It was learned coming out of the Syracuse Orange loss to the Duke Blue Devils this weekend, that even more of the team was banged up compared to what was previously known. The fact that Tommy DeVito will likely be out the remainder of the season, and that Andre Cisco is out and has now declared for the draft as well, isn’t the best look for the Orange depth chart. Combine that with some other “owies” as Coach Babers refers to them, and you get the following two-deep.
Here is Syracuse's depth chart for Saturday's game against Liberty. Of note - Rex Culpepper is officially the starting quarterback. True freshmen Dillon Markiewicz and Jacobian Morgan share the second-string quarterback roles.— Christian De Guzman (@CTDeGuz) October 14, 2020
Jawhar Jordan is also not listed due to injury. pic.twitter.com/TTKlPH3vaY
First thing jumping at you is the first OR, between true freshmen Dillon Markiewicz and Jacobian Morgan. The quarterback line opens with Rex Culpepper being named the starting signal caller, followed by the pair of freshmen. Likely this means Rex gets the start and the majority of the snaps, but maybe Morgan and Markiewicz can get some reps in either scripted situations or garbage time.
Sean Tucker is officially named the RB1, with Jawhar Jordan missing significant time. Unfortunately, at the end of the Duke game, he was also carrying a knock, so the hope is he’s ready to go. Otherwise, it looks like Markenzy Pierre will get the nod.
The other official switch on the offense is the swapping of tackles Matthew Bergeron and Airon Servais. We saw this switch in the Duke game, and it may or may not have had an effect on the line play. This is one to keep eyes on moving forward.
On defense, even after picking up what looked to be a bad injury against Duke, Geoff Cantin-Arku is listed as the first team Mike. At the Sam, however, Stefon Thompson and Steve Linton are listed with an OR. Previously this spot was Thompsons, with Linton and Tyrell Richards getting the OR designation.
In the secondary, Eric Coley is moved behind Ja’had Carter at the boundary safety and Rob Hanna is officially the starting Rover, acknowledging the known Cisco injury and reflecting that he won’t suit up for the Orange again.