American Football

Justin Lustig, Syracuse footballer, one of the assistant coaches to watch in 2019

Justin Lustig, a Syracuse footballer, is the assistant coach to watch in 2019, according to Bruce Feldman of The Athletic.

Feldman drew up a list of the country's top assistant coaches that teams looking for a new head coach could try to target, and Lustig made an appearance.

Here's what Feldman had to say:

One of the best-kept secrets of Power 5 football, Lustig is considered by his peers to be one of the best STCs in football overall. He chose to stay with Dino Babers instead of possibly going to Penn State. He also has impressive head coaching skills, having turned a 0-11 Division II program in Edinboro into a 9-2 program after taking office. The turnaround was the largest in the history of Division II. He spent five years at Ball State and will probably be a good option for cardinals or other MAC schools if they opt for a coaching change.

Lustig was promoted to the position of assistant head coach by Dino Babers in February, but is also coordinator of the SU's special teams / coach of the receivers.

Lustig received much of the merit from the outstanding special teams from the American League and was nominated for the Broyles Award in 2018, awarded to the country's best assistant coach.

In 2018, Syracuse finished No. 2 in the S & P + Standings for the Football Outsiders Special Teams and No. 6 in the ESPN Special Team Effectiveness Ranking.

The strong SU teams played in SU in 2018 were crowned by unanimous season kicker Andre Szmyt and a Lou Groza Award.

Szmyt and bettor Sterling Hofrichter have been named to the 2019 watch list of the country's best kicker and punter. Both have also been named all-ACC preseason selections.


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