The media got its second open look this summer at the Syracuse Orange football on Friday morning. Today we got a decent look at the team and how the depth chart might shape up. Keep in mind this is all unofficial, but if our eyes don’t deceive us, we might have a few answer as to how the Orange will take the field against Ohio.
Practice started with three 11v11 drives. The ones started, with Sean Tucker not gaining much ground against the Syracuse run defense. Notably during today’s practice, presumptive starting tight end Luke Benson was on the sidelines in street clothes. Taking his tight end spot on the ones was Max Mang.
Also on offense, it appears that Damien Alford is the front runner to be the No. 3 wideout behind Taj Harris and Anthony Queeley. We didn’t see much from the passing game, with only one pass attempted and completed to Harris.
Speaking of the passing, it was Tommy DeVito who ran with the ones. As I mentioned above, the ones only ran one passing play, so not much to show from him.
A couple of videos from today’s practice session. First - Tommy DeVito’s only pass of the session in 11v11 - a completion to Taj Harris. pic.twitter.com/XEMqljpP5k— Christian De Guzman (@CTDeGuz) August 13, 2021
Also of note, on the defensive side of the ball, transfer Jason Simmons ran with the ones, seemingly as one of the safeties. Perhaps the bigger development is that Darien Chestnut appears to be the frontrunner for the No. 2 cornerback role alongside Garrett Williams. A lot of hype surrounded the New Jersey native during the recruiting process, and it seems like the true freshman is ready for the spotlight.
The twos showed a bit more about who might be the backups this season. Jarveon Howard was the running back who came out second. Fan might think Abdul Adams should have that spot, but Adams was limited in practice today. It’s currently unclear as to where Adams sits on the depth chart.
With the twos, Jarveon Howard breaks around the right side here. pic.twitter.com/ieMEcB72ZV— Christian De Guzman (@CTDeGuz) August 13, 2021
Garrett Shrader, unsurprisingly, ran out with the twos. He attempted and completed four passes, with the caveat that all of the passes were for short yardage. Two of his passes went to tight end Steven Mahar, which makes people like me happy that Syracuse might use their tight ends more.
Garrett Shrader didn’t throw long in his passing attempts. He was perfect in all of them, including two to Steven Mahar pic.twitter.com/5qlOXEut5A— Christian De Guzman (@CTDeGuz) August 13, 2021
One of the bigger highlights of the open practice was a rush/block drill between the linebackers and the group of the running backs and the tight ends. The starting linebackers did get the better of the offensive blockers early, which is to be somewhat expected.
Capping it off with a two-part video of rush/block drills between the LBs and RBs/TEs. Here’s part one. pic.twitter.com/leHni8B8WO— Christian De Guzman (@CTDeGuz) August 13, 2021
On a side note, Josh Hough is a big dude. He was the running back with the threes on their drive and he has a ton of mass behind him. I wouldn’t be surprised if he shoots up the depth chart particularly quickly in the coming years.
Part two of the rush/block drill. Josh Hough is a big dude. pic.twitter.com/FEN52nIRzJ— Christian De Guzman (@CTDeGuz) August 13, 2021
Football excitement is brewing, there’s no doubt about that. And now we have a better idea on how the team will line up for the upcoming season.