2017 NFL Draft

Antwon Bailey, RB

School: Syracuse  |  Conference: BIGE
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Washington, DC
Height/Weight: 5-06 / 194 lbs.
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03/07/2012 - Far from the bright lights and glare of the NFL Scouting Combine held recently in Indianapolis, some 11 football players from last year's Syracuse University team -- and three others from the previous season -- will continue to chase their dreams Thursday at Manley Field House. Four former Orange players who attended the Combine two weeks ago -- Jones, tight end Nick Provo, offensive guard Andrew Tiller and safety Phillip Thomas -- already have had some contact with teams. For running back Antwon Bailey, however, Thursday yields a chance to show himself, up close, to the scouts who travel to Syracuse. Like his teammates who went to the Combine, the 5-foot-7, 197-pound Bailey spent January and most of February in Florida working with professional trainers. But last year's leading Orange rusher was left off of the Combine invite list, so Thursday is a big opportunity for him. "I've pretty much just been working my butt off every Monday through Friday, just trying to chase this dream," Bailey said of his extended Florida visit. "I'm focused on this 100 percent." While Bailey had a productive showing at the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl (48 yards rushing, one TD and three receptions in the Jan. 21 game) to add to his resume, Thursday's workout gives scouts a personal glimpse of a versatile back who can also catch and block. "I have a lot a film. These guys have seen what I can do," he said. "It's another shopping point for me, another place I can show myself to these guys." - Nolan Weidner, The Post-Standard

12/19/2011 - 2011 ALL-BIG EAST CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM (COACHES): RB Antwon Bailey, Syracuse, Sr., has been selected All-BIG EAST Conference First Team for the 2011 college football season as chosen by the league's eight head coaches. Bailey rushed for 1,051 yards this season, becoming the 15th player in SU history to rush for 1,000 yards in a season. His 2,144 career yards on the ground ranks him 16th all-time at Syracuse, and he is one of two BIG EAST running backs with six 100-yard games this season. The Landover, Md. native owns the record for career receptions by a running back (91) and career receiving yards by a running back (706). Bailey is one of four SU running backs in history to have four consecutive 100-yard rushing games, and had a career day against Cincinnati with 135 yards on the ground on 27 carries and five catches for 43 yards. - Syracuse football

11/11/2011 - SCOUTING THE OFFENSE: Running the ball has been the key to success this season, so Antwan Bailey can expect to see a lot of action. But the Orange would also like a repeat performance from Alec Lemon, who burst out with 157 receiving yards in the loss to UConn. PLAYERS TO WATCH: RB Antwan Bailey enters the week with 1,891 rushing yards in his Syracuse career. If he finishes Friday's game with more than 2,000, Syracuse will like its chances against the Bulls. - The Sports Xchange

09/30/2011 - SCOUTING THE OFFENSE: It's the most accurate passer in the Big East against one of the poorer secondaries according to the stat sheet, but that's a little misleading. Rutgers has been able to take full advantage of opposing mistakes, and is more than capable of turning an errant throw or dropped ball into scoring chances the other way. LOOKING GOOD: Hey look! It's a running game! Antwon Bailey had 114 yards on 28 carries, and Prince-Tyson Gulley added 66 yards on 10 carries. Syracuse has shown the ability to keep its head in close games and make the plays it needs to win, the difference between being 3-1 and perhaps 0-4. - The Sports Xchange

09/21/2011 - KEEP AN EYE ON: RB Antwon Bailey - Bailey didn't get many carries against USC, as the Orange spent the whole game playing from behind. He finished with just 11, turning them into 47 yards. However, he also got work as a receiver out of the backfield, catching five passes for 40 yards. - The Sports Xchange

09/21/2011 - THIS WEEK'S GAME: Toledo at Syracuse, Sept. 24 - The Rockets enter the game with a 1-2 record, but are more than capable of pulling off the upset. While the team is 0-2 all-time against the Orange, Toledo enters on a five-year streak with at least one win over a BCS opponent, and Syracuse is their last opportunity to extend that run. KEYS TO THE GAME: Move the ball down the field and convert on third downs and in the red zone. Syracuse has to score points to take pressure off its defense, particularly the secondary. The Orange are putting up some impressive numbers, but haven't always been able to convert drives into touchdowns and have too many stretches where the offense seems to lose confidence. There's still a lot of polishing left to do if Syracuse hopes to be a contender in the Big East. PLAYERS TO WATCH: RB Antwon Bailey has gone from being a third down back to the starter this season, but remains dangerous as a receiver out of the backfield. He's fifth in the Big East in rushing, and also caught five passes against USC to extend his school record for receptions by a running back. However, the Syracuse offense would benefit with an increase in rushing yards - while that ranking among conference RBs is impressive, he's averaging a pedestrian 68 yards a game. - The Sports Xchange

09/01/2011 - If Syracuse is going to improve on last season's 8-5 finish, it's critical to get off to a hot start. The Orange have a back-loaded schedule, which is positive in that it gives the newer players time to get adjusted to their roles before the Big East play heats up as the weather gets cold. A win over Wake in the opener would leave everyone confident about the team's prospects in 2011. A loss, and a lot of those good feelings can erode in a hurry. Syracuse picked Antwon Bailey, Adam Harris and Kevyn Scott as its captains for the 2011 season. Bailey is expected to start at tailback, while Scott comes back from an injury-plagued 2010 to anchor the secondary. Harris, a fullback, was selected as a representative of the special teams. - The Sports Xchange

08/13/2011 - BREAKOUT STAR: RB Antwon Bailey has looked good in his first three years in the backfield, averaging nearly five yards a carry on his way to 554 rushing yards in 2010 while also serving as a pass-catching weapon. But that was as a change of pace to featured back Delone Carter, who's now an Indianapolis Colt. He'll be counted on for much more this season, particularly if the injuries suffered by Prince Tyson-Gulley this offseason keep his primary backup on the sidelines. - The Sports Xchange

06/11/2011 - PLAYERS TO WATCH IN 2011: RB Antwon Bailey played behind Curtis Brinkley and then Delone Carter over the last three seasons and will get a shot to be the featured back. - The Sports Xchange

04/17/2011 - Antwon Bailey rushed for 118 yards and scored once to lead the White team past the Blue team 13-7 on Saturday as the Syracuse Orange finished spring practice with a real game for the first time in more than two decades. Bailey, who will take Delone Carter's place as the featured tailback, also caught three passes for 16 yards. Starting quarterback Ryan Nassib was 15 of 24 for 227 yards, but was sacked twice and threw an interception in the first quarter that Kevyn Scott returned 33 yards for the Blue team's lone touchdown. Ryan Lichtenstein kicked two field goals, but also missed from 33 and 25 yards, while Shane Raupers handled all the punting, averaging just over 37 yards on 11 kicks. The game attracted a Carrier Dome crowd of 4,206 on a blustery spring day. - AP Sports

04/07/2011 - The wait is finally over for Antwon Bailey. After three seasons of playing second-string much too often, he's ready to be the go-to guy in the Syracuse backfield. "Waiting my turn was a tough process. I'm not going to lie, especially at the beginning," said Bailey, 2007 Gatorade Player of the Year in the Washington, D.C. metro area and a three-time MVP at St. John's College High School. "Coming out of high school and being the man - any running back coming into the position I was in it would be hard, especially knowing that you can play at this level and play at a high level." Bailey, a shifty, multi-talented back, scored 45 touchdowns and rushed for 2,878 yards in high school, and as a senior captain he gained 1,356 yards on 175 carries, scored 23 touchdowns, and also averaged 33 yards on punt returns. But when he enrolled at Syracuse, Curtis Brinkley, Delone Carter and Averin Collier were in the pecking order ahead of him, and he had to bide his time despite showing flashes of brilliance. As a freshman in 2008, he led Syracuse with 126 yards rushing on 16 carries and scored once in a 24-23 victory over Notre Dame. His 26-yard scoring run up the middle in the fourth quarter sparked an Orange comeback in their lone road win of the season. Bailey had two starts as a sophomore and keyed a stunning 31-13 win at home over No. 25 Rutgers with 181 all-purpose yards. - AP Sports


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