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Syracuse vs. UConn: Sean Riley primary return man in updated depth chart

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A few changes this week, though we know there’s plenty more that could be altered.

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It’s week four. And if we’ve learned anything from Dino Babers’s depth charts so far, it’s that they only reveal some of the actual changes you’ll see on the field. Part of that is due to waiting on injury reports, etc. And the other part just seems to be a week or so behind the moves made on the field in the previous game.

Last week’s depth chart ended up teasing out Colin Byrne’s status as starting center in place of Jason Emerich, but did not have anything about Emerich’s injury, or the season-ending issues for Antwan Cordy and Juwan Dowels.

This week’s depth chart for the UConn Huskies game functions similarly:

Sean Riley had already taken on primary kick and punt return duties from Brisly Estime by the start of last week’s game, but now it’s written in stone. He has yet to actually return a punt, but he has 15 kick returns for 314 yards so far this season.

The move could puzzle some Syracuse Orange fans due to Estime’s success returning punts last year (one of the best in the country). But Babers likely wants Estime to stay focused on excelling as a receiver. Estime will still be on the punt return team, however. Jordan Fredericks slots in as the no. 2 option on kick returns instead of Estime.

Elsewhere, Emerich is still listed as SU’s starting center, likely as a result of his uncertain status for UConn. Byrne will start in his place if he still can’t go.

Elsewhere, Rodney Williams had already been starting at free safety and this confirms it further. Moe Neal had also been taking nearly all of the non-Dontae Strickland snaps at running back heading into the year, and now he has the second spot on the depth chart to show for it.

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