Looking at other positional rankings, Syracuse free safety Durell Eskridge ranks No. 1 at his position. He was listed as one of the top overall safeties in the nation by Mel Kiper Jr. in June. No other Orange juniors made a top 25.
Syracuse will be looking to extend its bowl streak to three straight seasons this year. That won't be an easy task given the strength of SU's schedule. Of the 12 teams that the Orange face this year, eight of them went to bowl games last year.
Well, it’s finally here. Preseason camp opens up in Syracuse on Saturday, with head coach Scott Shafer officially opening his second year at the helm and the Orange looking to build on two straight bowl game victories and a 7-6 record in 2013. Obviously, there are some question marks as Syracuse gets back out on the field. Let’s take a look at a few of them, shall we?
Bowl game. That's been the standard for success under the previous two coaching staffs and the program hasn't risen far enough for that to change. Expectations have elevated thanks to last year's finish but SU's talent level hasn't changed significantly from a team that didn't look like it belonged on the same field as Florida State, Clemson, Northwestern or Georgia Tech.
Syracuse quarterbacks coach Tim Lester told me one of the biggest steps Hunt can make this season is developing a shorter memory on the field.
Irving, a member of Team USA, displays his fondness for the Mikan drill.
"It’s fun and yet a little weird," Nassib said. "I spent so much time with those coaches for a big part of my life. It’s going to be a little different playing against them than with them. It happens all the time. At the end of the day, I’m more focused on the job at hand than whether I’m beating my old coach. When the time comes, it will just be another opponent."
Gregory, who is entering his ninth season, spent the last two years with the Patriots before he was let go for salary cap purposes. He is coming off a strong 2013 season in which he finished with a career-high 79 tackles.