When Syracuse started fall camp prior to the 2012 season, redshirt freshman Ivan Foy was slated as one of two players to battle it out for the starting right guard position. While he ended up winning the job in camp, he lost his job during the season to Rob Trudo.
In 2013, Foy was the starting right tackle entering camp. This time, however, there was seemingly little competition behind him. Moving from the inside to the outside provided enough of a challenge.
"It's been a big one," Foy admitted. "Because at guard everything is right there. At tackle, I have to work more in space and by myself. I don't have as much help. So that's been the biggest transition from guard to tackle."
To make things even more interesting, the coaching staff turnover resulted in a new position coach for the 6-foot-4 sophomore. Foy claims the difference in coaching style hasn't been that noticeable.
"I wouldn't say there's a big difference," Foy explained. "They're both great coaches and they both know what they're talking about. The difference is, now that I'm working at tackle instead of guard, Coach Perles is working with me more because it's a big change. It's a big difference so I need a little more help. When I was at guard, I already had been playing that so I knew the basics and how to get everything done."
"Coach Perles always points out what needs to be done and what I need to work on. He doesn't talk about the good things as much because he already knows that we know what they are. He focuses on the little things he wants us to get done to keep improving. Things like footwork and where my eyes should be on certain plays. Stuff like that."
Foy is one of two new starters for an offensive line still working to come together. He believes they are on the verge of being where they want to be as a group.
"As a unit, we're not all the way there but we're getting very close," Foy described. "Gelling just comes with experience and as games go on, I'm pretty sure we're going to get better and better. We'll get more comfortable with what we're doing and what the guy beside us is doing. So as of right now, we're not all the way to where we want to be, but we're very close."
"My comfort level with the playbook is very good. I understand it and I have a leader in Macky. Macky is a genius when it comes to this playbook. He knows everything and where everyone is supposed to be. If I don't know something, I just ask Macky and he lets me know what I have to do."
One thing being preached throughout Syracuse's 2013 roster is toughness. Foy believes the Orange are poised to make some noise this season despite being doubted by many.
"The offense is going to be a tough offense," Foy declared. "We know we may not have the best players like Clemson or Florida State, but we're going to be tough. We're going to do what we have to do to win. We're going to surprise people this year."