ESPN details spring football pluses, what’s missing
Two ESPN writers recently published an interesting articleafter completing spring football, where they examined what they learned and what they still need to learn for each Atlantic Coast Conference team, including of course Syracuse football.
ESPN’s Andrea Adelson and David Hale’s key takeaways from what these pundits learned this spring revolves around Orange’s offense.
By the way, here are some encouraging nuggets from the ESPN writers.
They wrote in part that if we keep our eye on the 2022 season in a couple of months, Syracuse football’s offense might “look a little more like what Dino Babers’ offenses have typically looked like. Credit to new offensive coordinator Robert Anae, who wrought magic with Virginia’s offense a year ago with a quick pass attack that should sit well with Babers’ history of fast play.
Both Anae and Orange quarterbacks coach Jason Beck left the Cavaliers for the ‘Cuse, and their arrival has got a boatload of Syracuse football fans excited about what the team’s offense could bring in the 2022 term.
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Of course, the Orange’s offense will be spearheaded in large part by star running back Sean Tucker, who was an All-American and All-ACC performer in 2021 when the ‘Cuse lost three straight to end that campaign, and at ended a disappointing 5-7.
In my opinion, Babers really needs to take this roster to six wins and one bowl game in 2022. The schedule ahead is quite challenging but I also believe Anae and Beck are great additions to help the Oranges achieve that sort of overall win.
As high-profile as Sean Tucker is, it’s paramount that the ‘Cuse offense in 2022 isn’t so one-dimensional. That means quarterback Garrett Shrader, the starter for much of 2021, or whoever else sees the field at that position has to at least do a credible job with the Orange’s passing attack.
The ESPN writers noted that quarterback Justin Lamson had a really nice spring and maybe he could run for the ‘Cuse at the QB starting job. We will see.
Not to end on a bad note, but the ESPN report also said that Babers & Co. could really use some extra defensive talent via the transfer portal.
Syracuse Football has lost several defensive line starters from the 2021 group, and as some of my Inside The Loud House colleagues have discussed recently, the Orange’s current defenders are limited in experience and size.
In order for Syracuse football to be likely to play its full defensive potential, ESPN writers believe the ‘Cuse needs to get at least one striker out of the portal and onto the defensive line, and I wholeheartedly agree here.
The orange will undeniably shine in secondary, and it also has a strong core in the linebacker unit. But the line of defense could be a cause for concern as we look towards the 2022 stanza.