In just one week, we’ll actually be able to watch the Syracuse Orange do something that looks like a football game on a football field...
On Thursday, SU confirmed many of the details around this year’s “Spring Preview” (spring game...) including admission and parking info, game format, fan elements and more.
We start with the biggest news: This thing will be offense vs. defense. That doesn’t necessarily mean much for a Dino Babers team, since the offense rarely shows a whole lot in a public scrimmage — the last two seasons have been a vanilla portrayal of the eventual scheme. However, it’s still good that it’ll resemble an actual football game. Last year, the “Orange team” won a sloppy affair, 10-0.
There will be an actual preview of what to expect come next week, but for now, know that we’re breaking in a bunch of new wide receivers, and it’s unlikely you see much of Eric Dungey (and he certainly won’t be taking any real hits if he sees the field). Given his current cancer treatment, Rex Culpepper may also be limited. So you’re probably watching a lot of Tommy DeVito (plus Chance Amie and Clayton Welch). That’s not necessarily a bad thing.
The rest of what you care about:
- Gates open at 5 p.m. ET, event starts at 7 p.m. ET
- Game will stream on WatchESPN/ACC Network Extra for those not in the area (like me)
- Select-a-Seat event begins for season ticket holders as soon as gates open
- Admission and parking are free
- Members of the SU football team, Orange cheerleaders and Otto the Orange will be signing autographs afterward
And that’s really it. Hopefully it’s more eventful than last year’s. But obviously you just want to get a glimpse of the team and hope everyone gets out of the contest healthy. We’ll be covering on-sight and will have a gamethread, so should be a fun Friday evening for those of you that would rather watch an organized practice than actually interact with other human beings. As always, this is a judgement-free zone on that front.