Training camp is up and running on campus and so are the familiar faces. Among those is Delone Carter, one of syracuse's biggest concerns coming into the season. In a rare pleasant surprise for the football team we were all VERY pleased to hear DC3 was re-admitted into the University and on campus for the 2nd day of camp.
With Carter back in the fold syracuse can at least remain somewhat competitive on offense with their 1000 yard rusher returning for his final season. Carter will not be suspended for any games, meaning he will be available for his homecoming to his native ohio opening day. The running back position went from stacked to scarce with Carter's future in jeopardy. Averin Collier is apparently ineligible this season, in what appears to be some kind of academic eligibility issue. That would have left Antwon Bailey, back for his junior campaign, to be the starter but with DC back, there's suddenly some stability at the position. Freshman Prince-Tyson Gulley (another great name on this team) seems to be turning some heads in practice as well.
Ryan Nassib is starting quaterback, delighting the fans awaiting the Greg Paulus "experiment" to be over. At the same time this news is also letting down literally dozens and dozens of Orange fans at NunesMagician.com hoping to see Charley Loeb's "ridiculous handsomeness" in the huddle this season. We can look forward to sideline shots I guess. Nassib's arm is far superior to Paulus' in terms of arm strength and this will allow SU to open up the field if they can ever get a receiving corp together.
I'm not even going to write about the wide receivers, because frankly we dont know what to expect to get out of them. Mike Williams has departed for the NFL, leaving behind aptly named junior Van Chew, Alec Lemon (so), hofstra refugee Aaron Weaver (sr), and apparently struggling Marcus Sales junior from local high school CBA. Last season the WR unit dropped plenty of passes and will need to hold onto the pigskin when called upon in order for the offense to consistently perform up to par.
At tight end, syracuse has an experienced player in another hofstra transfer, Jose Cruz. He's a bit of a journeymen by ncaa standards, and I don't have too much else to say about him other than he's played some football in his day. Also on the team is senior Nick Provo. He had some good "flashes" last season but battled injuries. Other than those two players not sure what we should expect from this group. There's always the possibility of a new player to step in and shake up the position.
Some more good news is that internet sensation Shamarko Thomas was supposed to practice today for the first time since suffering a hamstring injury earlier this summer. Rumor had it he was excited to be back. Look for my post about the SU defense in the coming days.