Posted: 5:00 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013
By Sean Keeley
The Offensive Line: Behind any successful ground attack is a good line. The Orange lost Justin Pugh and Zack Chibane, who started all 13 games last season. The line simply has not owned the trenches like it needs to for SU to have a chance. It needs to open up holes for Smith, PTG, George Morris II, Devante McFarlene that has not been done yet this year
Scott Shafer and the Syracuse Orange, who have yet to take the field at the Carrier Dome, let alone play their first ACC conference game, find themselves squarely at a crossroads.
"We’ll start with Drew and get him going in the first couple three series, and then I want to get Terrel in the mix early," he said. "I look forward to seeing both of those kids improve that position."
"They're suffering from an identity crisis," said former fullback Tombe Kose, who graduated in 2012. "They don't have an offense precisely. They don't know what direction they want to go in."
"I'm doing fine. Right now, I'm just taking it easy before practice starts," he said. "I don't want nothing lingering on."
Never mind that his team has lost to a couple of favorites, Penn State and Northwestern, out there on the road. And that he has seven new-to-Syracuse assistants on his staff. And that he was left without an experienced quarterback. And that the best offensive lineman (Justin Pugh), best defender (Shamarko Thomas) and two best wide receivers (Alex Lemon and Marcus Sales) from last season's club are gone. Hey, it's never too early to rush to judgment. The man is 0-2 and doesn't look at all like Ben Schwartzwalder, Dick MacPherson and Doug Marrone (who won five of their collective first 22 games, but who needs to know that?).
This year's class of inductees includes Jamie Archer, Bob Elmer, Laverne Doctor and Casey Powell.
SU has offered Jones, a Class of 2015 prospect, a basketball scholarship. That offer delighted Jones, who has emerged from an impressive summer on the AAU circuit as a top talent. Jones was in Syracuse for the Orange Elite Camp on Aug. 31, where he witnessed the marvels of the Melo Center and saw the SU campus. Romanczuk said Jones "really enjoyed his visit" to Syracuse.
"My favorite thing to tell fans before football games and big basketball games is to arrive early," Sala said. "The quad is open. We'll have a family fun zone there. I strongly urge everyone to arrive early."
Dan Conley and Brent Axe return for another edition of "The Blitz." Does Syracuse have a quarterback controversy already? Dan reflects on his time coaching at Wagner and what the Orange can expect from the Seahawks in Saturday's home opener.
"I know Lee really wants to do it,'' Gross said. "It's obviously a great rivalry. Those are games that should be played. They just need to figure out their scheduling and their conference.''
What did Smith think about only getting the ball 11 times? How about life in offensive coordinator George McDonald's new offense so far and what he thinks about SU's 0-2 start?
With all the hoopla surrounding Tyler Ennis’ arrival to campus, along with Tyler Roberson and the other 3 members of the Orange’s freshmen class (ranked No. 6 nationally), star senior C.J. Fair has practically become an afterthought. The incoming point guard is getting all the hype, but it’s Fair, continuing Cuse’s recent string of strong senior leaders, who is going to have the breakout year.