CuseNation Predictions vs SU Depth Chart

John Garcia Jr, Dan Tortora, and Mike McAllister used their expertise from watching fall camp to predict the starters on offense and defense. See how well they did against the official depth chart released on Saturday.

With the release of Syracuse's official two-deep depth chart, takes a look at how they did predicting the starters

Quarterback: Ryan Nassib

No shocker here. All three got this one right. Mike McAllister, John Garcia Jr., and Dan Tortora all correctly predicted Nassib was the QB for the 2012 Syracuse Orange.

Running Back: Jerome Smith

McAllister/Tortora: Both Mike and Dan predicted Ashton Broyld based on his playmaking ability and what he's shown in camp. However, the starter post-spring remains the starter as Jerome Smith won the gig. Broyld didn't make the two deep, but Marrone insists he will play. 

Garcia Jr: John correctly predicted Jerome Smith based on being the most balanced back to choose from. Marrone agreed. Though all backs will get a chance to carry the ball.

Fullback: Clay Cleveland

McAllister/Tortora: Both Dan and Mike predicted Myles Davis based on what they saw in camp. However, Cleveland got the nod from Marrone and company.

Garcia Jr: John predicted Cleveland based on familiarity with the offense and was correct again. 

Wide Receivers: Marcus Sales & Alec Lemon

McAllister: Mike correctly picked the top receivers as the two with the most experience. Sales' ability to be a downfield threat combined with Lemon's steadiness as a possession receiver compliment each other perfectly.

Tortora: Dan predicted Lemon & West. Lemon's experience and consistency made him a logical choice. Dan missed on West, but Jarrod will get plenty of playing time in 2012.

Garcia Jr: John also predicted Lemon & Sales. Their experience and consistency make them the best options. 

Offensive Line: Sean Hickey, Zach Chibane, Macky MacPherson, Ivan Foy, and Lou Alexander

McAllister/Garcia Jr: Mike and John predicted four of the five correct, missing on Ivan Foy. Foy and Rob Trudo were in a battle all fall for the position, and Foy ultimately won. Trudo still has a high ceiling and will be the primary backup at guard.

Tortora: Dan also got four correct, missing on the right tackle position. He selected Kyle Knapp, but Alexander was the choice. Knapp certainly has impressed and has a high ceiling. If Alexander struggles, Knapp could fill in sooner rather than later.

Tight-End: Beckett Wales

McAllister/Tortora/Garcia Jr: All three correctly selected Beckett Wales as the starting tight-end. He has great rapport with Nassib, and should be very productive in an offense that features the tight-end.

Defensive End: Markus Pierce Brewster and Brandon Sharpe

McAllister: Mike correctly picked MPB, but had selected Welsh instead of Sharpe. Robert Welsh will still get plenty of snaps, and could be a key contributor on defense.

Tortora: Dan missed on both, selecting Deon Goggins and Robert Welsh. Goggins moved back to defensive tackle, and Welsh will be a key backup.

Garcia Jr: John missed on Sharpe, predicting Goggins to be one of the starting ends. But the man who John thinks could be the biggest impact new comer, MPB, was his other selection. Look for Pierce-Brewster to cause opposing quarterbacks fits right away.

Defensive Tackle: Jay Bromley and Deon Goggins

McAllister/Tortora/Garcia Jr: All three selected Bromley and Crume, thinking Goggins would stay at defensive end. With the injury to Ryan Sloan, Goggins move makes sense. His versatility will be important for the defensive line. Davon Walls and Zian Jones will be key reserves along with Eric Crume.

Linebackers: Marquis Spruill, Siriki Diabate, and Dyshawn Davis

McAllister/Garcia Jr: Both Mike and John selected this group correctly. Spruill's experience and talent mean he must be on the field. Diabate has established himself since the spring. Davis is the team's best blitzer.

Tortora: Dan correctly selected Diabate and Davis. He predicted Lynch over Spruill. Dan has said Davis has had the best camp of anyone on either side of the ball. While Lynch didn't get the nod, he will be a key reserve in the linebacker rotation. Dan Vaughan will see time as well.

Cornerback: Brandon Reddish and Ri'Shard Anderson

McAllister: Mike was the only one of the three to get these correct. Based on their performance in camp, they seem to be the best choice. Keon Lyn will get plenty of playing time as well.

Tortora: Dan chose Jaston George and Julian Whigham, who both had excellent camps. However, they simply don't have the experience to replace Reddish, Anderson, or Lyn. Whigham is only a freshman, but Marrone said he would be comfortable playing him. George will also be a key reserve.

Garcia Jr: John chose Keon Lyn as well as Anderson, missing on Reddish. Lyn might have the most NFL-ability of any of the corners. He will still see significant playing time as the nickel corner. 

Free Safety: Jeremi Wilkes

McAllister: Mike correctly chose Wilkes based on his experience. Marrone clearly trusts him and have him the bod. 

Tortora/Garcia Jr: Both Dan and John selected youngster Durell Eskridge. Despite not being selected, he will see plenty of action and has the higher ceiling. 

Strong Safety: Shamarko Thomas

McAllister/Garcia Jr: Both Mike and John liked Thomas' hitting ability and experience. They made the correct choice as Shamarko will look to get back to intimidating opposing offenses in 2012.

Tortora: Dan selected Ritchy Desir based on what he saw in camp. While Desir played well, Marrone went with experience. Desir will still play, and should man the position as a starter in 2013.


McAllister: Predicted 17 out of 22 starting positions correctly.

Tortora: Predicted 11 out of 22 starting positions correctly.

Garcia Jr: Predicted 16 out of 22 starting positions correctly.

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