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Syracuse football releases first 2019 depth chart ahead of spring practice

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Our first look at potential Orange starting lineups and key reserves for 2019.

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Spring practice starts on Sunday for the Syracuse Orange football program, and ahead of that, we’ve gotten our first look at the two-deep depth chart.

Syracuse.com’s Stephen Bailey posts some initial observations:

And our thoughts on the offensive and defensive adjustments:

Offense

  • Clayton Welch at least begins spring as the backup QB (we’ll see if Rex Culpepper ends up slotting in ahead of him at some point)
  • Jarveon Howard and Abdul Adams get the “OR” at second-string running back
  • Cameron Jordan gets an “OR” with Sharod Johnson at one of the two outside receiver spots (no Russell Thompson-Bishop, however)
  • Trishton Jackson begins sitting behind Sean Riley at inside receiver
  • Sam Heckel takes over at center, with (starting center) Airon Servais shifting out to right tackle
  • Dakota Davis (left guard) and Carlos Vettorello (left tackle) are new listed starters; walk-on Austin Chandler is the reserve left guard right now
  • January arrival Anthony Red gets himself on the two-deep (no former four-star Qadir White, however)

Defense

  • Josh Black now starting at nose tackle
  • We’re back to a 4-2-5 alignment, which Syracuse announced right before last season and then switched back and forth from during the year depending on opponents
  • Andrew Armstrong is slated as starting weakside linebacker, with Lakiem Williams listed as the middle linebacker
  • Tyrell Richards, who spent some time as a linebacker and edge rusher in 2018, sits behind Armstrong
  • Trill Williams is the starting nickel corner, as one may have expected (Antwan Cordy served that role at various times last year — it’s TBD whether he’ll return for his sixth year)
  • Adrian Cole, who just arrived in January, is listed as a backup cornerback
  • Carl Jones is currently manning one of the two starting cornerback spots (Scoop Bradshaw is injured) — slightly surprised that Ifeatu Melifonwu wasn’t listed as the starter given what we saw from him briefly last year

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Certainly more updates to come. Check out Stephen Bailey’s feed for some other nuggets around weight increases/decreases, etc.