal include Duce Chestnut, Josh Hough, Courtney Jackson and Dom Foster.
But the Orange has also gotten back plenty of talented players in the portal, and three may be starters on the 2023 team. Of course, we already know about Chris Bleich, the Orange’s incumbent starting right guard who transferred from Florida. In December, the Orange also added left tackle Joe More from Richmond and Hutchinson CC interior lineman J’Onre Reed. Both should be strong candidates to replace outgoing linemen Matthew Bergeron and Dakota Davis.
We chatted with Reed on this week’s The Juice on the Cuse Podcast on a variety of topics, including why he committed to the Orange, his relationship with offensive line coach Mike Lynch, and where he gets his natural leadership skills from. Along the way, we also discover why he earned the nickname ‘The General’ and his ultimate goals at Syracuse.
If this quote doesn’t make you instantly like Reed, I don’t know what will: “I just want to be great,” Reed said. “I want to be known when I leave Syracuse. When I say I played at Syracuse, I don’t want people to say, ‘Oh when?’ No. (They’ll say) ‘We know who you are.’ I want to be a known Syracuse player.”
Afterward, editor in chief Brad Bierman calls in to chat about SU’s narrow 70-69 win over Louisville on Tuesday. Brad gives a lot of credit to Joe Girard, who scored a game-high 28 points and has been on a tear since his brief three-game slump in December.
You can listen to our whole conversation by following “The Juice on the Cuse Podcast,” a Syracuse Orange podcast, by subscribing to the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts.