Just as the unveiling of the preseason spring depth chart is an annual rite of passage, so is discovering the interesting things that have changed between the end of spring practice and beginning of fall practice. Such is the case for the 2014 Syracuse Orange football preseason depth chart, which features a handful of interesting changes.
The most notable change has to be the ascension of Omari Palmer to starting left guard over Rob Trudo. Trudo started every game at that spot last season for the Orange and seemed to be in control of the spot as recently as last week as far as we knew. Trudo has spent a chunk of the spring at center before John Miller got his feet under him. No word yet on how lasting this move will be. The good news is that this means SU has at least seven capable offensive lineman in the rotation now.
The other curious placement is the re-rise of Adonis Ameen-Moore, who is listed at No. 2 overall on the RB depth chart. Ahead of George Morris II and Devante McFarlane, AAM seems to have remade himself once again as a slimmed down bruiser. He might be just what SU needs as someone in the mold of Jerome Smith's North-South running shoes as a compliment to the speedier Prince-Tyson Gulley. Hopefully the once-Tank Package star-turned-fullback has found a place where he can make a consistent contribution.
Some other notes of notable note:
Mitch Kimble is listed as the No. 2 quarterback, ahead of No. 3 A.J. Long and No. 4 Austin Wilson. By all accounts, this race is far from over.
Ashton Broyld and Adrian Flemming are in an either/or race for the starting WR spot across from Jarrod West. Quinta Funderburk is listed at No. 2 behind West.
Sean Avant leapfrogged Corey Winfield to take the No. 2 spot at H-Back behind Brisly Estime. Expect that position to find more footing this season.
Freshman Aaron Roberts is currently listed as the back-up right guard. Freshman Zaire Franklin is No. 2 in line at OLB behind Cameron Lynch. And freshman Juwan Dowels is backing up Brandon Reddish at the corner spot.
The kicking game depth chart actually has some depth for once. That's nice.
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