Smith determined to follow in Bulluck's footsteps

LB Kelvin Smith is determined to help Syracuse improve and follow in the footsteps of a group of elite Orange alums.

Updated: April 27, 2006, 3:51 PM ET
By Joe Starkey | Special to
What's it like when your team finishes 1-10 to become the first team in the 116-year history of your school's football program to achieve double-digit losses?

"It sucks," said Syracuse middle linebacker Kelvin Smith.

Kelvin Smith
Jerome Davis/Icon SMI Kelvin Smith led the Orange with 84 tackles in 2005.
That much we might have guessed, but last season was especially hard on Smith because of his close ties to a group of eminent Syracuse alums. Guys like Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb, Indianapolis Colts defensive end Dwight Freeney and Tennessee Titans linebacker Keith Bulluck, who is Smith's uncle, won a lot of games at the Carrier Dome before moving on to NFL stardom.