The Syracuse Orange football team completed its third training camp practice early in the morning on Aug. 8, so let’s take a look around camp with Syracuse.com and the Daily Orange. For what happened on Saturday, day one of camp, head over here.
Ball security was a theme, with Chris Libonati and Jon Mettus of the Daily Orange reporting that both freshman Otto Zaccardo and sophomore Jordan Fredericks had some trouble, each fumbling once.
RB Dontae Strickland and Fredericks are in an interesting competition: they’re not only competing for playing time, but they’re also roommates, as Syracuse.com’s Stephen Bailey reports. Both also made significant weight changes over the summer:
Fredericks won the starting job as a true freshman last season, but struggled to adjust to head coach Dino Babers' hurry-up spread offense this spring. This summer, he cut about 20 pounds to get down to 210 and notices a difference in speed and endurance.
Strickland tacked on a few pounds this summer and is hoping to maintain his weight around 200 pounds, which would allow him to withstand bigger hits. Fredericks wouldn't mind shedding a couple more pounds as part of an effort to keep himself fit.
Fredericks could also use some work on his tumbling form:
Source: Syracuse RB Jordan Fredericks will try out for 2020 Olympics in gymnastics (video by @scannerelli) pic.twitter.com/Mp1gFiBNmG— Stephen Bailey (@Stephen_Bailey1) August 8, 2016
Trey Dunkelburger switched back to working with the tight end group and the wide receivers, after spending much of the offseason slotted in as a defensive end. Senior Josh Parris remained limited.
Here's a quick video of Trey Dunkelberger catching a pass. Was told by TEs coach Reno Ferri to dip shoulder on cuts. pic.twitter.com/gkk6Ug6lIs— Stephen Bailey (@Stephen_Bailey1) August 8, 2016
Devon Clarke did not participate for the second practice in a row. Chauncey Scissum was also limited status again.
Cordell Hudson did not participate, a new addition to the injury list from Saturday.
Still out: Parris Bennett and Ted Taylor.
Well, punters gon’ punt.
Punters doing what they do... #CuseCamp16 pic.twitter.com/iVyfZQOC5M— Syracuse Football (@CuseFootball) August 8, 2016
Here are some highlights from the first couple days of practice:
Great start to camp for our guys! Check out highlights from Day 1 and 2! #OrangeIsTheNewFasthttps://t.co/JE8ZvmdsmI— Dino Babers (@CoachBabersCuse) August 8, 2016
And from Syracuse.com: