19 Syracuse football players grew up in Florida, which braces for Hurricane Irma
Jessica Sheldon | Staff Photographer
As Hurricane Irma sweeps across the Bahamas and Cuba, Syracuse football players with ties to the state of Florida expressed concern for friends and family in the area. Irma, a deadly storm threatening to ravage Florida with destruction not seen in a generation, is responsible for at least 20 deaths in the Caribbean.
Of the 105 Syracuse football players rostered, 19 grew up in Florida and 20, including the 19 natives, attended high school in state, most both, including senior wide receiver Steve Ishmael, freshman running back Markenzy Pierre and junior tight end Ravian Pierce.
“It’s a little situation going on out at home right now, with the Hurricane,” said Pierce, a native of Plantation, Florida. “They are trying to prepare for all of that.”
Syracuse will make visits later in the season to Florida State and Miami. The Seminoles postponed their home game Saturday and Miami’s game has been canceled due to the impending storm.
This doesn't feel real looking at this, praying everyone is going to be okay back home 🙏 pic.twitter.com/iMjCnTDkTf
— Sam Clausman (@SamClausman) September 8, 2017
Hundreds of thousands of people across Florida fled their homes this week via evacuation routes to escape Irma’s wrath. The National Hurricane Center said Irma will approach South Florida by Sunday morning, with heavy rain and high winds.
“Irma is likely to make landfall in Florida as a dangerous major hurricane, and will bring life-threatening wind impacts to much of the state regardless of the exact track of the center,” the National Hurricane Center said Friday.
The center said that Irma remained “extremely dangerous,” with winds up to 150 miles per hour. The Florida Keys are at risk of “life-threatening inundation.”
To all in Florida I will be praying🙏🏾
— Devon Clarke 1️⃣1️⃣ (@wolf_gangclarke) September 6, 2017
The center also said that Irma was expected “to remain a powerful Category 4 hurricane as it approaches Florida.”
Florida Gov. Rick Scott said Irma would be “way bigger than Andrew,” referring to the most destructive hurricane to hit the state.
Everybody back home pls be safe🙏🏾
— Cordell D. Hudson🐺 (@Dellydubz) September 8, 2017
Syracuse players from Florida:
Ravian Pierce, junior TE, Plantation
Antwan Cordy, redshirt junior DB, Homestead
Steve Ishmael, senior WR, Miami
Juwan Dowels, redshirt senior DB, Sunrise
Devon Clarke, redshirt freshman DB, Kissimmee
Rex Culpepper, redshirt freshman QB, Tampa
Scoop Bradshaw, sophomore DB, Tampa
Cordell Hudson, redshirt junior DB, Largo
Markenzy Pierre, freshman RB, Orlando
Nadarius Fagan, freshman LB, Goulds
Sterling Hofrichter, redshirt sophomore P/K, Valrico
Kenneth Ruff, sophomore DL, Lauderhill
Samuel Clausman, redshirt sophomore OL, Pembroke Pines
Colin Byrne, redshirt sophomore OL, Coral Springs
Sean Avant, redshirt senior WR, Miramar
Adly Enoicy, redshirt junior WR, Delray Beach
Sharod Johnson, freshman WR, Miami
Aaron Hackett, freshman TE, Venice
McKinley Williams, sophomore DL, Miramar
Published on September 8, 2017 at 7:36 pm