Let's check in and see what's what with the Syracuse Orange in camp at Fort Drum.
QB: Ryan Nassib is in his final season as the signal-caller for the Orange and he wants to go out having mastered the offense and mastered the system. He tells ESPN how he's matured and is finding balance within himself and Nate Hackett's system:
"It is a little more natural because it's my third year into the system," Nassib said of this year's camp. "Even though we have been making some adjustments done, trying some new things, my biggest thing now is trying not to do too much. Playing within myself, playing within the system, trying not to think too much and just going out there and playing.
"Pretty much what I did my first two years when I was kind of new to the system, sometimes I found myself trying to do something with the play or something like that that doesn't need to be done. Just work the play, work the system and not try to do too much."
And he probably said it in the most monotone way possible.
RB: What of Syracuse-quarterback-of-the-future Ashton Broyld? He's still adjusting to his new role as RB/WR/Whatever and he's having some fun while doing it (via Nolan Weidner):
"I’ve never played anything but quarterback, but to be able to just run around and just play … its pretty fun," Broyld said. "Its way more fun than I thought it would be."
We're also starting to get a clearer picture of exactly what Broyld is going to do. Turns out it will be pretty much what you think he's going to do.
"I think all I’m going to do as a receiver is catch bubbles and screens," he said, adding that even those can be hard throws to catch because the plays develop so fast.
"We’ll have him lined up at running back. We’ll have him lined up on some of the outside things, and we’ll have him lined up in the wildcat position," Marrone said. "But we have to do a good job of managing what he can handle."
Hey guys, what happened to that veil of secrecy? Just because you're not saying this on Twitter doesn't mean it's not going out there. Hush up!
Meanwhile, Rahme has high praise for freshman George Morris III and his ability to "cut into the hole in a hurry and explode through it into open space." Kinky.
OL: Sean Hickey might end up being the most important guy in camp this year. How are thing coming along for the guy who has to replace Justin Pugh for the first month of the season (against USC & Northwestern)? Pretty good (via Daily Orange)...
"I think I prepared myself well for camp," Hickey said. "I had to shake some playing rust off because you’re going to have that. This past week, I feel like I shook that off. I feel like I’m playing pretty well."
"I had to work all summer for the left tackle, switch my feet up, switch the calls up," Hickey said. "So that’s where I worked all summer. The muscle memory started kicking in for camp. I just repped it all summer."
Rahme also complemented Sweet Lou Alexander for his speed and ability to get out on a screen pass and make some space.
TE: Dave Rahme says Beckett Wales impressed with his speed and hands but keeps waiting to see it translate into an actual game.
DL: Rahme liked John Raymon's hustle and the way he was able to throw that 316-pound frame.
Davon Walls is finally fully-operational and is making waves on the second-team defense. Keep an eye on him as he should be in the mix. Markus Pierce-Brewster also appears to be playing himself into PT.
DB: Keon Lyn has been an interception-machine since returning to practice on Monday.