Days 8 & 9 of Syracuse Orange football practice are behind us as the team took Sunday off to recoup and prepare for two-a-days starting Monday. Let's get caught up...
Of the three big backs for the Orange, Rahme says "Bailey is the most diverse, Gulley is the quickest and Ameen-Moore is a pile mover."
According to the SU football office, Hickey had pain and swelling in his left knee after Saturday's practice. An MRI revealed a torn anterior cruciate ligament and a lateral meniscus tear. Surgery is planned soon, the release said.
Add him to Nick Lepak (concussion), Ian Allport (concussion) and Jarel Lowery (knee) and you can see we've got some concerns. There is only one backup tackle left active that has any experience (Andrew Phillips). Pray for him.
Quote of the day came from defensive ends coach Tim Daoust, who offered "five points" to the player who could come up with the best "punch" during a drill. Each player had two chances to deliver a blow to an opposing teammate’s shoulder pads. Star defensive end Chandler Jones made a mighty roar when he went, but Daoust was unimpressed. "Soft. Soft. You make a lot of noise with your mouth. Make noise with your hands." The winner was Torrey Ball.
Because I don't think we officially mentioned, Keon Lyn dislocated his right shoulder during Thursday’s practice and will be out indefinitely. "Out indefinitely" is the phrase of the summer.
Marrone says he wants to have as much decided as possible, as far as positions, by 10 days prior to the season opener against Wake Forest on Sept. 1. With two-a-days starting today, it's now or never for the players on the fringe.
"I think we’ve got to do a better job of dealing with adversity," he said. "I’m concerned about the mental toughness and the physical toughness of our team, and how do we go forward and not have those types of ups and downs which are occurring right now."
Best exchange of the day goes to Marrone and a Syracuse fan in section 327:
"We’ll be up in Section 327," a man promised Marrone, "screaming our heads off for you."
"That’s good," Doug told the guy. "Maybe I’ll come up and join you if things are going bad."
Doug Marrone makes fans a priority at Fanfest.
Interview with Durell Eskridge during Media Day.