The Syracuse Orange “Spring Football Saturday” event is just four days away, and with it we’ll be able to get perhaps a first extended glimpse of key players on both sides of the ball (and special teams).
We’ve covered position previews extensively. But as the game — which will be an offense vs. defense scrimmage — gets closer, we did want to highlight some players that we’re specifically encouraged to see more of.
Today, we start with the offense.
Tommy DeVito, QB
It should be little surprise that DeVito headlines this list. And while we saw plenty of the then-redshirt freshman last season, this is the first time it’s truly his show. There won’t be any contact on the quarterbacks in this game and the playbook’s going to be watered down considerably. Still, just seeing how he looks with the first-team, how he’s potentially improved some accuracy and how he’s putting the arm strength to good use is worth the investment. It’ll also be interesting to see who his favored targets are at this juncture.
Jawhar Jordan, RB
It took him a year, but Jordan finally got to campus in January and it appears he’s been impressing since his arrival. The freshman had three touchdowns in this past Saturday’s scrimmage and though we seemingly had the backfield figured out, there’s a chance that he shakes that up somewhat. If he’s as much of a playmaker as early returns seem to have indicated, Dino Babers likely finds some way to get him on the field.
Trishton Jackson, WR
We caught a glimpse of Jackson in the Camping World Bowl, where he scored a second half touchdown. Still, it’ll be telling what sort of rapport he’s already developed with DeVito and what sort of role he’ll play within the evolving passing game. Having a full spring to be on the same page with the offense and be integrated into gameplans should show us a different player than the one we saw back in December.
Clayton Welch, QB
There will be a lot of people on campus to see DeVito in action, but we shouldn’t sleep on Welch either. With Chance Amie transferring out this offseason, Welch is now the go-to backup and that puts some potential pressure on him. He’ll get extended snaps in the spring game and since we don’t have a ton to go off of just yet, I’m curious to see how he looks running the offense now that he’s getting far more reps.
Carlos Vettorello, OT
Vettorello started off the spring at the top of the depth chart for left tackles, which means Dino has a hell of a lot of faith in the redshirt freshman already. Though he may wind up supplanted by South Alabama grad transfer Ryan Alexander come the summer, we’re probably seeing plenty of Vettorello this year as he gets prepared to likely step into a starting role for 2020.
Any offensive players you’re particularly psyched about on Saturday? Share your own names below.