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Syracuse football kicks off first day of preseason camp

The Orange are back at it as we start year three of the Dino Babers era... somehow without “Smooth playing.

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Syracuse Orange preseason football camp officially started on Thursday, putting us staggeringly close to the opener against Western Michigan at the end of August.

On top of this intimidating boy band photo, and the startling fact that Rob Thomas and Carlos Santana’s “Smooth” was not played, yesterday’s press conference and today also included some interesting bits of information. Most notably, Tommy DeVito will be getting a chance to compete for the starting quarterback job with Eric Dungey (though I think that’s more to light a fire under Dungey than anything else).

As you expected, the wide receiver positions are all pretty open. Babers made a Allen Iverson “practice” reference, and there was discussion of football players walking onto the basketball team. Dungey’s been wake-surfing this summer, which probably concerns you, even if it’s fine.

More of your Syracuse-related links below:

Babers talks wideouts, DeVito ahead of training camp (Daily Orange)

“There’s a lot going into a wide receiver, you just can’t run routes,” Babers said. “You actually have to know what the coverage is after a step and a half to make sure you do the correct release, so you know whether it’s man zone, whether you’re going to be moving or whether you’re sitting down in an area.

Years of investment paying off for ACC football in national reputation (WRALSportsFan)

“I think we finally have put together a period of time where our league has improved consistently in football. It’s not a flash-in-the-pan kind of situation, and there will be a year, I’m sure, where our champion or another team is not in the playoff. I mean, it’s already happened to some really good conferences. That’s part of the deal at this point in time.

Hoop Exhibition Games Announced (Cuse.com)

Syracuse will begin its 2018-19 men’s basketball season with home exhibition games against The College of St. Rose and Le Moyne on October 25 and 31, respectively.

Preferred Mutual ‘Cuse Family Fun Fest Set for August 18 (Cuse.com)

Inside Manley, fans can test their skills in a passing accuracy challenge, field-goal kicking contest, and the 40-yard dash for the chance to win a variety of great prizes. The top performers in each event will be invited back at 1:30 p.m. to go head-to-head against current Orange players in the “Fans vs. Football” skills challenge.

Syracuse football will pay UConn $350,000 to play at Carrier Dome in return game of series (Syracuse.com)

Syracuse University will pay Connecticut $350,000 to play a football game at the Carrier Dome this September. The payment amount was contracted by both schools when a two-game series was agreed upon in May 2015, according to a copy of the scheduling agreement obtained via an open records request.

Younes Limam and Syracuse agree on ‘long-term contract extension’ (Daily Orange)

Andrew White joins growing list of former Syracuse players competing in Turkey (Syracuse.com)

College football’s top 10 dream alumni backfields (Down the Drive)

Syracuse football opens preseason camp on a different note (Syracuse.com)