As has now become old hat for the Dino Babers era, the Syracuse Orange are not showing many changes in the week to week depth chart. In this case, both the offense and defense remained completely unchanged in their two-deep. The special teams however got a few “OR” designations.
Of note are the addition of Nolan Cooney as an “OR” in any spot that Sterling Hofrichter would have been placed in. Unfortunately this is likely due to the injury that Hofrichter sustained in the second half against Louisville. No news has been heard on that, so how those positions shake out is to be seen.
Also, Jawhar Jordan now has an “OR” with Sean Riley at kick returner. He has been the deep man since eligible and should continue work at a position he has looked solid at, if he plays. Currently Jordan has played in four contests and would need to sit this week in order to preserve his redshirt year.
After the prior loss to the Louisville Cardinals and the Orange all but removed from bowl eligibility, we may also see some more changes on the field and some more run for the younger players, as well as those players who are eligible to retain their redshirt for the season.
On the offense, Courtney Jackson has only played in one contest at present, so getting him some more run wouldn’t be a bad thing as he can preserve the redshirt. You also have some young options in Anthony Queeley and Cameron Jordan who would be good to get some touches.
Defensively, while Mikel Jones has been working into the mix more and more lately, it may not be a bad idea to show Juan Wallace or Lee Kpogba the field. Both have played special teams most of the year and may have something to contribute moving forward.
On the line, turn Tyrell Richards loose on the end, or get Curtis Harper more reps on the inside. The freshman tandem of Drew Tuazama and Steve Linton would be good to play, as Syracuse is losing just about everything at defensive end.
All in all, the depth chart leaves us with a lot of the same, but the speculation on what we see on the field this Saturday should be interesting.