Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Practice Underway for Pinstripe Bowl

With tickets flying off the shelves and many Syracuse fans preparing to travel down to Manhattan for the Inaugural Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium, the Syracuse Orangemen football team resumed practice this week at the newly renovated Manley Field House.

There is enough excitement to go around surrounding the trip to the Big Apple. While the basketball team enjoys a trip to New York City several times a year, this will be the first time many SU Football players will travel to Manhattan.

Antwon Bailey is one of those players and plans on making it a memorable trip. "I want to see the big Christmas tree [in Rockefeller Center]. I saw it on Home Alone." Clearly expectations are high.

On the field, Syracuse practiced in helmets and shoulder pads without head coach Doug Marrone. HCDM is out on the recruiting trail and left the team in the capable hands of Scott Shafer, Nathaniel Hackett, Tyrone Wheatley, Greg Adkins and Jim Brumbaugh.

On Tuesday Van Chew was not in pads and watched from the sidelines. According to a trainer he was just resting a nagging groin injury and the usual bumps and brusies that come with a college football season. Da'Mon Merkerson and Delone Carter were on the field in pads however did not take part in the contact portion of practice. They both participated in sprints.

With Rob Long recovering from an apparently successful surgery to remove a brain tumor, Syracuse has been practicing Ryan Lichtenstein at punter for the Pinstripe Bowl. Lichtenstein was a walk-on place kicker last season. Also working on punting was walk-on quarterback James Jarrett.

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