ORONO — Bucksport’s David Gross will continue his football career at the college level next season when he plays for the University of Maine.Gross, a senior lineman at Bucksport, announced via social media Sunday that he had committed to the Black Bears. The senior traveled to Orono on Saturday for his official campus visit.“It has been a dream of mine to be a Division I athlete since I started playing, and now that I get to play for my home state, [it] makes it so much more special,” Gross wrote on Twitter. “After talking with my family, it was a no-brainer on my commitment.The commitment to Maine came one week after Gross won the Frank. J. Gaziano Memorial Offensive Lineman Award. The award is given annually to a lineman who displays “strong leadership on the field, in the classroom and in the community.”This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textGross was named Little Ten Conference Player of the Year, Offensive Lineman of the Year and Defensive Lineman of the Year after leading the Golden Bucks to a 9-1 season and Northern Maine title in 2019.At UMaine, Gross will join former Bucksport teammate Carter Tolmasoff, who was named LTC Player of the Year in 2018. Tolmasoff redshirted for the Black Bears in 2019.
Syracuse (4-7, 2-5 atlantic Coast) goes down to Heinz Field for its last game of the season against Pittsburgh (7-4, 4-3) Saturday at 12:30 p.m. The Orange is coming off a 45-14 beat down by Florida State, while the Panthers won, 56-14, over Duke.Tomer Langer (5-3)Squeezed outPittsburgh 34, Syracuse 14With some spots still open, Syracuse still has a chance to make a bowl game if it makes to five wins, but it’s unlikely that’ll happen. Overall, head coach Dino Babers’ first year went about as expected. The biggest question mark now is the health of quarterback Eric Dungey. SU has been banged up a lot this year, especially down the stretch, and a lot of other key players missed games. But, assuming Dungey doesn’t play, this will be the second straight season he misses the last several games with some sort of “upper-body injury.” And the only thing that’s maybe even more concerning than his injuries is to what lengths the team’s gone to try to conceal it.Chris Libonati (8-3)On the prowlPittsburgh 38, Syracuse 17I had Syracuse as a 5-7 team at the beginning of the season, and I stand by my thinking that SU would have gotten there had Eric Dungey not gotten hurt. But the reality is that he did. Pitt’s biggest weakness is its pass defense, and I’m just not sure that Zack Mahoney has enough tools to take advantage of that. The Orange doesn’t get its fifth win and narrowly misses a bowl game.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textJon Mettus (8-3)Hail 2 PittPittsburgh 48, Syracuse 14Babers’ first year will come to an end Saturday with a loss to Pittsburgh. Because of the win over Virginia Tech and 4-4 record at one point, it’ll be a disappointment when the Orange misses a bowl game. But remember, at 4-8 SU is exactly where we (or at least I) expected it to be. SU has dealt with massive injuries on both sides of the ball yet still made progress. Get ready for the fun part: Year 2. Comments Published on November 25, 2016 at 10:33 pm Facebook Twitter Google+