Following the Syracuse Orange’s 63-20 loss to Maryland last weekend, we thought there was a chance the depth chart could see some major shake-ups. At least for now, that doesn’t seem to be the case — though Dino Babers’s depth charts are also usually about a week behind what we see on the field, so maybe we’re still anticipating switches for Saturday’s game against the Clemson Tigers.
The main adjustments are on the offensive line, where some more “OR” notations are added to indicate a bit of a position battle — or an injury, in this case. Sam Heckel’s status determines where Airon Servais plays on the line (center or tackle), and other spots get thrown into question as a result. You’ll see “OR” designations at left tackle (Servais or Carlos Vettorello), center (Heckel or Servais) and right tackle (Vettorello or Ryan Alexander).
An “OR” also remains in the second slot receiver spot between Nykeim Johnson and Courtney Jackson, which could also be due to Nykeim’s offseason injury. Nykeim’s caught seven passes in 2019, but for just nine yards. Jackson, a freshman, has yet to catch a pass for SU.
One might’ve potentially expected some “OR” developments next to the linebackers as well. That may come in-game, however, after Andrew Armstrong and Lakiem Williams struggled against Maryland.
No word yet on McKinley Williams’s status. Obviously it would be a huge boost to stopping the run (essential vs. Travis Etienne) if he was back in some capacity.