The Syracuse Orange offensive line is retaining one of its most experienced pieces. Mark Petry, who previously walked on Senior Day, will return to SU for a final year. Syracuse.com’s Chris Carlson was the first to report the news, getting confirmation from a team spokesperson.
Petry started the final 11 games of the 2023 season at right tackle, taking over for David Wohlabaugh after his season-ending injury in Week 2. His overall blocking grade by PFF was second among SU’s starting offensive linemen, trailing only Chris Bleich.
The Redshirt Senior played 758 snaps, fourth-most among SU offensive linemen, and allowed a team-worst 18 pressures, including three sacks. Still, Petry played much better down the stretch, finishing with above-average blocking grades in Weeks 12 and 13.
As the Orange have repeatedly learned, it’s essential to have dependable depth on the o-line. While the German tackle won’t be handed a starting job, he will be one of several competing for playing time throughout training camp. Wohlabaugh is returning, as is starting left tackle Enrique Cruz.