With the Syracuse Orange’s week one game against Central Connecticut State just days away, it was only a matter of time before we saw a depth chart. And thankfully, that time was Monday morning at 11 a.m. ET.
Much of this is what you figured, especially looking back on the preseason depth chart at the start of fall camp. Among the developments worth pointing out right off the bat:
- Sean Riley will start at the second inside receiver position (not listed previously)
- Freshman WRs Nykeim Johnson and Sharod Johnson are both second-teamers
- Jamal Custis wins the second outside receiver job over Devin C. Butler
- Sam Heckel will start at left guard in place of the injured Aaron Roberts
- Newcomers Brandon Berry and Kingsley Jonathan are second-team D-ends
- Andrew Armstrong moves to weakside linebacker (second-team)
- Bowling Green transfer Austin Valdez is now Zaire Franklin’s back-up
- Scoop Bradshaw and Christopher Frederick are your starting cornerbacks
- Evan Foster gets the nod at strong safety
- Jordan Martin switches from corner to free safety
We also know from last year that this can change from depth chart release to game time. But if it’s accurate, it’s nice to see some of the recently-injured players set to start. Some of those included guys at key positions, including Josh Black, Airon Servais and Scoop Bradshaw, but all our present and accounted for here.
Anything surprise you here? I thought it was pretty cut-and-dry, save the linebacker position switch and the freshmen receivers on the two-deep. But perhaps I’m overlooking other developments? Chime in below.