Three Enroll At SU

Syracuse welcomed three new players to its team today as defensive tackle Mike Sklarosky, offensive tackle Kurt Falke and quarterback Joe Fields officially enrolled at the school and will begin participating in SU's winter conditioning and spring practice.<br><br>

Sklarosky who is from Wilkes-Barre, PA transferred to Syracuse from Lackawanna College where he was a 2003 NJCAA honorable mention All-American. A two-year starter at Lackawanna, Sklarosky was the team's second-leading tackler in 2003 with 61 tackles. He also had seven sacks, one interception, one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries. He recorded 49 tackles, including 34 unassisted stops, and two fumble recoveries in 2002. Sklarosky was a three year starter as an offensive and defensive tackle at Coughlin High School. He also played baseball and basketball.

Falke (Bellville, Texas) played for Blinn (Texas) College in 2003, where his team posted a 7-3 record, including a 4-3 mark in the Southwest Junior College Football Conference. Falke played offensive tackle at Blinn where he blocked for Derrick Ross, who led the SWJCFC and ranked third in the country with 1,629 rushing yards on 208 carries for an average of 7.8 yards per attempt. He is from Bellville, Texas.

Fields (Houston, TX) joins the Orangemen after graduating from Washington (Texas) High School in three-and-one-half years. He is the first-ever Orange football student-athlete to enroll in January after graduating early from high school. At Washington the quarterback earned all-district honors as a sophomore and junior and was named the district Most Valuable Player as a junior. As a senior, he completed 97 of 187 passes for 1,823 yards and 17 touchdowns and rushed 88 times for 492 yards and two touchdowns. During his junior year, he completed 92 of 188 passes for 1,492 yards and 15 touchdowns and rushed 69 times for 666 yards and 11 touchdowns. Fields also played basketball at Washington, averaging 11 points and eight rebounds per game as a shooting guard.

"I know I have a chance to compete for the starting quarterback spot and look forward to beginning practice," Fields said.

The National Letter of Intent signing day for football is Wednesday, February 4, 2004.

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