Yeah it's still Syracuse Basketball season but there's a ton of updates from the Syracuse Orange football squad today as the team prepares for what every national and non-Syracuse college football expert will undoubtedly predict to be another 4-8 season despite all the evidence to the contrary...
Probably the most disconcerting news is that starting right tackle Ivan Foy has been suspended due to academic issues.
"I've suspended Ivan Foy due to academics. We're hopeful that he can get it turned around, but right now I've separated him from the team except for all his academic support. It's 110 percent, 'How do we give a youngster an opportunity to improve where he's been inconsistent?' We're hopeful, but in the same breath, we're moving along without him until we know he's back. That's how we're going to approach that one."
Foy started every game for the Orange last season on an offensive line that was thought to be returning four starters. Now that appears to be up in the air. Hit those books, sir!
FYI, Sean Hickey is also now the lone returning OL starter who will be playing the same position he played last season. So, what seemed to be a cemented unit has to be considered one up for some concern. At least for now.
Redshirt freshman PJ Batten, who entered the program as a tight end, will be moved to linebacker this spring. Wayne Morgan, who moved from cornerback to safety last year, is headed back to cornerback, and walk-on receiver Alex Schoen is also moving to cornerback.
Meanwhile, it wouldn't be a Syracuse spring practice session without having a handful of guys out with injuries. Durell Eskridge (finger and hip), right guard Nick Robinson (lower-body), linebacker Luke Arciniega (lower body), defensive tackle John Raymon (knee) and walk-on defensive end Kennedy Kodua (shoulder) will all miss the entire spring as they continue to heal.
The good news is that WR Adrian Flemming, CB Julian Whigham, DE Donnie Simmons and WR Keenan Hale will all be participating in camp as they've recovered from the injuries that prematurely ended their seasons in 2013.
Some other random news and notes...
Corey Cooper will wear No. 6 for Syracuse. Wayne Williams No. 75.— Nate Mink (@MinkNate) March 11, 2014
Pre-spring depth chart lists Ryan Sloan at DT opposite Crume. Marqez Hodge at middle linebacker— Nate Mink (@MinkNate) March 11, 2014
WR Brisly Estime listed as starting H-back. Ashton Broyld listed as starter opposite West.— chris carlson (@ccarlsononSU) March 11, 2014
Logjam at wide receiver , but Funderburk is on the 2 line behind Broyld— Nate Mink (@MinkNate) March 11, 2014