In a move that will be disappointing to some, but surprising to few, sophomore running back Jordan Fredericks will reportedly transfer from the Syracuse football program, according to Matt Schneidman of the Daily Orange.
Syracuse running back Jordan Fredericks will transfer, his mother tells @DOsports. He's the fifth player to do so this season.
— Matt Schneidman (@matt_schneidman) December 12, 2016
Fredericks is one of the more high profile players who has decided to leave the team, along with starting cornerback Corey Winfield. Fredericks burst onto the scene as a true freshman, leading Syracuse in 607 yards and scoring four touchdowns. His 607 yards were the best on the team in 2015.
However, this season he was relegated to third string status, getting just 28 carries all season, picking up 139 yards without finding the endzone as fellow true sophomore Dontae Strickland as well as true freshman Moe Neal both passed him for playing time. With both players back next season, as well as the addition of class of 2017 running backs Markenzy Pierre, BJ Daniels, and Allen Stritzinger, the writing certainly seemed to be on the wall.
It remains to be seen why Fredericks fell down the depth chart, but the reports were that he came to camp a bit out of shape this spring, which put him behind his teammates, and apparently was just not a fit for the Dino Babers offense.
Good luck to Fredericks wherever he lands, as he’s a talented runner who just got caught in a numbers game, ultimately.