Sometimes, timing is everything. That proved to be the case with Trey Dunkelberger, the Syracuse tight end who came in as a junior college transfer and was thought to be in line for a big role with the Orange under head coach Scott Shafer.

But Bobby Acosta, who had been Dunkelberger’s biggest advocate, moved from coaching tight ends to wide receivers, and then there was, of course, the complete staff turnover following 2015. Now, Dunkelberger will be leaving the program in search of one final opportunity to show what he can do on the field as a graduate transfer.

Word of Dunkelberger’s impending departure leaked out last night on Twitter.

The 6-foot-5, 235 pound Dunkelberger never got a chance to make much of an impact with the Orange, with some injuries playing a role in limiting his contributions in his first season with the Orange. This year, Dunkelberger switched to defensive end for spring practice, before jumping back in with the tight ends during the summer. However, he hasn’t gotten into any games this season.

The athletic pass catcher was also an ACC Honor Roll selection in 2015, and is a member of the SU Athletics Director Honor Roll, as well. He should be immediately eligible as a graduate transfer next season.

In any event, good luck to Trey as he moves on from the Orange. I’ve had some (limited) interactions with both he and his parents, and he comes across as a really good young man from a strong family. Here’s hoping for the best for him, wherever he lands.

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