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Syracuse football: an early look at the 2024 depth chart on offense

Some new faces could be immediate contributors

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The Syracuse Orange will have some new faces in 2024. We took an early look at the depth chart on defense yesterday, so now it’s the offense’s turn.

Quarterback: Kyle McCord takes the starting reins with Carlos Del-Rio Wilson and Braden Davis battling for the #2 spot with freshman Jakhari Williams. Unless one of these guys leaves, I wouldn’t expect the Orange to add another quarterback right now.

Running Back: We have to see if the new offensive staff looks to split carries more in 2024. No matter what LeQuint Allen will see the bulk of the work with Juwaun Price an experienced back-up. Could we see Dan Villari in more of a fullback/tight end role next Fall? Villari showed down the stretch he can be a weapon with the ball in his hands.

Wide Receiver: Damien Alford, Donovan Brown and Umari Hatcher could all be back, but will they hold onto starting jobs? Trebor Pena missed almost all of last season and is expected back to man a slot receiver position. Georgia transfers Yazeed Haynes and Jackson Meeks will be here in Spring with incoming freshmen Emmanuel Ross and Jaylan Hornsby.

Let’s assume it’s a three-receiver set, so Alford, Hatcher and Haynes are the starting group with a lot of snaps for the 2nd unit.

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Tight end: Oronde Gadsden II announced he’ll be back next season and once he’s healthy, he’s going to be a featured weapon for McCord. Villari’s versatility could see him playing all over the field as well and David Clement, Jamie Tremble and Elijah Washington offer some tantalizing size and athleticism. Max Mang’s served as a blocking tight end, but we’ll see if he still has a role in the new offense.

Offensive Line: The biggest area of concern for the Orange once again. Returning players include David Wohlabaugh Jr, Enrique Cruz, J’Onre Reed, Joe Cruz, Joe More, Kalan Ellis, Jakob Bradford, Mark Petry and Josh Ilaoa all have starting experience. Incoming transfer Joshua Miller could be an immediate upgrade, but this group is going to being watched closely in the spring as we try and figure out who emerges.

I’ll put the starters as E. Cruz, Miller, Reed, Ellis, Wohlabaugh. There are some solid players here, but depth is a concern.

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Which players on the offense will you be watching closely this spring?