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Syracuse spring football update through two practices

“We Rolodex this thing and it just keeps going.”

NCAA Football: Syracuse at Wake Forest Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

The Syracuse Orange football program’s already through two full practices — Sunday and Tuesday — and with that, we’ve gotten some updates on player health and some quotes (plus other items).

During Sunday’s kickoff, Syracuse hosted several key 2020 prospects during junior day, including three-star QB target Tyler Van Dyke.’s Stephen Bailey broke down the full visitors’ list and what stood out.

Some players spoke a bit following Sunday’s practice, including Moe Neal and Tommy DeVito. Plus Dino Babers also talked to press following the early session.

“I think this is the best opening practice we’ve had here at Syracuse,” Babers said. “The energy, the way the guys are moving around, their familiarity with what we wanted – I thought they did an excellent job. It was a fantastic opening day.”

“The big thing for me on Day 1 is not to treat it like Day 1. The way I see it is as the ending of Year 3 and the start of Year 4. We never stop. It’s a Rolodex. We Rolodex this thing and it just keeps going.”

#OrangeIsTheNewRolodex, as you’ll come to learn.

On Tuesday, Bailey shared notes on some absences from practice (which always happen). Jake Pickard and Ed Hendrix were out, and missed all of last season with injuries. Caleb Okechukwu also sat for the second practice in a row with an illness. Scoop Bradshaw, Evan Foster and (walk-on) Kyle Strickland were limited.

The Orange are back in action on Thursday. As new information becomes available, we’re happy to share. In the meantime, catch up on spring position previews. Our next one, discussing the rebuilt offensive line, goes up tomorrow.