Syracuse Spring Football: Second Day, Play-By-Play

Editor's Note: SU student Nick Toney was on hand to cover Spring Practice on Thursday. It's his first of many posts to come for TNIAAM. Welcome him with open arms.

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There were two fights, Ryan Nassib caught fire, and I didn’t get a faceful of Marrone for sneaking a few drills on video. All in all, great stuff from the new-look (and less snowed-in) Manley Fieldhouse. Here were the highlights:

4:40 PM: Junior wideout Alec Lemon looks like he needs to down a hamburger—or six—but the guy has soft hands. He catches a couple floaters from Nassib and QB John Kinder.

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4:49 PM: Missing Ryan Bartholomew? In the early goings, the Center-QB exchanges look sloppy. Three snaps hit the floor: one from Nassib, one from John Kinder, and one from Jonny Miller. Center Macky MacPherson won't be returning anytime soon if he keeps this up. 

4:57 PM: New starters Dan Vaughan and Mario Tull (until Brice Hawkes gets better) show a lot of blitz (see below) looks from outside linebacker. Pressure on the passer is awesome, but later, running back Prince-Tyson Gulley gashes the D on two draw plays when the ‘backers overcommit.

4:58 PM: Noticed that Nassib is looking for sophomore tight end Beckett Wales a lot. Also notice Beckett Wales is a name best served for SU crew.

5:07 PM: Weird, but cool way to teach D-lineman to stay low. "The Chute" is supposed to keep form intact.

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5:19 PM: Nassib’s throwing darts in the skeleton drill. He’s looking for his tight ends A LOT. Senior Nick Provo catches a deep crossing route, then a swing pass in consecutive snaps. No love for the wideouts…

5:26 PM: …until Pinstripe Bowl wizard Marcus Sales nabs a bomb off play-action.

5:40 PM: The renovations in Manley are nice, but they’re cramped. Kicker Ryan Lichtenstein’s booting a few balls into a practice net less than 5 yards away from O-line drills. He doesn’t look pleased.

5:51 PM: Everyone looks good without pads, but Sales (below) looks great. He goes the distance on another play-action go route. Nassib follows that up with a difficult weak-side bootleg throw to Prince-Tyson Gulley. He goes 40 yards untouched.

5:52 PM: Speaking of Gulley, HCDM doesn’t mind throwing a few screens his way. He throws a nasty juke at linebacker Dyshawn Davis. Nice to know the little guy can move.

5:59 PM: Not to be outdone, starting running back Antwon Bailey gives a hesitation move, then turns on the afterburners down the sidelines. The ball carriers look great. The team gets a kick out of watching fullback Adam Harris tote the rock, though.

6:00 PM: Alec Lemon torches cornerback Ri’Shard Anderson for six. The secondary hasn’t been too hot today.

6:04 PM: Good lookin’ Charley Loeb misses high on a swing pass and possible lateral. Gotta love DC Scott Schaefer. There’s not a defensive player who didn’t help set up a caravan going the other way, just in case. He’s smiling and screaming when they get back to the huddle: "What’re you getting greedy for?"

6:12 PM: Lemon torches the secondary again, but this time he’s got stone hands. Nassib’s got a short memory, though, and threats the needle between two linebackers for Wales. You can hear QB coach Nate Hackett cheer from the stands.

6:15 PM: Nick Provo’s not hurt, but he’s jogging with a trainer…over from receiver drills to O-line drills. He de-cleats defensive end Chandler Jones on his first rep.

6:17 PM: FIGHT ALERT: D-tackle Deon Goggins and starting guard Zach Chibane throw a couple haymakers ‘till D-tackles coach Jimmy Brumbaugh breaks it up. Wouldn’t want to mess with him when he says, "You stop on the God damn whistle."

6:24 PM: Final scrimmage, and the Sales clinic doesn’t close. Nice tightrope catch on the sideline with cornerback Kevyn Scott on his tail.

6:40 PM: Wideout Dorian Graham gets his number called for a reverse and smokes a linebacker. He might be the fastest guy on the team, and it might not be close.

6:42 PM: FIGHT ALERT: Prince-Tyson Gulley is talking like he started it. About 7 S.U. defenders finished it.

6:45 PM: HCDM says "stretch ‘em." He doesn’t look too thrilled about the brawls at the end of practice. Time to dust off the old S.U. helmet and teach these kids a lesson, Doug. 

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