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      The Orange Zone - Countdown to Kickoff 2013

      Watch CNY Centralâ??s preseason football special â??The Orange Zone: Countdown to Kickoff 2013â?? in the video player above as you gear up for Syracuse University Football to kick off its first game in the ACC.

      The one hour kickoff special is co-hosted by CNY Centralâ??s Niko Tamurian and Fayetteville-Manlius head coach Damien Rhodes. They are joined by CNY Centralâ??s Tom Eschen and Kellie Cowan.

      Join CNY Central and Damien Rhodes for â??The Orange Zoneâ?? each Thursday night at 7:00 p.m. on CW6 beginning in September.

      Rhodes graduated from F-M high school in 2002 and was a standout running back at Syracuse University , rushing over 2,400 yards. He played in the NFL for the Houston Texans and for NFL Europe's Berlin Thunder. Rhodes was the Hornetsâ?? defensive coordinator before joining F-M as an assistant coach in 2008.

      During the kickoff special, weâ??ll take a look at the upcoming season, the evolution of the SU coaching staff, new head coach Scott Shafer, and the battle for the starting quarterback position. (Read Niko Tamurian's predictions for the season.)

      CNY Central is home to ACC football and basketball in Central New York, with exclusive broadcast rights to a select number of Syracuse Orange menâ??s football and basketball games.

      Visit CNY Centralâ??s ACC page for videos, game schedules, and a list of where you can catch all the Orange action.

      Join our conversation about SU sports using #TheOrangeZone on Twitter and Facebook.