When the Toledo Rockets come to the Dome to play Syracuse this weekend, they'll be arriving as a two-headed monster. Not content to just go it with one quarterback, they featured Terrance Owens and Austin Dantin, who split time at the position.
Owens took the majority of the snaps against Boise State last week despite the fact that Dantin started the game. Toledo coach Tim Beckman announced that a starter would not be named until after today's practice, so let's keep an eye on that. Beckman has already said both QBs will see playing time regardless of who starts.
Don't be fooled, Syracuse Orange fan. The offensive line took a lot of steps forward in last week' loss to USC. How do I know? Cause the guys in charge of coaching them told me so.
"I thought the (offensive) line played much better in this game than it had in the last two games. That’s a good sign," SU head coach Doug Marrone said.
"It may not have seemed like it, but it probably was our best game overall up front," Adkins said. "From a protection standpoint and from an assignment standpoint, overall I thought it was a good game. Not where we need to be, but good."
And it's Adkins with the double-standpoint! What an upset.
The O-line is expecting a heavy rush from a defensive line that features three seniors and one junior. Macky MacPherson thinks the Ryan Nassib Air Show might be selling tickets again this week.
"A team like Toledo, they’re going to have eight in the box. If we’re able to run the ball, that’s great, but we might have to do what we did against Rhode Island and maybe throw the ball," MacPherson said.
The Orange continue to throw a lot of newbies to the wolves. Some of those newbies aren't freshmen, however. Take Ollie Haney, the fifth-year defensive lineman who saw action on the line for the first time in his career last week:
"I didn’t even have time to be nervous. I just jumped right in there...I remember just thinking, don’t mess this up," he said. "Get my hands where they’ve got to be. Bring my feet. It was pretty cool to get in there."
Syracuse University football coach Doug Marrone will discuss Toledo, answer questions tonight...Dave Rahme
Syracuse University football receiver Michael Acchione makes his dad proud...Nolan Weidner
Syracuse vs. Toledo is this week's The Most Significant Insignificant Game...Grantland
What To Watch For: Syracuse Secondary vs. Eric Page...ESPN Big East
Orange look to bounce back against Page, Rockets...The Juice
Prediction: Syracuse 27 - Toledo 24...ESPN Big East
Toledo hoping recent experiences help against Syracuse...YNN