John Raymon was off to a promising start to his Syracuse career during the 2013 season. He had seven tackles, 1.5 sacks and a blocked field goal through the first seven games of the year. Then, he suffered a horrific knee injury against Georgia Tech that left his future in doubt.
He would miss the remained of that campaign, and was deemed to be a longshot to play in 2014.
On Wednesday, Raymon and the Orange received some positive news. According to Stephen Bailey of Syracuse.com, Raymon is available to play against Louisville. How much he can contribute or how many snaps he will play is unknown, and it is reasonable to think it may take some time to become a regular part of the rotation.
That said, depth at defensive tackle is certainly a welcomed development for an Orange defensive line that can use reinforcements in the middle.
Raymon has overcome so much in his life just to be at Syracuse. He survived parental abuse, bullying and other hardships as a child. Now he has another chance to play the game that he loves. Expectations should be quelled initially, but this is only good news for Raymon and the Orange.