The issue is why the practices are closed, and why the players are not to speak with the media. The answer is because of the uncertainty the team faces with Rutgers and Big East play looming, and the fact that it poses SU with a disadvantage schematically if the information is public. All three phases of the team are dealing with considerable injury, which hurts when trying to install a game plan.
"It's very difficult," Marrone said. "We will have to look at the film tonight and probably take some stuff out, unfortunately it is very difficult to add stuff because we are on to the next phase of game-planning…"
Slowing down Sanu
Not only is Marrone and the coaching staff dealing with the influx of injuries, but another big-time wide receiver threat will challenge the Orange secondary for the third week in a row (See Roberts Woods from USC and Eric Page from Toledo): Scarlet Knight junior, Mohamed Sanu.
"He can make catches all over," Marrone said. "He can make catches on the side, in the flats, deep down the field, acrobatic catches…and more importantly there's a toughness about him. He goes over the middle and makes those catches."
Sanu has 29 catches in his last two games and took home Big East Offensive Player of the Week honors after a conference record 16 against Ohio. In two career games against Syracuse, Sanu has 117 total yards on 14 touches.
"He just keeps getting better," said Rutgers coach Greg Schiano told reporters after the record-breaking performance. "Mohamed is very strong and has great control when the pass is thrown at him. He knows how to prevent the covering back from staying with him."
It remains somewhat early in the week, but the ‘Cuse has its hands full already.